Los Angeles Rams (15-5) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (13-7)
February 13, 2022 6:30 pm EDT
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals +4 / Los Angeles Rams -4; Over/Under: 48.5
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The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams square off Sunday night in NFL Super Bowl LVI action at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The Los Angeles Rams look to win their first Super Bowl since the 1999 NFL season. The Cincinnati Bengals have a chance to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
The Los Angeles Rams have won eight of their last nine games. Matthew Stafford is completing 72 percent of his passes for 905 yards, 6 touchdowns and 1 interception. Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. have combined for 622 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while Tyler Higbee has 9 receptions. The Los Angeles Rams ground game is averaging 140 yards per contest, and Cam Akers leads the way with 151 yards on 54 carries. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 18.3 points and 274.7 yards per game. A’Shawn Robinson leads the Los Angeles Rams with 16 tackles, Von Miller has 2 sacks and David Long Jr. has 1 interception.
The Cincinnati Bengals have won six of their last seven games. Joe Burrow is completing 68.8 percent of his passes for 842 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins have combined for 488 receiving yards and 1 touchdown, while Joe Mixon has 13 receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 83 yards per contest, and Mixon leads the way with 190 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 19.7 points and 371 yards per game. Logan Wilson leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 30 tackles, Sam Hubbard has 3 sacks and Germaine Pratt has 1 interception.
The Rams are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite. The Bengals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 playoff games. The under is 6-2 in Rams last 8 games on fieldturf. The under is 4-0 in Bengals last 4 games overall. The Rams are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
I went back and forth on this game, and you can make a case for either side, and I wouldn’t be shocked if the Rams roll on their home field. The Rams are the more talented, complete team, and they’ll have a rare home crowd advantage. With that said, the Cincinnati Bengals have been doubted time and time again, and they continue to find ways to win. The Bengals play with a certain type of swagger and confidence, and they believe they’re going to win. That makes the Bengals a dangerous and live dog. It also can’t be ignored that five of the Ram’s last six games have been decided by three or fewer points. The Bengals have covered seven straight, and at some point you have to stop doubting them. Give me the points with the Bengals.