Rams vs. Bengals Super Bowl LVI Best ATS Pick

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The Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals are merely days away from deciding who will lift the Lombardi Trophy when they clash in Super Bowl 56 at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, February 13, 2022.

Multiple top-rated sportsbooks have rolled out a delightful buffet of Super Bowl odds for this much-anticipated showdown between the NFC and AFC champions. There’s no shortage of NFL betting markets, covering every single aspect of the game and everything around it. In this column, we look at the point spread betting market that’s currently trading. However, be sure to check out the NFL odds board for a wider selection of markets to bet on.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, February 13, 2022 – 06:30 PM EST at SoFi Stadium

NFL Odds and Lines Update

Sports betting sites have been trading in Super Bowl 56 odds since the conclusion of the AFC and NFC Championship games, but the movement on the NFL betting board has been tame so far.

Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review), BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review), GTbets (visit our GTbets Review), and other top-rated operators all opened with the Rams at -4. Since opening on that number, one and all have moved the line at most to Rams -4.5 and at varying intervals. As of Wednesday, February 9, the line appears to have settled back on Rams -4 across the board.

Rams Have Perceived Edge

For a second straight year, a team will be competing for the Lombardi Trophy in its home stadium. Last year, it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers facing the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium. This year, it’s the Los Angeles Rams taking on the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium. It goes without saying, this gives the Rams a perceived edge over the Bengals.

However, the Rams’ advantage goes beyond just home-field advantage. They are seen to have the edge in all facets of the game – from offense to defense, special teams, and coaching.

Matthew Stafford may be making his first-ever appearance in a Super Bowl – after winning his first-ever playoff game and stringing together his first-ever winning run in the postseason – but his experience in the league and undeniable quality as a gunslinger give him an edge over his counterpart. Or does it?

Joe Burrow is a winner. He has a Heisman Trophy and a National Championship under his belt and if he adds a Super Bowl title to his credit, he’ll become the first-ever quarterback to accomplish the feat. The sophomore has had a banner season, leading the Bengals to their first division title since 2015 and ending a four-decade-long drought in the playoffs without a win. He may not have a lot of experience in the NFL, but he didn’t reach Super Bowl 56 by accident either.

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On the offensive side of the ball, both the Rams and the Bengals have enviable weapons. However, the Rams have the more recognizable players that are already established stars in the game. Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. are just a couple of those that have dazzled the league with their feats of excellence and won over fans across the country. Then there is Sony Michel, Cam Akers, Tyler Higbee, and Van Jefferson that have played a key role in Los Angeles’ successful run this season.

Of course, Cincinnati’s rookie sensation Ja’Marr Chase might have something to say about it all. As well, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, C.J. Uzomah, and Joe Mixon, all of which represent some of Burrow’s alternative and choice offensive targets that could make a splash in Super Bowl 56.

Arguably, the Rams defense is getting a lot of love from the public. It’s easy to understand why Aaron Donald, Von Miller, and Leonard Floyd are at its core. The triplet makes up for a fearsome pass rush that could give Burrow a lot of headaches. It’s no secret that Burrow is the most sacked quarterback in the league this season with 50-plus sacks. That speaks to a shaky offensive line that could be the deciding factor and lead to a Los Angeles victory.

And yet, the Bengals’ defense isn’t too shabby either. One has to consider what the defense accomplished in the AFC title game to get a sense of just how underrated they might be. The Bengals defense held Patrick Mahomes to just 16 passing yards in a second half that saw Cincinnati erase an 18-point deficit and win the game 27-24 in overtime and clinch the AFC title. That’s nothing to scoff at.

NFL Predictions and Picks

At face value, the Rams would appear to be the instinctive bet to both win and cover this game. They have many advantages that play to their favor in the betting. What’s more, LA Rams’ head coach Sean McVay has been here before, albeit the Rams lost 13-9 to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53. It’s worth noting, though, that Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor was there too as part of McVay’s staff.

Often, the Xs and Os are just semantics while the intangibles are the real clinchers. In this case, the Bengals have several intangibles that make them a tempting NFL pick to come through as the underdogs – either to just cover as the 4-point road underdogs or win outright.

The “Who-Dey” bunch has defied all expectations to reach the pinnacle of the NFL season and the ultimate championship game. Yes, they’re young, exuberant, enthusiastic, and wholly inexperienced. But they’ve also shown that they can’t be underestimated. Beating the two-time defending AFC Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, was no fluke.

The Bengals have captivated the imagination of NFL bettors and won over a lot of fans across the country with their humility, work ethic, and team ethos. Navigating a course to victory at SoFi Stadium won’t be easy, but if the Bengals accomplish the feat it would be a fitting ending to their remarkable Cinderella run.

May the best team win!

NFL Pick: Cincinnati Bengals +4 (-108) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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