Rams vs. Bengals: Your Guide to Super Bowl LVI
| LAST UPDATE 02/14/2022
This Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams will be going head to head with the Cincinnati Bengals for the latest Super Bowl. But before we munch on game day snacks and watch the highly anticipated football match, let's cover team previews, predictions, and game picks. Here's everything you need to know.
For starters, both the Bengals and the Rams were behind on the scoreboard during their respective conference championships as the fourth quarter began. Yet both teams were able to win the games because of their star players. The Rams' wide receiver, Cooper Kupp, and the Bengals' wide receiver, Ja'marr Chase both made the catch that set up their winning field goals. "These teams have weapons on both sides of the ball that can singlehandedly decide games. Whichever team stops more of those stars wins this game," said Bill Barnwell, senior NFL writer.
Based on 76 NFL experts, the LA Rams are expected to win since 43 of them chose the team (56.6%), while 33 (43.4%) believe the Bengals will take home the Super Bowl Championship. They're not the only ones who think so. According to ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI), the Rams will defeat the Bengals in 66.5% of their simulations by an average of 5.6 points. If these predictions are accurate, this would be the football team's second-ever Super Bowl win, with the last one being over 20 years ago in 1999. It will also be their first since moving back to Los Angeles in 2016. "Given how much the Rams mortgaged their future to win this season, this will likely be their best shot at a Super Bowl in a while," said Brady Henderson, Seahawks reporter.
As for the Cincinnati Bengals, based on Elias Sports Bureau, if they win, they will become the second team (following the 49ers) to go from worst in the NFL to Super Bowl champions in the span of 3 seasons. "The Bengals are in their 54th season, which would be the most by any franchise before winning its first championship in NFL history, per Elias," shared Ben Baby, a Bengals reporter. While experts predict the Rams are most likely to win, we can't know for sure till tomorrow's game. Don't forget to tune in at 6:30 EST time - on NBC and ESPN networks.