Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl Odds 2022
The Rams are Super Bowl bound after taking down the 49ers in the NFC Championship 20-17 last weekend. They now have Joe Burrow and the Bengals on the horizon. In thirteen seasons in the NFL, this is Matthew Stafford’s very first Super Bowl appearance. ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) currently gives the Rams a 66.3% chance of taking down the Bengals in the Super Bowl this year.
After trailing by 10 points heading into the locker room at half time, this offense came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. The offense scored 13 points in the second half and their defense held the 49ers to zero points in the second half. The 49ers got the ball back late in the fourth quarter with a chance at survival, but an Aaron Donald tip and Travin Howard interception sealed the 49ers fate and punched the Rams’ ticket to Super Bowl LVI. Stafford threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns last week Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. lead the charge on offense, both tallying over 100 receiving yards, marking the first time this season that two Rams receivers have tallied at least 100 receiving yards in a game. They put up these numbers against a solid San Francisco defense, so it can be expected that they’ll have similar (or better) showing against this Bengals defense. But it won’t be easy, as this defense is the same one that tormented Patrick Mahomes last week. They don’t have some stacked defense but they are scrappy and have somehow managed to work with what they do have to get here, so you can’t count them out.
Undoubtedly the biggest leg up that this Rams team has on the Bengals (aside from home field advantage), is their pass rush. The Bengals are notorious for their weak offensive line and inability to keep Joe Burrow vertical. The Rams are notorious for causing problems for offensive lines. They have a chance to cause serious problems for this offense this week and use this as a way to get the ball back. If they don’t show up in that regard, Burrow can and will exploit the few weak points in this defense.
Both teams are coming off of huge comeback wins which points to the similarities that these two teams have, especially on offense. Also on special teams. Both of these teams have clutch kickers that continued their clutchness last week making crucial field goals to put them in winning positions. Though the Rams are the better team on paper (and the favorite in this game) the Bengals are on some sort of “hard work beats talent” grind that makes it hard to choose against them.
The Rams’ only Super Bowl win came in 2000 when they were still the St. Louis Rams, as they have fallen short in recent years including their loss to the Patriots in 2019’s Super Bowl. But they have not been this good in recent years. I agree that they are the likely team to win because they are organized on both sides of the ball more so than the Bengals. However, I think it’s extremely likely that the Bengals pull off this upset because the Rams count them out before the game even starts. There is also big pressure on Sean McVay to make the right coaching calls in critical situations, which he has been ridiculed for failing to do in the past.
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