The Los Angeles Rams will take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium. The Rams are a 4.5-point favorite with their money line at -200. For historical perspective, the Rams were a 10-point underdog to the Steelers in Super Bowl XIV, losing 31-19. In that loss Los Angeles quarterback, Vince Ferragamo completed 15 of 25 passes for 212 yards, one interception with a 70.7 passer rating. In their next Super Bowl appearance (as the St. Louis Rams), they entered Super Bowl XXXIV as a seven-point favorite over the Tennessee Titans, winning their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history, 23-16. Kurt Warner named the game’s MVP was 24 of 45 for 414 yards and two touchdowns. The franchise played in its third Super Bowl against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI, losing 20-17. Kurt Warner passed for 365 yards and a touchdown in the loss. In their fourth Super Bowl appearance, the Rams back in Los Angeles were a two-point underdog to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, losing 13-3. Rams quarterback, Jared Goff was 19 of 38 for 229 yards, one interception and was sacked four times.
Matthew Stafford Super Bowl Odds
In his first Super Bowl appearance, Matthew Stafford is the favorite to raise this year’s Super Bowl MVP trophy; he’s currently listed at +100 to win the game’s MVP. With the Rams favored to win Super Bowl LVI, quarterbacks have won nine of the last 12 Super Bowl MVP awards, if you are considering betting on Stafford, the time to lock it in is now.
Acquired from the Detroit Lions in January of 2021 after 12 years in a Lions uniform, Stafford was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for quarterback Jared Goff and multiple draft picks. During his 13-year career, Stafford has completed 63% of his passes, thrown for 49,995 yards and 323 touchdown passes. In the 2021 season, the number one pick in the 2009 draft, threw for 4,886 yards and set career highs in completion percentage (67.2) and touchdown passes (41). The Rams quarterback has averaged 301.7 passing yards per game and accounted for eight touchdowns (six passing and two rushing) in the first three postseason victories of his career.
To win this game, it’s imperative that quarterback, Matthew Stafford not turn the football over. In 182 career games with the Lions and Rams, the former Georgia Bulldog has thrown 161 interceptions. In the 2021 regular season Stafford threw 17 interceptions which were tied for the most in the NFL; four of those were returned for a touchdown. Through three postseason games, the Rams signal caller has only thrown one interception. The Bengals defense has picked off six passes this postseason, including the fourth quarter interception of the Titans Ryan Tannehill that set up Cincinnati’s game winning field goal and two huge interceptions of Patrick Mahomes passes, one coming in overtime, which ultimately set up Cincinnati’s game winning field goal.
Quarterbacks have won the MVP award 31 times during the 55-year history of the Super Bowl, more than all the other positions combined. The MVP award quite frankly lends itself well to the quarterback position, as the winning team’s signal caller can compile big offensive stats and scores with ease. Even a signal that throws three interceptions in a game (Terry Bradshaw in Super Bowl XIV), can win the award. If this game isn’t low scoring like the Rams last Super Bowl appearance (Super Bowl LIII in which Los Angeles scored only three points), Matthew Stafford should generate lots of MVP buzz, with the voters for the award.