Super Bowl LVI
It’s finally here, boys and girls. After 22 long weeks, the Christmas of gambling is finally here. I’ve got a pick for the spread, but I also have some prop bets to keep us thoroughly entertained throughout the game. Afterall, you’re not a real gambler if you don’t responsibly put as many bets as possible on the Super Bowl. For the last time this season, let’s ride.
The fact we’re offering this line at -3 is just another reason we are the best sportsbook in the country. For the record, I would take this line up to the -4 that the other lame books have. The Bengals have had a magical playoff run, but the Rams are the better team. Cincy has their fair share of weapons on offense, but it might be difficult for Joe Burrow to get the ball to them.
The Bengal’s gave up 55 sacks in the regular season, which was the third highest in the NFL, and allowed an additional 10 in their two playoff games. Nine of those were against Tennessee, but they also allowed 13 pressures against a mediocre Chiefs pass rush. That will be a tough matchup against Aaron Donald, A’Shawn Robinson, Leonard Floyd, and a resurging Von Miller. They will force Burrow to get the ball out early to his receivers who will be going up against a solid Rams secondary. Everyone knows Jalen Ramsey is a premiere corner, but they also have a good safety in Taylor Rapp.
I think the LA defense is just going to be too much for an inexperienced Bengals offense.
The Rams have their fair share of weapons on offense, too. Aside from the statistically best receiver in the league in Cooper Kupp, they have Odell Beckham and deep threat Van Jefferson. They love to use those receivers to hit big plays. They rank fifth in passing yards per game and first in passes longer than 40 yards. That is bad news for a Bengals secondary who has struggled against long passes. They have given up the third most 20+ yard completions in the league this year (65) and eight of those ended up going for at least 40 yards. With the talent LA has on their offense, it will be very hard for a mediocre Cincy defense to keep them in check.
Matt Stafford Legacy is on the Line
Matt Stafford has not been great lately, but he probably wants this one more than anyone has wanted a Super Bowl win. Maybe aside from Sean McVay. Stafford’s legacy is essentially on the line in this game. A win here separates him from a gold jacket and a “what could have been” career. McVay’s legacy certainly isn’t on the line since he’s younger than some active players, but his reputation as a young phenom could be in jeopardy if the Rams have another Super Bowl dud. He also knows that assembling this roster the way they did means it is Super Bowl or bust.
Rams losing to this young-gun Bengals team with this roster will be almost as embarrassing as his 13-3 loss to New England a few years ago. At the end of the day, I just think the Rams are too talented for the Bengals to overcome. I’ll lay the points with the home team.
The Super Bowl is arguably the best time of year to be a gambler. I’m 8-4 through all 12 playoff games and I’m looking forward to ending this season with a bang. Your bookie is looking forward to the end of the season after we took money from him hand over fist this year. Let’s give him one last blow to send him to the unemployment line.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.