Super Bowl Bengals at Rams
Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals helmets are placed on a stage inside the NFL Experience, an interactive fan show, Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Rams play the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl NFL football game on Sunday, Jan. 13. in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Following an electric Conference Championship Sunday two weeks ago, this year’s Super Bowl is poised to be an exciting game from start to finish. In this interesting matchup, Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals travel to SoFi Stadium where they take on Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Last week, the Bengals were able to pull off a stunning comeback and defeat the Chiefs in overtime, 27-24, whereas the Rams edged out the 49ers, 20-17. With Los Angeles playing in front of their home crowd in the biggest sporting event of the year, Cincinnati will have to muster up the strength to overcome Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, and Odell Beckham and company after being in a dogfight with the Chiefs for 4 quarters plus overtime. With this in mind, here is what I love in this year’s Super Bowl.

Fan Duel Sportsbook

Rams (-4.5)
The Rams opened this game as four-point home favorites and that is where the line currently sits. Although the Rams are a shoddy 1-5 ATS in their last six games vs AFC teams, Cincinnati is a pitiful 2-11-1 SU in their previous 14 contests against teams in the NFC. Despite being down 21-3 near the end of the first half, the Bengals were still able to knock off the defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs. While the Bengals were able to find their way into the Super Bowl and have been on an impressive run, they have been inconsistent in the regular season and are unreliable on offense and defense. In their divisional round victory vs the Titans their offensive line allowed a staggering 9 sacks. With Von Miller, Aaron Donald and company against this Cincy offensive line, the Bengals could struggle to move the ball against a loaded Rams defense. Additionally, Matt Stafford and the Rams average over 28 points per game at home this season. Although this Bengals defense has been able to force turnovers and get clutch stops when they need them, they rank in the bottom third in yards allowed in the regular season and have been outgained in each playoff game, so watch out for Stafford to come out on fire. With this also being a huge revenge game for LA and coach Sean McVay, I like this spot that they’re in. Take the Rams minus the points to handle the Bengals.

Joe Mixon Over 23.5 Receiving Yards
Following an outstanding performance vs, the Chiefs, 25 year old running back Joe Mixon should have another very productive game in the Bengals electric offense. Last week, he totaled 88 rushing yards and 27 receiving yards on three receptions. In his three playoff starts he has a solid 15 targets on 13 receptions, so Joe Burrow has been sure to keep him involved as a big part of their offense. Mixon’s receiving total has gone over in all playoff appearances, and with his receiving total still in this low range, it must be taken advantage of. With receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, all focus will be on them, so expect Burrow to look Mixon’s way in the face of good coverage. In order to mitigate the Rams ferocious pass rush Cincinnati will surely use Mixon in the pass game on screens and dump-offs to slow All-Pro pass rushers Von Miller and Aaron Donald. Mixon has been productive no matter the opposition, so expect him to find some form of success in the soft spots of the Rams defense. Mixon has had some monstrous outings this year where his receiving prop has gone over this mark in his last five overall starts. With how big of a threat he is in the backfield and in the flat, he’ll make teams pay that give him any space at all. Expect Mixon to stay hot and take him to get it done on the receiving end with ease. 

Odell Beckham Any Time TD (+130)
Following a more than productive postseason with his new team, Rams receiver Odell Beckham should again be a big part of the passing attack. With wide receiver Robert Woods out for the season, Beckham has played a big role in picking up the slack since his absence. This postseason, he has an impressive 19 catches on one touchdown reception in their three playoff games. Additionally, he has nearly 250 yards receiving in their pass-heavy system, so he has been a big part of their offense. Last week in the conference championship vs the 49ers he had a staggering 113 yards receiving to go along with 9 receptions. Odell is still an unreal receiver and route runner and with his touchdown prop this juicy, it must be taken advantage of. With so many weapons on the Rams, all focus will be on players like Cooper Kupp or Cam Akers, leaving Beckham wide open. Although the Bengals defense has had solid performances in these playoffs, it will be hard to completely shut down an offense of this caliber. He has had some monstrous outings this year where he has a touchdown in six of his 10 starts with Stafford as his QB. With how sure handed he is, he’ll make teams pay that give him any space at all. Expect Odell to have an overall solid night and take him to score one for LA in this Super Bowl. 

Same Game Parlay:
Rams -4.5, Odell Beckham Anytime TD Scorer, Stafford Over 281.5 Pass Yds, Joe Burrow Over 11.5 Rush Yds, Joe Mixon Over 24.5 Rec Yds and Under 57.5 Pts.

SGP Odds +5520

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