CommRadio’s Super Bowl LVI Predictions
Bengals or Rams?
That’s the question that will be answered this Sunday as the two teams meet up in Super Bowl LVI.
Both No. 4 seeds have had an impressive run to get to this point, but who will win the big game?
Our CommRadio sports staff dives into the matchup.
The Bengals pulled off what was thought to be the impossible by going from worst in their division to making the Super Bowl.
During playoff games this year, quarterback Joe Burrow took nine sacks in a game against the Titans and still won against the top seed in the AFC.
While the Bengals have survived some close games this year, the Rams are a completely different animal. The Rams feature arguably one of the best defenses in the NFL with a weapon that the Bengals have never had to plan for yet in Aaron Donald.
Defense is typically what wins Super Bowls and with both offenses canceling each other out, the Rams should be able to keep the Lombardi Trophy in Los Angeles.
Prediction: Rams 24, Bengals 13
The Bengals have enjoyed an impressive turnaround this season, going from last place in the AFC North all the way to the Super Bowl within a year’s time.
Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase have transformed Cincinnati’s offense with their dynamic play in the passing game, while the Benagals’ defense improved substantially as well.
Yet, the Bengals’ offensive line remains a liability, as the nine sacks they allowed in the round two win over the Titans proved. This weakness for Cincinnati will prove to be their undoing come Super Bowl Sunday.
The Rams boast one of the best defenses in football, headed by All-Pro Aaron Donald, and they rarely have trouble getting to the quarterback, especially in their home stadium.
The Rams are good enough to keep pace with the Bengals’ lethal offense, so the offensive line advantage for Los Angeles will prove to be the difference-maker they need to be victorious.
Prediction: Rams 24, Bengals 17
It all comes down to this. Super Bowl LVI is only a couple of days away.
The dynamic LSU duo of Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase has taken their chemistry from the CFP National Championship to an even bigger stage.
Meanwhile, Matthew Stafford’s new home in Los Angeles is proving to work out just fine, as Stafford and wide receiver Cooper Kupp were one of the best duos in football this season. The Ram’s key mid-season additions of Odell Beckham Jr. and Von Miller have proven to be crucial to their Super Bowl run, and will be key difference makers in the big game.
However, in a game with two of the most electric offenses, the win could very well come down to whichever team can get the most stops and turnovers on the defensive side of the ball.
That’s where the Bengals are at a disadvantage. With question marks around their offensive line, how exactly Cincinnati plans to stop Aaron Donald and company remains to be seen.
Prediction: Rams 34, Bengals 26
After a fantastic year of NFL action, the Super Bowl matchup is set and the Cincinnati Bengals are set for a clash with the Los Angeles Rams.
For the first time in NFL history, we see a battle between two first overall picks at quarterback with former LSU Tiger Joe Burrow going head to head against former Georgia Bulldog Matthew Stafford.
The game to me will be decided by confidence in two facets. The first is which quarterback handles the moment well. Burrow has not lost in the NFL playoffs yet, and once a national championship at LSU, he has undeniable confidence and relishes the pressure.
Matthew Stafford has yet to be in a moment like this, if he shines under the bright lights then his squad could be hoisting the Lombardi. But the former Detroit Lion will have to show up on the grandest stage.
Even if Stafford outduels Burrow, will the moment be too big for head coach Sean McVay? Sure, he’s been here before, but at times he second guesses himself in high pressure situations and doing that Sunday could cost his team a ring.
For me, I’m going with the underdogs and trusting Joe Burrow to handle the pressure and for the Rams to fold on the biggest stage.
Prediction: Bengals 31, Rams 24
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