And then there were two. The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams will meet on Sunday in Super Bowl LVI, a matchup that promises to deliver quality entertainment in abundance. These two high-powered offensive attacks possess the qualities necessary to combine for a plethora of points and jaw-dropping moments as Joe Burrow and Matthew Stafford prepare to exchange blows at SoFi Stadium.
Burrow and the Bengals' offense employ several high-level playmakers capable of making a difference on Sunday. Ja'Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and Joe Mixon will attempt to take control of Sunday's contest. They'll encounter a Rams team that certainly doesn't lack star power.
Los Angeles’ locker room is filled with elite talents such as Stafford, Aaron Donald, Odell Beckham Jr., Von Miller, and Jalen Ramsey. The Rams will be looking to right the wrong they experienced in 2018 as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots defeated them in Super Bowl LIII.
There are several meaningful and noteworthy storylines. The Bengals have never won a Super Bowl. Their head coach Zac Taylor will be coaching against his former mentor after serving as McVay's assistant wide receivers coach and quarterbacks coach in 2017-18.
The intensity will be palpable. The action will leave us on the edge of our seats. We've conjured up three bold predictions for Super Bowl Sunday.
BENGALS WIN SUPER BOWL LVI
The surging Bengals feel like a team of destiny. The Bengals were never expected to reach this point, but they persevered through the adversity and continued to shock the nation. It truly represents an astounding accomplishment.
Several online oddsmakers viewed head coach Zac Taylor as the coach most likely to be relieved of his duties during the 2021 campaign. Taylor led the Bengals to a division title and is now playing for a Lombardi trophy. Starting quarterback Joe Burrow was returning from a horrible season-ending ACL injury suffered in 2020 that also contained structural damage. Burrow won NFL Comeback Player of the Year
during Thursday's NFL Honors presentation and has quickly established himself as one of the most talented young quarterbacks in the league.
The Rams are considered favorites and are playing at home inside the comforts of SoFi Stadium. This matters little as the Bengals have reigned victorious in two consecutive road playoff games. Few expected Cincinnati to travel to Nashville and defeat the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round. Even fewer expected those same Bengals to defeat Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in the AFC Championship Game.
The Bengals continue to prove the naysayers wrong while writing their own destiny in a truly historic fashion. We envision the Bengals finishing the storyline in rightful fashion by defeating the Rams on Sunday en route to capturing their first Super Bowl title as an organization.
JA’MARR CHASE WINS MVP
The Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player award is typically reserved for quarterbacks. Signal-callers have represented 11 of the previous 15 winners (Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco, Nick Foles, and Patrick Mahomes). A wide receiver has won just twice over that same time frame, with Santonio Holmes and Julian Edelman reigning supreme in 2009 and 2019, respectively. Sunday's battle possesses an opportunity to add to those totals as several high-level receivers will take the field.
We've already predicted a Bengals upset victory on Sunday, and we're feeling bold enough to predict a Ja'Marr Chase MVP award, as well.
A rookie has NEVER captured a Super Bowl MVP honor, but Chase is a truly special and unique talent. No achievement is outside the realm of possibility for an elite playmaker like Chase. The former LSU standout absolutely possesses the skill set and game-breaking ability to make history on Sunday. The No. 5 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft has already broken several single-season rookie records, including the most receiving yards in a single game by a rookie (266) and the most receiving yards in a postseason by a rookie (279). Chase is fully capable of making history of the never-before-seen variety in Super Bowl LVI.
OVER 3.5 FIELD GOALS MADE
The oddsmakers over at BetOnline
have set the over/under on made field goals at 3.5 and we're absolutely smashing the over. Cincinnati's heroic kicker Evan McPherson represents a large reason why the Bengals have earned the right to compete for a Super Bowl against the Rams on Sunday, and the former Florida kicker possesses the leg strength, accuracy, and poise necessary to make an impact throughout all four (and possibly five) quarters of Super Bowl LVI.
McPherson has converted an incredible 12 field goals in Cincinnati's three previous postseason victories, three of which have remarkably been from 50 yards or further. McPherson is a perfect 12-for-12 in the playoffs and two of his field goals have been of the walk-off variety in thrilling last-second road victories over the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs.
The Bengals possess the offense necessary to move the ball efficiently into scoring range and the Rams' defense is capable of limiting drives to field goal attempts.
Los Angeles' kicker Matt Gay also factors in here. Gay has converted seven field goal attempts in Los Angeles' three-game journey to Super Bowl LVI. Head coach Sean McVay typically takes the points when his Rams face a sizable fourth-down decision.
Super Bowls are typically hard-fought contests and points could be difficult to come by. Both teams possess excellent kickers that should comfortably combine for four or more field goals.