Super Bowl LVI Preview – Can The Bengals Upset The Home Team Rams?

If you have been reading through the pages of www.UKOnlineCasino.Reviews over the last few week then you will know that we have been following the NFL Playoffs through the Conference Championship games last week and before that the Divisional Round of games.

This weekend sees the Super Bowl taking place at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Los Angeles which just so happens to be the home of one of the teams that have earned a shot at the title, the Los Angeles Rams.

They will be facing the team that has surprised many in the AFC to come through a very tough division and conference to earn their shot at a first Super Bowl title, the Cincinnati Bengals.

With the famous Half Time Show featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamarr, the city of Los Angeles is not only celebrating some of its football talent, but plenty of its musical talent too.

Let’s now take a closer look at the big game this weekend, with any odds shown provided by bet365 Sport and those odds were correct at the time of writing, but may have changed in the meantime.

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Super Bowl LVI – Cincinnati Bengals Vs Los Angeles Rams

This weekend, the Los Angeles Rams will be competing for the chance to follow the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into the record books by becoming just the second team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl on their home field.

The Rams have reached the Super Bowl on four previous occasions. They lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers as the L.A. Rams in 1980 and then achieved their sole success in the game beating the Tennessee Titans in 2000, this time as the St. Louis Rams.

Two years later, the St Louis Rams lost to the New England Patriots in what was Tom Brady’s first Super Bowl appearance and they also lost to the same opponents in 2019, when they were back as the L.A Rams, in what was Tom Brady’s last Super Bowl as a Patriot.

Their opponents, the Cincinnati Bengals have been to two previous Super Bowls, losing to the San Francisco 49ers on both occasions, first by a 26-21 scoreline in 1982 and then a 20-16 defeat in 1989.

The Bengals may have less Super Bowl experience and they also have other things goig against them including the Rams being able to play the game on their home turf, while the vast experience of the Rams team is in direct contrast to the more youthful look of the Bengals.

Let’s take a look now at how both teams reached the Super Bowl

Road To Super Bowl LVI – Los Angeles Rams

  • Regular Season – 12-5 (1st in NFC West – 4th Seed In NFC Conference)

The Rams started the season well, going 3-0 in their opening trio of matches before they were beaten by the Arizona Cardinals, they were 7-1 before they lost their next game to the Tennessee Titans, and this was followed by two more defeats against the 49ers ad Packers as they dropped to 7-4 on the season.

However, the Rams then won their next five to take up top position in the West and despite losing to the 49ers again on the final week of the season, a defeat for the Cardinals meant that the Rams won the division and with it earned the 4th seed in the NFC Conference playoffs.

The signings of veterans Odell Beckham Jr (WR) and Von Miller (LB) added to an already talent packed squad that featured Matt Stafford (QB), Aaron Donald (DL), Josh Norman (CB) and the outstanding Cooper Kupp (WR) who set new records for a receiver over the course of the regular season.

  • WildCard Weekend – V Arizona Cardinals – W 34-11
  • Divisional Round – @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – W 30-27
  • Conference Championship – V San Francisco 49ers – W 20-17

The Rams made light work of the Cardinals in their Wildcard game and were never in any real danger of losing a game they dominated. They also dominated early against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay, but had to hold on late in the game to register the win as the Bucs had a fourth-quarter comeback.

The Conference Championship game seemed to be heading away from them until the fourth quarter when trailing 17-10, Cooper Kupp scored a touchdown and Matt Gay kicked a field goal to put them in front before Travin Howard intercepted Jimmy Garoppolo’s pass after pressure from Aaron Donald for the Rams to ice the win.

Road To Super Bowl LVI – Cincinnati Bengals

  • Regular Season – 10-7 (1st in AFC North – 4th Seed in AFC Conference)

I think it is fair to say the Bengals regular season was a mixed package. They got to 5-2 after seven weeks of the season, but defeats to the Jets and Browns, the latter by a 41-16 scoreline, saw them drop to 5-4 in what was becoming a very open and tough AFC North.

The Bengals then won their next two, but lost their next two following that. However, they won the next three games to move to a 10-6 record and that was enough to clinch the AFC North title with one game left to play in the season.

They rested regulars for their 21-16 loss to the Brows in the final game of the regular season but by then their focus had shifted to the playoffs.

  • WildCard Weekend – V Las Vegas Raiders – W 26-19
  • Divisional Round – @ Tennessee Titans – W 19-16
  • Conference Championship – @ Kansas City Chiefs – W 27-24

The Bengals began in the playoffs with a closely fought game against the Raiders, which the Bengals won after taking a 20-13 lead at half time and holding off the Raiders to land a 26-19 win.

Next up were the AFC Top seed the Titans and the Bengals saw quarterback Joe Burrow sacked nine times in the game, but having intercepted Ryan Tannehill three times, allied to 109 yards receiving by Ja’Marr Chase, his second 100+ yard game in the playoffs, the Bengals kicked a game winning field goal as time expired to land the unexpected win.

The Bengals trailed the Chiefs 21-3 at one point in the first half, but after making adjustments at the imterval, they clawed back the gap to take the lead in the game, before the Chiefs kicked a late field goal to tie the game up and force overtime.

In that, the Bengals intercepted Patrick Mahomes on the Chiefs opening possession and worked the ball into field goal range for Evan McPherson to score his second game clinching field goal of the playoffs.

Bet365 Sport Super Bowl Odds And Tips

On the spread bet, bet365 have the Rams as the -4.5 favourites to win the game, with the Bengals at +4.5 (both at odds of 10/11). There has been money for the Rams as their handicap has increased since betting opened on the game last week, when they were slated as the -3.5 favourites.

The Money Line sees the Rams as the 1/2 odds on favourites with the Bengals a 17/10 chance and I think there will be plenty of Bengals fans taking that price.

The Total Points market has been set at over or under 48.5 points and with most playoff games being generally lower scoring, I’d go for the Under mark here (10/11).

As for who will win, I think the combination of Rams having home field advantage, more experienced players is going to be hard for the Bengals to overcome, but if it was just that I’d give the Bengals a chance.

However, Aaron Donald is a nightmare match up for that Bengals offensive line who allowed nine sacks against an inferior Titans defense and for me, if Donald can get at Joe Burrow, then this game will definitely be a win for the Rams.