The Bengals will face the Rams in Super Bowl 56 on Sunday, February 13.
The game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET at the Rams’ home ground, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The match will be televised on NBC.
Both teams made an impressive comeback at the championship weekend. Cincinnati took a 21-3 lead to beat Kansas City 27-24 in extra time in the AFC championship game. The Rams recovered from a 17-7 deficit to beat the 49ers 20-17 in the NFC championship game.
This is only the second Super Bowl match between the quarterbacks selected as No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft: Joe Burrow (2020) and Matthew Stafford (2009). Both are looking for their first Super Bowl ring.
Team Bengal will be in the Super Bowl for the third time, and their first since the 1988 season. Cincinnati has brought together Burrow, who led Cincinnati through the AFC knockout stages with consecutive wins at the tournament. Tennessee and Kansas City after home wins over Las Vegas.
Burrow is part of an exciting young cast that includes Pro Bowl selections Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Mixon and Trey Hendrickson. Third-year coach Zac Taylor has the opportunity to lead the franchise to its first Super Bowl victory.
The Rams entered the Super Bowl for the second time under the guidance of fifth-year coach Sean McVay. The offseason deal that brought Jared Goff to Detroit to join Stafford is a pivotal moment for Los Angeles. Pickup trucks in the Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr season. became major contributors. Cooper Kupp is widely recognized and the player who saves Aaron Donald is also in the top of the all-star squad.
Will the Rams win the second Super Bowl in franchise history? Or will the Bengals end an incredible run? Sporting News has an early look and makes live predictions:
Super Bowl 56 . Odds
- Spread: Rams -3.5
- On lower: 49.5
- Cash flow: Rams -200, Bengals +168
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The relationship between McVay and Taylor is an obvious storyline. Taylor served as McVay’s assistant in 2017 and 2018 and coached the quarterback when the Rams lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl 53.
The Bengals had a tough defense that limited Derrick Henry 62 yards in the box and knocked Patrick Mahomes in the second half of the game for the championship. They were forced to have seven away legs in three playoff games. Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo did a great job correcting injuries in defence. Hendrickson and linebacker Logan Wilson were the difference-makers and the secondary held their ground.
Cincinnati dropped a match 20 yards or more with the Chiefs. The defense does a very good job of keeping the opponent, this will be a challenge for the Rams.
Stafford had reliable targets in Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr., who combined to make 20 catches, 255 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers. Stafford completed 72% of his passes in the knockout stages, but Los Angeles can’t be one-sided against the Bengals. Cam Akers left the NFC championship game with a shoulder injury, something worth keeping an eye on. If Akers can’t go, then Sony Michel will be onsite.
Burrow also had a dynamic reception in Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, and the match between Chase and Rams full-back Jalen Ramsey in participatory situations will be television not to be missed. However, it is the same story for Cincinnati. Joe Mixon needs to be a factor in the running game to make up for the Rams’ rushed passes. And like LA, Cincinnati suffered a crucial injury in his game for the championship: tight-fitting CJ Uzomah (knee), who was one of Burrow’s favorite targets in the short pass game. .
Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris will seize the opportunity, but the key will be Donald’s internal pressure. That could knock Burrow out of the bag with Leonard Floyd and Von Miller on the fringes. However, the pressure needed to land; The Rams couldn’t let Burrow slip out of his pocket. He converted a key third pair of drops against the Chiefs in the scrambles.
The formula for success on both sides is a familiar one, but the outcome will still be in first choice. Stafford has taken 13 years to get to this stage. The Burrow was there in his second season. Which midfielder will be more composing on that stage? It was a real bounce.
Burrow performed the great thing that made him national champion at LSU. He will play big despite the angry passing of the Rams. Cincinnati will take the lead at halftime, but Los Angeles will regroup behind Stafford, with Kupp and Beckham catching touchdowns in the second half. A late TD by the Bengals would reduce the lead to three, but Los Angeles will hold on to its first Super Bowl win in 22 seasons.
Final Score of Super Bowl 56
Rams 27, Bengals 24