We’re back for Super Bowl 56 in a matchup between the talent-loaded L.A. Rams and the surprising Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals come into the ‘Big Game’ winning three playoff games, an exciting home win over the gritty Las Vegas Raiders and two roads wins as significant betting-line dogs. The Bengals dominated the Tennessee Titans, the AFC #1 seed, in a game that really wasn’t as close as the score would indicate. The underdogs then traveled to Arrowhead Stadium where they quickly found themselves down 18 in the first half.
The game looked over, but it wasn’t to the Joe Burrow-led Cincinnati Bengals. The defense stepped up big time and put a total stop on Tyreek Hill in the second half. Burrow continued to make plays and the next thing shocked football fans knew, the Bengals were back in the game. From there, the Bengals closed it out in overtime despite Mahommes and the Chiefs winning the coin toss. Wins don’t get much more impressive than what Cincy did two weeks ago, and they are riding that positive momentum into the 56th Super Bowl.
The Rams, on the other hand, were 10 down to the 49ers at home and they fought back to score the narrow win. This is a game that could have easily gone the other way. The Rams are loaded with talent, but they have no running game to speak of which means that it all hinges on Matthew Stafford and his outstanding wide receivers. The Bengals have shown that their secondary can rise to a challenge like this.
I believe Zac Taylor and the Bengals will have a game plan to protect Joe Burrow, who gets the ball out about as quick as anyone. Look for dump off passes to RB Joe Mixon and quick slants to his talented wide receivers.
Super Bowl 56 figures to be an exciting game, and SpotPlays.com expects the Bengals to win outright. Take the generous 4 1/2 points.
How did we do last year with the Bucs and Chiefs? Check out last year’s Spot Plays writeup.
How good is Joe Burrow and Ja’maar Chase? Check out LSU vs. Clemson in the 2019 National Title game – watch it on YouTube: