Rams vs. Bengals Super Bowl 56 Odds, Preview & Pick

By Hank Blaine

Next Sunday, the AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals and the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams throw down in Super Bowl 56. It’s time to get down to business. Why should you consider backing the Bengals or Rams? Will the game go over or under? And what are the best non-prop bets to make to ensure Super Bowl profit?

NitroBetting presents a comprehensive preview of the Bengals vs. Rams Super Bowl 56 game down below. Find event details, team and player stats, the latest NFL betting odds, trends, and predictions.

Rams vs. Bengals Game Information

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Why Bet on the Los Angeles Rams?

Few teams appear as mentally prepared heading to a Super Bowl as the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams destroyed the Arizona Cardinals in their first playoff game 34-11. Then LAR marched into Raymond James Stadium and beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the second time this season. But although the win against Tampa was huge, the real reason LAR’s mind will be on business on February 13 is because the Rams got past their mental boogeyman.

San Francisco had beaten the Rams twice this season. The first SF victory was a laughable 31-10 game. The 49ers rallied down 17 points to beat the Rams in the second game. In the NFC Championship, déjà vu set in when San Francisco had the ball last. But the Rams held on for a 20-17 win. Now that LAR has beaten their boogeyman, they’ll be confident playing against the Bengals.

Why Bet on the Cincinnati Bengals?

Some might believe the Bengals are a fluke team. But in reality, Joe Burrow and Cincinnati have proven they’re the AFC’s best. The Bengals not only beat the Tennessee Titans in Nashville but they also rallied from 18 points down to send the Kansas City Chiefs to their couches. It’s difficult to look past how well Cincinnati played towards the end of the season and in the playoffs.

The Bengals have won against the spread in 7 straight. Twice Cincinnati beat the Chiefs in Kansas City as a big underdog. Twice in the past three games Joe Burrow has rallied the Bengals for a victory.

Cincinnati will enter Super Bowl 56 as confident as they’ve been all season long. The team rallies around Burrow. So unless Joe doesn’t put on the cleats, the Bengals have a great shot at not only covering the spread but also winning straight up.

Why Bet Over the Total on Super Bowl 56?

Both teams can light up the scoreboard. The Rams average 27.1 points per while allowing an average of 21.9 points each game. The Bengals allow 27.1 points per while allowing 22.1 each contest. If both teams score their average, the total will be 54. That’s 6 points above the Super Bowl total.

Why Bet Under the Total on Super Bowl 56?

No doubt, Cincinnati and Los Angeles both have great offenses. But although both teams can score, neither figures to want to allow the other to possess the ball. The Rams won’t want Joe Burrow to have more possessions than Matthew Stafford. The Bengals won’t want Stafford to have more possessions than Burrow. Also, the Rams and Bengals have played in under games. The under is 5-1 in Cincinnati’s last 6 games as an underdog. The under is 6-2 in the Rams’ last 8 on field turf.

Rams vs. Bengals Betting Trends

  • Rams are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite.
  • LAR is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss.
  • Under is 6-2 in LAR’s last 8 games on field turf.
  • Bengals are 7-0 ATS in their last 7.
  • Cincinnati 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
  • Under is 5-1 in the Bengals’ last 6 as an underdog.

Rams vs. Bengals Expert Betting Predictions

We can make a case for either team to win straight up or against the spread, which makes handicapping Super Bowl 56 tough.

But although this is the Super Bowl, there’s really nothing more special about this game than any other. When faced with two teams that are similar, it’s best to look for the bet with the most value instead of deciding on which team will cover.

The Rams offer terrible value on both the spread line and the moneyline. Against the spread, the Rams aren’t great. They’re only 3-7 ATS after rushing for 90 yards or less in their previous game. LAR had 70 rushing yards versus San Francisco. Los Angeles could win this game. But there’s no value on the moneyline. The Rams are at -204, which means to profit $100, you must risk $204.

If you want to bet against the spread, Cincinnati offers value. But the best value play is on the Bengals to win straight up. Joe Burrow and Cincinnati have proven they can go into hostile territory and upset a favored team.

The Bengals also proved that they can win a shootout or win a defensive struggle. Cincinnati beat Tennessee 19-16. Then in the AFC Championship, Burrow rallied the Bengals to a 27-24 overtime victory.

As far as the total is concerned, the Bengals will want to wear out the Rams’ front seven, which means Burrow will take his time on every play. Expect Cincinnati to snap the football with less than 20 second on the play clock in the first half and around 15 seconds or less on the play clock in the second half.

The Rams will have a similar goal. They will want to keep the football out of Burrow’s hands. So expect LAR to play a similar slow down style, which is why Super Bowl 56 should go under.

Super Bowl 56 Pick: Cincinnati Bengals +173 and under 48

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