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Los Angeles Rams Top X-Factors for Super Bowl 56

By Carlos Chacon

The Los Angeles Rams would not fall to the San Francisco 49ers in their third, final, and most important meeting of the season, as the Rams prevailed victorious over the Niners in last Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. There are plenty of big names to keep an eye on on this star-studded Rams roster heading into Super Bowl 56, but there are several key players who deserve more recognition than the usual standouts in Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, and Aaron Donald.

NitroBetting is ready to equip its bettors with the latest news, NFL odds, and previews for the entirety of the 2022 NFL Playoffs. This time, let’s cite the three X-factors for the Los Angeles Rams in their upcoming Super Bowl LVI matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, as well as the Rams’ odds to beat the Bengals for the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy since “The Greatest Show on Turf” began in St. Louis back in the 1999 season.

Top 3 X-Factors for the Rams in Super Bowl 56 vs. Bengals

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1. WR Odell Beckham Jr.

It goes without saying that Odell Beckham Jr.’s return to the NFL spotlight has been a glowing success, even though it took somewhat longer to happen than expected. Beckham’s first 100-yard receiving performance of the season could not have come at a better time, as he finished with nine catches for 113 yards against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

While fellow wideout Cooper Kupp remains the most explosive weapon on both sides of the ball in Super Bowl LVI, OBJ is a prolific playmaker in his own right that really opens up Los Angeles’ potent passing game. The Bengals may have weathered Kansas City’s one-two punch of Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, but they’ll have a much different and tougher experience containing the duo of Kupp and Beckham flanked on opposite ends of the Rams’ offense.

2. OLB Von Miller

Former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller provides more than title-winning experience and strong leadership for the Rams’ front seven. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection has 10 solo tackles and two sacks this postseason, providing even more muscle in the pass-rushing department to complement fellow former DPOY award-winner Aaron Donald.

On the other hand, Miller had a rather lackluster outing against the Niners with just two total tackles and not a single sack. Still, the 32-year-old veteran has been a boon for the Rams’ defense since acquiring him in a trade with Denver mid-season. He’s been an integral cog at that by shutting down potent offenses from the Buccaneers and Cardinals during the first two rounds of the playoffs.

3. K Matt Gay

Thanks to having a virtual home-field advantage at Sofi Stadium and a well-rounded roster to boot, the Rams are (+4.5) favorites to win Super Bowl 56 over the Bengals. But as we’ve seen from the last six playoff games, anything could happen on the gridiron, especially with all six of those games going down to the very last scoring possession.

That being said, Los Angeles needs kicker Matt Gay to be at his A-game in the championship game. Gay has been money all season long, earning his first-ever Pro Bowl nod after converting all but one of his 29 field-goal attempts in the regular season (98.6 percent conversion rate). Although his longest field-goal attempt this postseason is a 40-yarder, he’s made four FGs from 50 yards out during the regular season and has yet to miss a single kick in the entire playoffs.

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