After a terrific season that saw Tom Brady’s retirement, the National Football League’s Super Bowl comes down to a couple of unlikely teams. The more unlikely SB participant between the Rams and Bengals, no doubt, is Cincinnati. The Bengals were projected to finish fourth in their division behind the Browns, Ravens, and Steelers. Does that mean Cincinnati has no shot of winning the Lombardi Trophy? Not at all. Keep reading for 7 reasons the Cincinnati Bengals will win the 2022 Super Bowl.
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7 Reasons Why AFC Team Will Win SB 56
1. Joe Burrow plays for Cincinnati
In 2019, Joe Burrow led LSU to the National Championship. After the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him first in 2020, Burrow appeared to be on his way to an NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award before suffering a knee injury. This year, Burrow threw for 34 TDs, 4,611 yards, and led the NFL in completion percentage at 70.4%. Burrow gets better with every game. The Rams are going to have a tough time containing Joe the way they did Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.
2. Joe Mixon is one of the best running backs in the NFL
While Burrow developed into one of the best quarterbacks in the league, Joe Mixon became one of the best running backs in the NFL. Mixon averaged over 4 yards per carry on his way to 1,205 rushing yards and 13 rushing TDs. Mixon’s rushing ability will take pressure off of Burrow, allowing Cincy’s quarterback more time to either escape the Rams’ rush or find the open receiver. As long as Mixon can grab 3 to 4 yards per carry, the Bengals will be happy.
3. The Bengals have an amazing trio of wide receivers
Led by Ja’Marr Chase’s 81, each of the Bengals’ starting wide receivers caught at least 67 passes. Tyler Boyd, the slot receiver, caught 67 for over 800 yards. Boyd caught 5 TD passes. Tee Higgins caught 74 passes for 1,091 yards and 6 TDs. Chase’s 81 catches led to 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns. If the Rams put Jalen Ramsay on Chase, they have nobody capable of containing Boyd or Higgins. If Ramsey ends up on Higgins, forget it. Chase will dominate.
4. Cincinnati plays 2 of the best defensive ends in football
For good reason, Von Miller and Aaron Donald with the Rams will get most of the press. Those two defensive line players are future hall of famers. The Bengals have a pair of defensive ends, though, that are almost as good Miller. Not quite, but almost. Sam Hubbard recorded 33 solo tackles, 7.5 sacks, and a forced fumble this season. Trey Hendrickson had 21 solo tackles, 14 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. Unlike Joe Burrow, Matthew Stafford isn’t as mobile, which means if Hubbard and Hendrickson collapse the pocket, Staff could be in some trouble.
5. The Stripes are used to winning in enemy territory
The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Titans 19-16 in Tennessee. Joe Burrow rallied Cincinnati from down 18 points to upset Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in KC. The fact the Super Bowl happens at SoFi Stadium and on the Rams’ home field won’t bother Burrow and the Bengals. Cincinnati is used to playing and winning in hostile territory.
6. Cincinnati can win a a high-scoring or low-scoring game
The Stripes used defense to beat the Titans. Then against the Chiefs, Joe Burrow lit it up to complete the comeback victory in overtime. The Bengals have the flexibility to win a high-scoring game. They can also win a low-scoring, defensive, battle.
7. The Bengals will play loose
Nobody expected the Bengals to make the Super Bowl. Contrast that with the Rams, who are playing the SB at home, and it’s obvious which team will player looser. Cincinnati can have fun and just play football. That gives the Bengals a mental edge.
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