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 the Los Angeles Rams Will Win Super Bowl 56
1. Super Bowl 56 is a home game for the Rams
Last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl on their field. But although the Bucs won at Raymond James Stadium, because of the pandemic, Tampa Bay didn’t win in front of a full capacity venue. On February 13, there won’t be an empty seat at SoFi Stadium. Most fans should be wearing Rams’ gold and blue. Expect Los Angeles to have a real home field advantage.
2. Aaron Donald and Von Miller are two of the best defensive players in the NFL
Not only are Donald and Miller two of the best defensive players in the NFL, but they’re also two of the best defenders in league history. Miller won the 2016 Super Bowl MVP. So Von is used to performing his best in the league’s most important game. Donald recorded 12.5 sacks this season. He’s got 98 during his career. For a defensive tackle, not a defensive end, that’s incredible.
3. Matthew Stafford won’t let this opportunity pass him by
For the first 12 seasons, Stafford, one of the best quarterbacks in the league, languished in Detroit. The top draft pick in 2009, Stafford threw for over 4,000 yards in almost every season. Finally this season, Staff got to play with a top franchise. The reason Matthew Stafford left Detroit was to win a Super Bowl. Don’t expect the close to 50,000 career passing yards quarterback to let the opportunity to win the Lombardi Trophy go past him.
4. Cooper Kupp is the best wide receiver in the NFL
Kupp caught 145 passes for 1,947 yards and grabbed 16 touchdown passes. By almost every measure, Cooper Kupp had one of the greatest, if not the greatest, seasons for a wide receiver in NFL history. Kupp is also the reason the Rams are in the Super Bowl. He made the key catch that put the Rams in field goal range towards the end of the NFC Championship. If not for Kupp’s key catch, the 49ers may have beaten LAR.
5. Odell Beckham Jr. knows his role
While in Cleveland, Odell had gotten a reputation for being selfish. It turns out, Beckham Jr. insisted on Baker Mayfield throwing him the football because he was Cleveland’s top offensive player. In Los Angeles, Odell knows his role. He gets that Stafford’s top target is Kupp. That’s no issue for Beckham Jr. who realizes that Staff won’t hesitate to throw his way if defenses try to contain Cooper.
6. Jalen Ramsey can shut down Ja’Marr Chase
Joe Burrow wants to throw to his former LSU teammate, Ja’Marr Chase. Knowing this, the Rams will put the best shut down corner in football on Chase. Jalen Ramsey is as close to this era’s Deion Sanders as we’re going to find. In one way, Ramsey is better than Sanders. Ramsey not only is terrific against the pass, but he’s a monster player versus the run. Rarely does a cornerback record 62 solo tackles, which is what Jalen did during the regular season.
7. The Rams can win a defensive struggle or an offensive track meet
With Stafford at quarterback and Kupp and Beckham Jr. on the field, the Rams, no doubt, can light it up. Los Angeles dumped 30 onto the Buccaneers in the Rams’ 30-27 divisional round game victory. But the Rams can also win a defensive struggle like they did when beating the 49ers 20-17 in the NFC Championship. Aaron Donald, Von Miller, and Jalen Ramsey are the defense’s version of the offense’s Big 3. The Rams have flexibility, meaning they can win any style of contest the Bengals want to play, which gives the Los Angeles Rams an edge.
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