Super Bowl LVI Preview

Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner after an incredible postseason of football. The game will be played between the LA Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

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Another example of the Bengals' insane trust in Joe Burrow
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We have seen household names Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger retire after their respective playoff exits, but it is safe to say that the new generation of quarterbacks is filled with talent. One of these QBs is Joe Burrow, who is starring in this year’s Super Bowl. He’s undoubtedly the most likable figure in the NFL right now, and because of him, the Bengals have a ton of new fans for this Sunday. What he has been able to do over the past two months has been nothing short of spectacular, especially considering he has one of the worst offensive lines in football in front of him. He has led a stellar aerial attack with Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Joe Mixon as his primary weapons. But is this young stud capable of defeating the star-studded LA Rams on their home turf? That’s the question heading into Super Bowl LVI.

In his first season in La La Land, Matthew Stafford has led this stellar Rams team all the way to the biggest game of the year. He’s the guy Sean McVay needed to take this team to the next level. Stafford has been helped by his star duo of receivers, Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. Kupp is the NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and Beckham has played very well since joining the Rams midway through the season. Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey lead their defense. They are arguably the best players in the league at their respective positions. The bottom line is the Rams are absolutely loaded.

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So, we know what these teams have to offer, so let’s get into how they’ll match up with each other. Beginning in the trenches, the Rams may have a substantial advantage there. Aaron Donald might be the best interior pass rusher this league has ever seen. The Bengals have a bad offensive line. That’s not a great combination for Joe Burrow. So, Burrow has to be pretty much perfect outside the pocket because he sure won’t get a lot of time to himself back there. However, the Rams pass defense has not been great recently, as the Bucs almost came back in the divisional round with their passing attack. Really what I’m saying is that Joe Burrow has to have a great game for the Bengals to win.

For the Rams, they just can’t beat themselves like they have in the past. Playing at their home stadium, they are very much favored to win this game. However, they almost lost in the divisional round because of the mistakes they made on both sides of the ball. Fumbles and blown coverages allowed the Buccaneers to fight back and almost beat the Rams. Luckily for the Rams, the Stafford-Kupp connection came through late and won them the game. However, to win the Super Bowl, they must eliminate these errors. I believe they will, at least enough to win the game. Sean McVay has been here before, and I think he and his Rams will beat the Bengals this Sunday. Joe Burrow and his squad will keep it interesting, but this Bengals team needs a better offensive line in order to be a Super Bowl champion. So, I’m rolling with the Rams.

Score Prediction: Rams beat Bengals 21-13


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