We finally have our Super Bowl matchup and it's an intriguing one! The Bengals and the Rams collide in a game full of superstars and fun storylines!
- Can Sean McVay redeem himself from that awful showing against the Patriots three years ago?
- Will we finally see a ring for veterans like Aaron Donald, Odell Beckham Jr., and Jalen Ramsey?
- Will the game come down to a clutch throw and clutch kick by Joe Burrow and confident rookie stud Evan McPherson?
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This is a Super Bowl where I'm personally not rooting for one team over the other - just excited for a great football game!
Both teams had to make impressive comebacks in their respective Conference Title games to make it here, and both teams absolutely deserve it.
Cincinnati has proven themselves as not only a talented young team, but one who can back it up on the field with guys who consistently make clutch play after clutch play.
Their defense only ranks 20th, but they've played much better than that throughout the playoffs. They've really stepped up in the second half of games (allowing 40 points in the first half of their three playoffs games, while only giving up 19 in the second half).
The Rams have built an incredible team as well, only instead of doing so through the draft, L.A. has acquired much of their talent through free agency or trade. Matthew Stafford looks incredible so far, and it'll be interesting to see who has the better game between L.A.'s Cooper Kupp and Cincinnati' s Ja'Marr Chase. Both offenses have incredible firepower, and I simply believe it will come down to offensive line play for the Bengals...
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Key Question: Can the Bengals offensive line give Joe Burrow enough protection?
The answer to this question to me, will decide who wins this game. Burrow has been under pressure and harassed constantly all season long. Their line HAS to be their main priority this offseason.
Including the playoffs, this line has allowed 3+ sacks in 12 of their 20 total games... and five of those games saw 5+ quarterback takedowns.
On the other side, L.A. sports arguably the best pass rush in the game: one of the best defensive players in the league in Aaron Donald, a reinvigorated Von Miller, Leonard Floyd and rarely talked about lineman Greg Gaines.
If the Bengals can't find a way to at least stall the rush throughout this game, the Rams could run away with this one.
Super Bowl MVP:
QB Joe Burrow, Bengals
33/49 355 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, sacked 5 times
Spread: L.A., -4.0
My Pick: Bengals by 4
Bengals 28, Rams 24