Super Bowl 56 Opening Line: Los Angeles Rams vs Cincinnati Bengals

  • The Los Angeles Rams opened as a 4-point favorite over the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cincinnati is in its first Super Bowl since the 1988 season while Los Angeles returns to the big game after a two-year absence
  • Super Bowl 56 will take place at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022

The Cincinnati Bengals will face the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 56 after both teams overcame double-digit deficits on Championship Sunday.

Joe Burrow looks to add a Lombardi Trophy to a mantel that already includes a Heisman and a National Championship while Matthew Stafford hopes to rewrite his career narrative with an “only in Hollywood” ending.

Before we review the opening odds for the big game in two weeks, here’s where you can find the top betting sites for NFL football in 2022, as well as tips for how to wager on Super Bowl 56.

Super Bowl 56 – Rams vs Bengals

BetOnlineSpreadMoney LineTotal Points
Cincinnati Bengals+4.0 (-110)+163Un 50 (-110)
Los Angeles Rams-4.0 (-110)-183Ov 50 (-110)

Bengals upset the Chiefs

Cincinnati opened as a 4-point underdog to the Rams – but, hey, that’s not too shabby considering they were 125-1 preseason longshots to win the Lombardi Trophy. In fact, the Bengals are just the third team in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl two years after having the league’s worst record.

Down 21-3 midway through the second quarter on Sunday, the Bengals defense held the Chiefs to six straight scoreless possessions and picked off Patrick Mahomes twice. Meanwhile, Joe Burrow stayed cool and calm in the pocket, throwing for 250 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in a 27-24 overtime victory.

Rams finally top the 49ers

Matthew Stafford threw for 337 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, overcoming a 10-point second-half deficit to defeat the 49ers for the first time since the 2018 season. With the 20-17 victory in the NFC Championship Game, the Rams can now become the second team in as many years to win the Super Bowl in their home stadium.

After defeating his former boss Kyle Shanahan for the first time in seven tries, Sean McVay will now get a chance to correct the other blemish on his resume – a 13-3 Super Bowl 53 loss to the Patriots where his offense mustered only three points despite averaging 32.9 in the regular season.

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Rams vs Bengals

Joe Burrow has been unflappable throughout the postseason, surviving a playoff-record nine sacks against Tennessee in the Divisional Round and escaping the Chiefs pass rush for 25 yards on the ground in the AFC Championship win.

However, Aaron Donald leads the NFL in pressure over the past five seasons and pressured Jimmy Garappolo into the game-clinching interception on Sunday. The ability of the Bengals’ much-maligned offensive line to stop Donald and Von Miller will be a key storyline over the next two weeks.

Stafford’s otherworldly connection with Cooper Kupp was on display on Sunday (11-142-2 TDs) as it has been all season, but Odell Beckham Jr. snagging nine balls for 113 yards was key to the victory over San Francisco.

Similarly, Tee Higgins went 6-103 in the win over KC, complementing Ja’Marr Chase’s 6-54-1 line. The weapons on both sides could be a wash, but Joe Mixon gives Cincy the edge in the run game.

Early Prediction

Both these franchises have No. 1 overall picks at quarterback – but each is at a very different part of their careers. While Burrow has proved to have ice water in his veins, we think Stafford will set ablaze to his career narrative and take home his first career Super Bowl trophy.

Final Score Prediction: Los Angeles 27, Bengals 20.

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