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January 31, 2022

Super Bowl 2022 Betting Preview: Rams vs. Bengals - Best Bets for Spread, Moneyline, Props, Total, Parlay

The matchups are set for Super Bowl LVI as the surprise Cincinnati Bengals will represent the AFC against the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams.

The game will be played at the Rams' home stadium, which makes it the second consecutive year that has happened. Last year, the Buccanneers led by Tom Brady won in front of their home fans for the first time in NFL history. 

The Super Bowl is one of the busiest days for sports bettors, and although the game is 13 days away, we figured now would be a good time to check in on the early gambling lines. We will not be giving out any official picks until we get closer to the game, but it is always a good idea to keep your eye on the board and watch for any significant changes. 

With all of that being said, let's take a look at the early lines for one of the most interesting Super Bowls in quite some time.

*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook

Super Bowl LVI: Cincinnati Bengals vs Los Angeles Rams

Spread: Rams -4 | Total: 48.5 | ML: Rams -200, Bengals +168 

Spread: 

The Bengals finished the season with a 13-7 record ATS, and they have covered in seven straight games during their improbable run to the Super Bowl. On the other side, the Rams were only 10-10 ATS this season, and they are 2-1 ATS this postseason. 

As at least four-point favorites this season, the Rams are 4-6 ATS and the Bengals are 4-0 ATS when at least a four-point underdog. Since the game is at SoFi Stadium, the Rams will look to become the second team to win a Super Bowl at their home stadium since the Bucanneeers did it all the way back in 2021.

There are still some injuries that need to be sorted out from now until kickoff, and of course, the risk of some guys going down with COVID is real. However, unless something terrible happens, the Rams have the edge in this game. 

Los Angeles is only 5-5 ATS at SoFi this season, but they have the right team to knock off Cincinnati. The Bengals clearly made the right choice in draft Ja'Marr Chase over any of the top offensive linemen in the draft, but that unit is still pretty bad. They even benched their starting right guard, Hakeem Adeniji in the middle of the AFC Championship because he was getting his lunch eaten constantly, and his replacement, Jackson Carman, was no better as he allowed six pressures according to PFF. 

Aaron Donald and Von Miller combined for seven pressures on a solid 49ers offensive line, and they all but eliminated the inside run. Outside of Donald and Miller, Jalen Ramsey and Leonard Floyd are going to be tough to beat, even with some Joe Burrow magic. 

I still have to crack the books and do my final research for the Super Bowl, but as of now, the Rams are the play ATS.

Pick: Rams -4 (-110)

Money Line: 

Well, if I think the Rams are going to cover as a favorite, you can probably guess who I would take on the money line.

Pick: Rams (-200)

Total: 

In the Rams' 20 games this season, the over has hit 10 times while in the same amount of games for the Bengals, the over has only hit eight times. When the total is set at 48.5 or higher, the total has gone over in four of 11 for the Rams and twice in eight games for the Bengals. 

Both offenses feature explosive playmakers, and both the Rams and Bengals finished the regular season in the top 10 in scoring. In the playoffs, the Rams are putting up 28 points per game, and the Bengals are scoring 24 points per game. Naturally, this game feels like it is going to go over the total, but I don't know if the Bengals are going to be able to score enough on this defense to push it over.

Burrow is going to be running for his life, which is fine, and he has proven that he can be effective outside the pocket. However, this Rams' defense has elite playmakers up and down the field. At the end of the day, the Rams should pick apart the Bengals' defense, and the Bengals will eventually find themselves in the endzone once or twice.

I think.

I do not feel good about it, but I will lean towards the over as of this moment. 

Pick: Over 48.5 (-110)

Props:

The Super Bowl is one of the most bet on events every year, and all of the fun props are a reason why. From the over/under on the national anthem to the color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach, you can practically bet on anything. 

We will take a deeper look into the player props as we get closer to the game, and there will be many more props put up during this two-week break. But as of now, here are my favorite props for Super Bowl LVI.

MVP: Odell Beckham Jr. (+2500)

Either Team To Score An Opening Drive Touchdown: Yes (+114)

Will There Be A Two-Point Conversion Attempt?: Yes (+160)

Last Play Of Game To Be A QB Kneel: Yes (-130)

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