This year, the Bengals and Rams appear set to provide a game full of offensive fireworks. So, are these teams destined to go over the Super Bowl points total? Or is there a chance they will go under?
But before getting into the numbers, here’s what you need to know about the big game.
Rams (-4.5) at Bengals (Neutral)
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022
- Time: 6:30 PM EST
- Venue: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA
Los Angeles Rams Offense
The Rams’ decision to acquire Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions via trade has paid off for Los Angeles. With 41 TDs and 4,886 yards passing, Stafford guided his team to Super Bowl 56 with the league’s seventh-ranked scoring offense.
Cooper Kupp has played a significant role in the Rams’ offense. Kupp gained 1,845 yards and scored 16 TDs with a 13.4-yard average.
The Los Angeles offense added another weapon mid-season when they acquired WR Odell Beckham Jr. from the Cleveland Browns. Beckham added 27 catches for 305 yards and five touchdowns.
Beckham had his best performance for the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers. In that game, he caught nine passes for 113 yards to help the Rams overcome a divisional rival they hadn’t beaten in six tries.
The Rams offense also has a solid running back in Sony Michel, who has 208 carries for 845 yards and a 4.1-yard average.
Cincinnati Bengals Offense
Joe Burrow completed his first complete season in the NFL with 4,611 yards passing and 34 TDs. The Bengals tied the Rams for seventh in scoring, averaging 27.1 points per game.
The Bengals have a more balanced attack with RB Joe Mixon running for 1,205 yards and 13 TDs. Ja’Marr Chase, the Bengals downfield threat and one of the best rookie wide receivers we’ve seen in a while, has 1,455 yards, 13 touchdowns, and a yards per catch average of 18.
Chase isn’t the only weapon in Cincinnati’s receiving arsenal. Tee Higgins caught 74 passes for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns. Factor in Tyler Boyd with 67 catches for 828 yards and five touchdowns, and the Rams defense will face coverage challenges.
The Rams and Bengals allowed the 22nd and 26th most passing yards per game in the regular season, respectively.
Los Angeles poses a threat with the pass-rushing ability of Aaron Donald. The Bengals gave up nine sacks to the Tennessee Titans and 51 sacks during the regular season.
Rams CB Jalen Ramsey leads a suspect secondary against the Bengals. He will have to cover Chase or Higgins, and the Rams will probably have to keep a safety on Chase’s side of the field in high-low coverage.
Both teams do well against the run, ranking in the top six in rushing yards allowed per game. These teams will likely rely on their passing games to put up points.
Super Bowl Points Total (48.5)
With all the offensive firepower on both these teams, I’m confident they will combine to go over a Super Bowl points total of 48.5.
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