The Cincinnati Bengals are in the Super Bowl for the first time in over 30 years. They had challenging games against the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs, but Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is playing great football.
Burrow and his squad are 4.5 point underdogs against the Los Angeles Rams according to BetMGM’s Super Bowl betting odds. Burrow has led his team to some significant victories, but can he continue his success in the Super Bowl?
Rams (-4.5) at Bengals (Neutral)
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022
- Time: 6:30 P.M. EST
- Venue: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA
Burrow’s Playoff Stats
Burrow has only thrown four touchdowns combined in his three postseason games while racking up two interceptions.
He has thrown for 842 total yards, averaging 280.7 yards a game and a 68.9% completion percentage. He’s done this while absorbing 12 sacks, including a whopping nine in the Titans game.
Joe Burrow has shown that he can lead his team to victory in close playoff games. He and the Bengals have an average winning margin of only 4.3 points in the playoffs.
How Burrow and the Bengals Stack Up Against the Rams
I believe it will be difficult for the Bengals to run the ball in the Super Bowl. The Rams’ rushing defense allowed the sixth-fewest yards per game in the regular season.
Burrow will have to do the heavy lifting if the Bengals can’t get Joe Mixon going. The biggest problem for Burrow will be the Rams’ stellar pass rush that finished third in sacks during the regular season. DT Aaron Donald leads the pass rush, followed by linebackers Leonard Floyd and Von Miller.
On top of that, the Rams love to blitz. They rank 11th in blitz percentage and send extra personnel at the quarterback 26.6% of the time.
The Rams blitzing attack wouldn’t be as concerning an issue if the Bengals had a top-tier offensive line. They do not.
The Titans sacked Burrow nine times in the divisional round and held him to zero touchdowns and one interception. Interestingly, Burrow threw for 348 yards, the most he’s had in the playoffs. He also had his highest playoff completion percentage (75.7%). He even had a better passer rating than in his last game versus the Chiefs.
So, even though Los Angeles might dominate the line of scrimmage, we’ve seen that Burrow can adapt to get the ball out quickly and still have a big game. The Rams have also struggled against the pass, ranking 22nd in passing yards allowed per game (241.7). I think the Bengals will lean on that strategy again, and I expect Burrow to rack up 300+ yards as he did versus the Titans.
Joe Burrow in Super Bowl 56
Do you think Joe Burrow can have an excellent performance and lead the Bengals past the Rams in Super Bowl 56?
I’m betting the over on his passing prop, which currently sits at 276.5 yards at BetMGM, the best online sportsbook. Create an account today and receive a risk-free initial bet worth up to $1,000.