Every game of the NFL season has led to this. The Super Bowl is here, and we finally get to see who gets to compete for one of the NFL’s most prestigious trophies, the Lombardi. It is going to be a matchup between the Bengals and the Rams. But how did both teams get here? Let’s start with the Bengals.
After coming off a pretty poor season they went into the draft and took everyone by surprise. A team that was in desperate need of quarterback protection after a horrific Joe Burrow injury last season, took a wide receiver. Don’t get me wrong, I was expecting him to be a good player, but I was under the impression that they were going with an offensive lineman. This ended up being a great decision.
Along with the draft they were able to get a few solid defensive players out of free agency and they began their season. Ending the season 10-7, I was not expecting them to make the run that they made. With game-winning field goals in every one of their games in the playoffs so far, they find themselves with a chance to win it all.
Now let’s talk about the Rams. The Rams made one very big move this offseason that has set them towards this Super Bowl trend. And that trade was for former first overall pick Matthew Stafford from the Lions. And after the first few weeks of the season, I was sold. If you look back to one of my earlier stories, I had him winning MVP at around midseason. He did start to crumble towards the end of the season, but when your team finds a way to trade for Von Miller and make a free agency pickup like Odell Beckham Jr., you will be just fine. And to go along with that all, Cooper Kupp just had one of, if not, the best season for a wide receiver ever. Both teams have had some crazy rides to get here, but how is this game going to pan out?
#4 Los Angeles Rams (12-5) vs. #4 Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)
5:30 p.m. – Feb. 13, 2022
Super Bowl LVI – SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.
Both teams are coming into this one after having consecutive close games. And I don’t think this trend will change, at least I hope it doesn’t. I think this game has a lot of potential to be close, but I do think one team is significantly better, that team is the Rams, but I think they do have a chance to shoot themselves in the foot in this game. There is so much star power on this team that has not won a Super Bowl yet, and I think that the pressure is on them. Meanwhile, the Bengals are here years ahead of schedule. They were not supposed to be here yet. This team has potential to be this great for years to come, so they have a lot less pressure. But is that enough to overcome the Rams and their home crowd (second year in a row the Super Bowl will be played at a home stadium)? No, I don’t think it is enough, the Rams just have so much firepower. Put Ramsey on Chase, send Aaron Donald and Von Miller at Joe Burrow every play, and let the offense work. I am selecting the Los Angeles Rams to win this year’s Super Bowl.