Youth will be served in the coaching ranks at the 2022 Super Bowl when the Los Angeles Rams face the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium. Rams coach Sean McVay is 36, while his former pupil, Bengals coach Zac Taylor is 38. Combined, they are the youngest tandem to square off in the Super Bowl. With a victory, McVay can become the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was also 36 when he led the club to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl 43 in 2009. McVay became the youngest coach to lead a team to the Super Bowl three years ago when the Rams were defeated by the New England Patriots.
Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. Los Angeles is a four-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 48.5 in the latest Super Bowl 56 odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Before you make any Rams vs. Bengals picks, you need to see the Super Bowl 56 predictions and betting advice from SportsLine NFL expert Brett Anderson, considering the heater he’s on.
A CBS Sports NFL editor, Anderson has been covering the NFL and other sports for 25 years, from the Midwest to Midtown Manhattan to South Florida. He joined his first NFL picks pool at age 12 and has been hammering home underdogs ever since. His strategy is a hybrid of data, game film and gut instinct.
For the past three seasons, Anderson has emerged as one of SportsLine’s most profitable NFL experts and is looking to build on what has been another outstanding season. The NFL analyst has posted a record of 22-9 on NFL picks throughout the 2021-22 NFL season to net his followers a profit of more than $1,200.
What’s more, he has gone 3-0 on his against-the-spread picks in the 2022 NFL playoffs. These picks include advising SportsLine members to take the San Francisco 49ers +3.5 against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game. San Francisco squandered a double-digit lead, but still covered the number in the 20-17 loss. Anyone who has followed Anderson is way up.
Now, Anderson has locked in on Rams vs. Bengals from every angle and just released his Super Bowl 56 picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the NFL odds and betting lines for Rams vs. Bengals:
- Bengals vs. Rams point spread: Los Angeles -4
- Bengals vs. Rams over-under total: 48.5 points
- Bengals vs. Rams money line: Los Angeles -190, Cincinnati +160
- LAR: Favorite is 3-1-1 against the spread in the past five Super Bowls
- CIN: Bengals have covered six consecutive games against opponents with winning records
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Why the Rams can cover
One of the potentially pivotal 2022 Super Bowl matchups is Rams all-pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey potentially across from Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati’s standout rookie wide receiver. Many key factors suggest the Rams could get the best of this showdown.
The Bengals’ shaky pass protection has inhibited their ability to take deep shots with Chase, and most of his postseason production has been through quick-hitting screens and slants. In the AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs, the LSU product managed just six catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. The Rams have a better pass rush than Kansas City, which could further limit the receiver’s big-play opportunities.
What’s more, Ramsey has regularly gotten the best of head-to-head matchups against the NFL’s top receivers. The Florida State product’s standout performances include holding Justin Jefferson of the Vikings to three catches for 25 yards, DK Metcalf of Seattle to three catches for 25 yards and limiting Davante Adams of the Packers to five grabs for 41 yards.
Why the Bengals can cover
After tight end C.J. Uzomah suffered what appeared to be a season-ending injury in the AFC Championship Game, the Bengals are now hopeful he can play in the 2022 Super Bowl. The prognosis looked bleak when Uzomah was wheeled off in a cart with what was believed to be a possible MCL tear that would have sidelined him for the game.
The injury has since been diagnosed as a sprain and, although Uzomah didn’t practice in the week following the conference title game, team officials have stated they are optimistic he will be available. Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan told the media the tight end, “means the world to our offense.”
The 2015 fifth-round pick from Auburn has proven to be a lethal goal-line and short-yardage target in the passing game, along with providing solid blocking. He notched 49 catches for 493 yards and five touchdowns. Even with no receptions in the AFC Championship Game before he exited in the first quarter, Uzomah remains the team’s third-leading receiver in the postseason. If Uzomah can’t go, backup Drew Sample has been effective in the passing game when given the opportunity. Last year, the Washington product had 40 catches for 349 yards and a touchdown.
How to make Rams vs. Bengals Super Bowl picks
For Super Bowl 56, Anderson is leaning under on the point total, but he also says a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side of the 2022 Super Bowl spread to back, at SportsLine.
So, who wins Rams vs. Bengals? And which side of the Super Bowl 56 spread is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Rams vs. Bengals spread you need to jump on, all from the expert who’s hit 71 percent of his NFL picks this year, and find out.