The Los Angeles Rams are back in the Super Bowl for the second time in the last four seasons after coming back to defeat the division rival San Francisco 49ers which in the process snapped a six-game losing streak to their hated rivals.
Their reward for doing as such is a skirmish against Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals in the comforts of SoFi Stadium with the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy on the line. Linemakers at legally regulated US Sportsbooks like SugarHouse currently have the host Rams lined as 4-point favorites with the total lined at 48.5 even though Sean McVay’s squad is considered to be the visiting team. NFL bettors pounced upon the under of the total early on forcing a line move down from the 50-point opener. After stinking the joint up in Super Bowl LIII in which they mustered a grand total of three points in a defeat to the New England Patriots, you can’t help but think Los Angeles will look to flex its offensive muscles this time around. At least I do! And what better defense to do so against than the Bengals which ranks out in the bottom half of the league in both total defense and points allowed. I’ll predominantly be taking an offensive approach to betting into Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl LVI props and suggest you do as well. This team has much to make up for the effort in the big game from 2019 and is playing on its own turf! If it doesn’t show for LVI, the franchise should be banned from partaking in anymore Super Bowls!
Matthew Stafford Over 279.5 Passing yards
The Rams passing game is a big reason why the team won its first three playoff games to get to this point. The ring bearer of it all has been Stafford who’s gone for 202, 366 and 337 passing yards to earn the first three postseason wins of his 13-year playing career. I don’t expect the good times to suddenly come to a crashing thud in the big game running up against a Cincinnati defense that’s been extremely charitable to opposing quarterbacks all season long (No. 21). Stafford’s passing yards prop is 15 yards higher than the Bengals No. 26 ranked pass defense has conceded on the year. Though the ‘Natti’s secondary excelled in the second half against Kansas City, there’s now film of the adjustments DC Lou Anarumo and his staff made. Stafford and his capable cast of pass catchers will be ready. As such, look for the Rams QB1 to go for at least three spins and hit the over of his passing yards prop with relative ease.
Cooper Kupp Over 105 Receiving Yards
I’ve been beating the Kupp for MVP drum all season and I won’t stop now. The Rams premiere wide receiver has broken all kinds of records this season. Because of it, he clocks in with a 6-1 return to be named the MVP of Super Bowl LVI. That’s pretty impressive when you take into account the fact that the award has been given to a quarterback seven of the last 10 seasons with a wide receiver – Julian Edelman – only hoisting the hardware once during that stretch. Kupp has gone for an average of 128.7 receiving yards through three playoff games, and the Bengals don’t have a cover man in their secondary that will be able to keep him from going HAM once again. Even in his 5/61 and 1 TD showing in the wild-card round versus the Arizona Cardinals, Kupp received a team-high five targets. In the next two games against Tampa Bay and San Francisco, he was peppered with 25 total targets and caught 20 of them. With so many looks going his way, it’s tough to envision the league’s best pass catcher not rising up on the biggest stage. It’ll be so fitting to see him close this season of the ages out with a bang!
Cam Akers Longest Rush Over 13.5 Yards
Linemakers are putting some respect on Akers’ name lining his rushing yards prop at 63.5 considering he’s yet to surpass the 60-yard plateau in any of his playoff starts while receiving an average of 18 carries per game. His high water mark was 55 yards on 17 carries versus Arizona in the wild-card round. With an extra two weeks to get into even better playing shape since returning from what was thought to be a season-ending Achilles injury. So instead of suggesting to hit the over of that impost, I’ll instead bank on the electric RB coming up with at least one saunter deep into the Bengals secondary knowing full well they allowed a RB to surpass this offering in all three playoff games played to date. Akers has the extra gear to get there, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he ultimately went on to surpass his rushing yards prop as well; injured shoulder and all.
Sony Michel Under 16.5 Rushing Yards
When Michel can turn the corner and get his head down, he’s tough for opposing defenses to keep at bay. Still, he’s going to have a major issue doing much with his limited chances against a Bengals defense similarly ranked to the 49ers outfit that just held him to 16 yards on 10 carries for an average of just 1.0 yards per carry in the NFC title game. With Cam Akers back in the mix, Michel’s reps have all but disappeared. He was mostly utilized to milk clock in the second half versus the Cardinals, and then got a grand total of just one carry in the next round versus the Bucs stout run defense; he turned it into a whopping four yards. Then there was the no-show versus the Niners. With Akers likely to once again get a bulk of the burn out of the backfield, I don’t envision Michel doing much with his change of pace reps against Cincy’s No. 5 run defense.