Super Bowl LVI Preview and Betting Guide

Welcome to the Beats Beer Bonfires Super Bowl betting guide! We have made it to the 2022 Super Bowl. As shitty as it will be to not have football for six months, this should be a very fun game to watch. As everyone predicted back in August, the Rams will be taking on the Bengals in the championship game. Who’s going to win? Who should you bet? We will break it all down for you here!

Rams

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise the Los Angeles Rams made the Super Bowl. They pushed all their chips to the table for this season. First, they acquired Matthew Stafford from the Lions preseason. Then they snagged Von Miller, and Odell Beckham Jr. in midseason acquisitions. They have Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, and Leonard Floyd on defense. They have Andrew Whitworth, Cooper Kupp, and Sony Michel on offense. They have Sean McVay, the top young mind in the coaching game. SoFi Stadium, their home field, is hosting the Super Bowl. All signs pointed to the Rams being in the Super Bowl.

At the beginning of the season, the Rams came out on fire. They won their first three games, including an upset over Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They then lost to the Arizona Cardinals, who moved to 4-0 at the time. After another four-game win streak, the Rams sat at 7-1. The November blues started to set in for a hot LA team, as they lost to the Titans 28-16 at home. Next, they went up to San Francisco and got shit pumped by the 49ers 31-10. After a bye week, they faced a hot Packers team and lost 36-28 in Green Bay. This led to a lot of questions, as the Rams hadn’t beat a good team since week 3 over Tampa. They also were 2 games behind the Cardinals with just 5 weeks left. That’s when everything changed again. The Cardinals lost to the Lions, Colts, and Seahawks. The Rams beat, the Jaguars, Seahawks, Vikings, Ravens, and the Cardinals in a head-to-head matchup. This put the Rams at 12-5 to end the year and the Cardinals at 11-6.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Rams faced off against division rival Arizona one final time. It wasn’t much of a game, as the Rams won 34-11. Next, the Rams had to go down to Tampa, where the Bucs had just beaten the Eagles big. The Rams got off to a 27-3 lead, but Tom Brady remembered he was Tom Brady. The Bucs stormed back and tied the game 27-27, the Rams got the ball with 40 seconds left on the clock. Stafford led a huge drive, including a 44-yard completion to Cooper Kupp to get the ball into the Rams red zone. As time expired, Matt Gay was able to punch the ball through for the game-winning field goal. The Rams survived 30-27. For the conference finals, the 49ers came down to LA for the third matchup of the season. In the first half of the game, both offenses were stagnant, and the 49ers were up 10-7 at halftime. Then, the Rams woke up in the second half scoring 13 points to the 49ers 7, and the Rams won 20-17.

Bengals

The Bengals weren’t a Super Bowl favorite. In fact, they weren’t even a playoff favorite. Before the season the Bengals over/under for wins was 6.5. They ended up winning 10, but it wasn’t smooth sailing. Going into their week 10 bye, they were sitting at 5-4 coming off back-to-back losses to the Browns and Jets. After the bye week, they went 2-0 and went to 7-4 on the season. They still faced an uphill battle with the schedule. They had to play the Chargers, 49ers, Ravens, Chiefs, and Browns. They did good enough though, as they upset the Ravens and Chiefs and got to 10-7 on the year. That set up a round 1 matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders, which they were able to win 26-19. Derek Carr was knocking on the door with a last-second drive. To end the game though he threw a heart-breaking interception in the Raiders endzone.

That set up a matchup with the #1 seed Titans in Nashville. The Titans were heavy favorites. The Bengals defense was able to make QB Ryan Tannehill see ghosts as he threw 3 INTs and one touchdown. Joe Burrow didn’t throw for any touchdowns, but he was able to get Evan McPherson into range for 4 field goals on the day. Joe Mixon was able to run for one TD, and the Bengals won 19-16. Finally, they had to go into Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs were a heavy favorite. Mahomes got off to a quick start and the Chiefs went up 21-3 in the second quarter. Joe Burrow wouldn’t go out like this, and before halftime he managed to make the score 21-10. The second half of the game was completely different. The Bengals scored 3 times in a row and went up 24-21. As time expired the Chiefs were able to make a field goal, and the game went to OT. In OT the Chiefs won the toss and got the ball first, but Mahomes threw a quick INT. Then, Burrow was able to drive down the field. Evan McPherson hit his second game-winning field goal in a row, and the Bengals are Super Bowl bound.

Betting Guide

So, who should you bet in the Super Bowl? As of February 1st, DraftKings has the Rams as 4.5-point favorites over the Bengals. The over/under for the score is 48 points, and the Bengals are at +160. I’m going to bet the Rams money line, which is -190. The Rams have a similar storyline to the Buccaneers last year. Matthew Stafford is hungry for a Super Bowl. Although Burrow will get one, I can’t ignore all the hunger on the Rams sideline. I’m not going to take it, but if you wanted to bet the spread, I would take the Bengals at +4.5. The Rams will win but not cover the spread, so it’s hard to take them at -4.5. DraftKings also has some interesting prop bets. They have the winning margin of the game be over/under 8.5 points. I took the under on that, as I mentioned the game will be a time-ending field goal. It also has that as a bet at +500, so that was easy for me. They have lots of props for if you think the game will be a high-scoring shootout or a defense game. I am leaning towards a shootout, and the game will be something like 34-31 or something like that. I am not sponsored by DraftKings, so FanDuel, Barstool, or any other sportsbooks I am available.

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