For the second time in as many years, an NFC team will have a chance to win the Super Bowl at home.
The Rams beat the 49ers 20-17 in the NFC Championship game Sunday night to win their second Super Bowl appearance in the last four years. Los Angeles moves on to the Bengals and becomes the de facto home team, as their home ground, SoFi Stadium, will host Super Bowl 56.
The Buccaneers became the first team to win a Super Bowl at their home stadium last year when Tom Brady led them to a 33-9 rout by the Chiefs. The Rams will hope to have the same luck in 2022, and sportsbooks have taken this home court advantage into account. That’s part of the reason the Rams opened as 3.5-point Super Bowl favorites, according to the FanDuel Sportsbook.
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The Rams opened the year with 15-1 (+15,000) odds of winning the Super Bowl. It was the ninth-shortest odds in the NFL, but only the second-shortest in their division, behind the 49ers.
Meanwhile, the Bengals were serious long shots to win Super Bowl 56 before the season. In fact, only the Jaguars, Lions and Texans had longer odds than the Bengals’ 120-1 (+12000) odds. Joe Burrow can give Bengals bettors a massive paycheck if he is able to lead the team to a win.
If you’re not one of the lucky few with Super Bowl tickets outstanding at the Rams or Bengals, there are still plenty of ways to get in. Below are the opening odds for Super Bowl 56 along with an explanation of why the Rams are favored in this competition.
(All odds listed are per FanDuel Sportsbook.)
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Super Bowl 56 odds, spread, line for Rams vs. Bengals
- Opening spread: Rams -3.5
- Moneyline: Aries -180; Bengals +155
- Over under: 49.5
The opening line for Super Bowl 56 has the Bengals underdogs against the Rams. This was expected for a few reasons.
First, the Rams do not have to travel to play in the Super Bowl. They will be at home in Inglewood, California, while the Bengals will travel across the country – and three time zones – for the match. That gives the Rams a significant advantage, even though they struggled to get home fans in the seats during the NFC championship game.
In addition, the Rams match well against the Bengals. Cincinnati allowed Joe Burrow to be fired 51 times during the regular season, more than any other NFL quarterback, and the Rams have a defensive line filled with top-tier pass rushers. The league’s most fired quarterback has never won the Super Bowl, so if the Rams can use Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd and Von Miller to push Burrow, they should have a good chance of winning and covering.
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Meanwhile, the Bengals ‘defense is not quite as strong as the Rams’. They may not be able to cover all three of the Rams’ best wide receivers – Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr. and Van Jefferson – given Eli Apple’s inconsistent play. It is also included in the matchup edge.
Burrow is the big equalizer. He has been red-hot and has kept the Bengals in matches they should not compete in. They beat the Chiefs as 7.5 point underdogs. But even with his strong performance, the matchup on paper favors the Rams, as Matthew Stafford could go toe-to-toe with Burrow. And again, these would mean that you have to spend for these processes.
Sportsbooks apparently also expect a game with higher scores. Over / under for the game is 49.5. This is also not surprising, given that both Burrow and Stafford play well, and each has several receiving weapons at its disposal.