Super Bowl 56 Picks Super Bowl 56 Predictions: Los Angeles Rams 15-5-0 (-4) VS Cincinnati Bengals 13-7-0

Super Bowl 56 Predictions

A team hosting the Super Bowl will play in the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. This time the Rams are the visitors unlike last year when Tampa Bay hosted the Super Bowl as the home team at Raymond James Stadium.

Chris Ransom Last Updated: February 11, 2022.

4. Los Angeles Rams 15-5-0
4. Cincinnati Bengals 13-7-0

Chris Ransom's Pick

Heading into the Super Bowl of the 2022 NFL Playoffs, Wes Langley is 189-95 on the year. Wes was the only Draft Utopia panelist to finish the regular season in the top 10 record in the Nation finishing third with 182 behind Buck Hawks 184 and ESPN's Matt Bowen who had 183. Wes went 5-1 on wild card weekend with Buck going 6-0 and Matt going 4-2. Wes went 2-2 in the Divisional Round while Buck and Matt both went 1-3 with Buck getting the Bengals game right and Matt getting the Chiefs game right. This means Buck Hawks has first place with 191 games correct with Wes having 189 games correct and Matt Bowen having 188 games correct with 3 games left in the season. Nothing changed since two weeks ago after all 3 picked the Chiefs and 49ers to meet in Super Bowl 56 only to be wrong. Wes Langley has an 10 game lead with 1 game to go in the Draft Utopia NFL Pickem Standings meaning Wes is this years NFL Pickem Champion on Draft Utopia.

Jason Bantle moved into second place in the Draft Utopia NFL Pickem Standings with a 179-105 record after going 3-1 in the Divisional Round before going 1-1 in the AFC Championship. Lisa Donovan moved into third place in the Draft Utopia NFL Pickem Standings with a 178-106 record. Andrew Kermish is fourth in the Draft Utopia NFL Pickem Standings with a 177-107 record after going 0-4 in the Divisional Round before going 1-1.

Oren Shiri is in fifth place with a 175-109 record with Jesse Lucas at 174-110 on the year with Oren in fifth and Jesse in sixth in the Draft Utopia NFL Pickem Standings. Oren was one of three Draft Utopia Staff members to pick both the AFC and NFC Champion.

I'm now seventh in the Draft Utopia NFL Pickem Standings with a 173-111. Joseph Potter and Tanya Holmes can play for eighth place in the Draft Utopia NFL Pickem Standings. Joey went 2-0 in conference championship week to improve his record to 171-113. Tanya Holmes is 170-114. Brian Bayless is tenth in the Draft Utopia NFL Pickem Standings with a 165-119 record going 1-3 in the Divisional Round before going 1-1 in the AFC Championship Game. Tracy Porter finished last in the Draft Utopia NFL Pickem Standings with a 157-127 record after going 5-1 during wild card week and 2-2 in the Divisonal Round before going 2-0 in the AFC Championship.

Why the Los Angeles Rams Will Win: Los Angeles will have their offense at full health for Super Bowl 56. Matthew Stafford will have Andrew Whitworth at left tackle, David Edwards at left guard, Brian Allen at center, Austin Corbett at right guard, and Rob Havenstein at right tackle. Los Angeles has Cam Akers, Sony Michel, and Darrell Henderson at running back. A wide receiver duo of Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. is lethal. If Van Jefferson can get cleared by Sunday, this trio will be difficult for Cincinnati to stop. Tight end Tyler Higbee is the toughest tight end San Francisco's safeties have faced up to this point.

Aaron Donald plays 3-4 right end with Greg Gaines at 3-4 nose tackle, and Marquise Copeland, the replacement for Michael Brockers at 3-4 left end finally getting an interception on Kyler Murray in the wild card round. Leonard Floyd and Von Miller can get to the quarterback. Floyd plays 3-4 right outside linebacker lining up against left tackles while Von Miller plays at 3-4 left outside linebacker facing right tackles. Von showed he could win one-on-ones with the opposing left tackle in the Divsional Round.

The Los Angeles Rams cornerbacks have stepped up ever since Robert Rochelle got placed on injured reserve back in week 13 against Jacksonville, but the Rams are getting Rochelle back on Sunday giving the Rams Jalen Ramsey, Robert Rochelle, Darious Williams who started across from Ramsey in the Divisional Round, Nick Scott, David Long Jr. and Donte Deayon at cornerback giving the Rams about as much depth at corner as any team in the NFL. These cornerbacks held the Cardinals to 0/9 on third down conversions. Tampa Bay began 0/4 on third down conversions against the Rams before finishing the game 2/10 on third down conversions. San Francisco went 3/10 on third down conversions in the NFC Championship game. Through three playoff games the Los Angeles Rams defense is 24/29 on third down stops. Sean McVay is coaching against his old teammate Zac Taylor who worked for him when both coaches were on the Rams.

Why the Cincinnati Bengals Will Win: Joe Burrow won't have Riley Reiff at right tackle, but he'll have everyone else on offense at full health. Cincinnati may run the ball in this game with left guard Quinton Spain, center Trey Hopkins, and right guard Hakeem Adeniji make a good interior offensive line and they will open things up for running back Joe Mixon while Jonah Williams tries to protect Burrow's blindside. Cincinnati has a wide receiver trio of Ja'Maar Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd that the Las Vegas Raiders didn't have an answer for. Tight end C.J. Uzomah did well against Kansas City earlier in the regular season, but left the AFC Championship injured.

Cincinnati has Trey Hendrickson at 4-3 right end and Sam Hubbard at 4-3 left end. Both defensive ends got pressure on Ryan Tannehill making critical stops in the Divisional Round against the Tennessee Titans. These two will have to do the same while D.J. Reader leads the way at 4-3 defensive tackle with B.J. Hill complimenting him filling in for an injured Larry Ogunjobi.

Cincinnati has Germaine Pratt at 4-3 right outside linebacker, Logan Wilson at 4-3 middle linebacker, and Markus Bailey filling in for an injured Akeem Davis-Gaither at 4-3 left outside linebacker.

Chidobe Awuzie will do everything he can as a number one corner to keep Cincinnati in this game. Awuzie did well against the Raiders, but struggled against A.J. Brown. Awuzie gets his toughest matchup of the season in the AFC Championship where he struggled early in the first half before rebounding in the second half. Eli Apple and nickel cornerback Mike Hilton will compliment Awuzie. Jessie Bates III and Von Bell survived the NFL's best third down offense in Kansas City now these safeties get an easier tight end to deal with in Tyler Higbee after taking down the leagues best tight end in Travis Kelce.

Cincinnati drafted Evan McPherson at kicker. McPherson can get field goals if Cincinnati struggles with third down conversions when they are in field goal range.

Prediction: Los Angeles is a 4 point favorite at -4. The over or under is 48.5 with 59% of the public betting on Los Angeles. The money line is -185 for Los Angeles and +165 for Los Angeles. I like Los Angeles to win and Cincinnati to cover with the under at +165. Bet $35 on this game for Cincinnati and win up to $200 as long as the Bengals lose by a field goal or less.

Final Score Rams 21 Bengals 20

Who Everyone Else Picked

Tanya Holmes Oren Shiri Jesse Lucas Jason Bantle Joseph Potter Andrew Kermish Lisa Donovan Tracy Porter Wes Langley Brian Bayless

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