The Big Game is almost here, the Cincinnati Bengals out of nowhere take on the well-rounded Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. This is the second straight season that a team has played a Super Bowl bet at their home stadium. In what should be a great game due to Cincinnati’s explosive offense and dominant Los Angeles defensive line, don’t forget the Bengals’ secondary and the Rams’ incredible wide receiver duo.
One of the many benefits of the Super Bowl is that there are endless props to bet on. There’s a ton of value on the board, whether it’s who scores the game’s first touchdown if a particular player gets a certain number of receiving yards or even some of the many obscure ones.
Let’s dive into the most promising player props for the Bengals-Rams, based on current NFL betting odds, explaining why these might be the smart bets to take:
Super Bowl LVI Bengals Odds vs Rams by BetUs
|bengals||+4½ ( -115 )||48½ (-110)||+175|
|Rams||-4½ ( -105 )||48½ (-110)||-210|
Stafford will get his yards
The Rams have been locked in at both ends of the field throughout the playoffs, but it’s Matthew Stafford’s play above all that has helped lift Los Angeles. He’s been great all season, especially in the fourth quarters, and that carried over into his first-ever extended playoff series.
So given how he threw for 366 yards against the Buccaneers and 337 yards against the 49ers, Stafford should be able to eclipse his Super Bowl over/under passing yards. He threw more than that in 11 of 17 regular season games and then two of three postseason games. Additionally, the Bengals gave up the seventh-most passing yards in the regular season and were cut by Patrick Mahomes in the first half of the AFC Championship. Previously, Derek Carr of the Raiders had a big game against Cincy in the Divisional Round.
If you’re making NFL predictions, look for Stafford to have a big day.
Take: Matthew Stafford Over 280½ passing yards (-115)
Odell to get even more targets
Odell Beckham Jr. was a controversial signing when the Rams acquired him after being cut by the Browns, but the multiple-time Pro Bowler has been a big cog for Los Angeles. He was useful during the regular season, especially in short distance situations. In the playoffs, however, his role has expanded and should be bigger if Tyler Higbee is unable to play next Sunday.
Beckham Jr. had nine catches for 113 yards against the 49ers after six catches for 69 yards against the Buccaneers. He wasn’t as targeted against the Cardinals (four catches for 59 yards and a touchdown), but with the Rams en route to Arizona, that wasn’t necessary.
In the Super Bowl, against a ball-hawking Bengals secondary, his safety and insane reach will be truly appealing to Stafford. making his over/under receptions very achievable and attractive at an added value. If Higbee doesn’t play, Stafford could turn even more to Odell for short-range play.
Take: On Odell Beckham Jr. 5½ Receptions (+110)
Chase likely to reach Paydirt
While Ja’Marr Chase is rightly Joe Burrow’s favorite target, the same isn’t necessarily true in the end zone. In the AFC Championship Game, Chase scored for the first time since Week 17. He had 13 touchdowns in the regular season, but was a volatile scorer. He had touchdowns in the first three weeks of the season and then only in six games the rest of the way.
Still, in the Super Bowl, look for Chase to get at least one score. He had six or more targets in Cincinnati’s three playoff games, and he proved to beat defenses either over the top or by breaking/missing tackles to turn a shorter pass into a long touchdown. Burrow will target him early and often, especially if the Rams take an early lead, so getting Chase roughly even to score is really good value.
Take: Ja’Marr Chase Anytime TD Marker (-110)