Super Bowl 56: Early pick, score prediction for Bengals vs. Rams

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What to expect from Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 56

Much like the Bengals, we mostly know what to expect from the Rams. Stafford is going to air it out at every opportunity, with some Cam Akers sprinkled in to spice it up. There are, however, a couple of wild cards that could swing this one way or another.

The first wild card is, as it so happens, Stafford. Yes, he’s a terrific quarterback who doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his many underwhelming years in Detroit. However, as we’ve seen at times this season, he can also get a bit sloppy with his ball security. It’s the Super Bowl — excessive turnovers will be a death sentence.

Can Stafford avoid making costly turnovers that take points away from the Rams and give them to the Bengals? For Los Angeles’ sake, let’s hope so.

The other wild card is the Rams’ defensive front. They were among the best units in the NFL this year at getting after the passer, finishing third in the league with 50 sacks. That’s what happens when you’ve got talent like Aaron Donald, Von Miller, and Leonard Floyd hunting quarterbacks. They’ll need to take advantage of the Bengals’ uneven offensive line and make Burrow uncomfortable if they want to keep the Cincinnati offense in check.

If Stafford gets jumpy and the defense can’t keep Burrow on his heels, it could be another disappointing Super Bowl appearance for the Rams. However, if the veteran gunslinger comes to play and the pass rush gets home often, Los Angeles should be taking home the Lombardi Trophy.