Root: Rams defense will prove too much for Bengals in Super Bowl 56

The final game of the NFL season is Sunday when the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals face off in Super Bowl LVI. Kickoff for the big game is 6:30 p.m. ET at SoFi Stadium. Below, we look at the Rams vs. Bengals odds and lines, and make our best NFL picks, predictions and bets.

The Rams become the second team in consecutive years to play the Super Bowl on their home field. They won the NFC West with a 12-5 record in the regular season and made it to the Super Bowl beating the Arizona Cardinals, the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers.

The Bengals won the AFC North with a 10-7 record and took down the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs to make it to their third Super Bowl in franchise history. QB Joe Burrow has thrown 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in his first NFL postseason.

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Rams vs. Bengals odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Rams -200 (bet $200 to win $100) | Bengals +165 (bet $100 to win $165)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Rams -3.5 (-115) | Bengals +3.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 48.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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Rams vs. Bengals key injuries


  • TE Tyler Higbee (knee) out
  • OL Joe Noteboom (chest) out


  • TE C.J. Uzomah (knee) questionable

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Rams vs. Bengals odds, lines, predictions and picks


Rams 24, Bengals 17

Money line

The Rams were only 5-3 at home during the regular season but added two wins during the postseasons. Technically they will not be the home team in this game but will be playing in their home stadium.

The Rams defense has allowed only 274.7 yards per game in three postseason contests and 18.3 points. They were devastating against the Cardinals and against Tampa Bay until it seems they let up after a 27-3 lead.

The Bengals have played great defense as well, a good reason why they have made it this far.

But with Los Angeles DT Aaron Donald wrecking things up front and a secondary playing well, able to limit Cincinnati WR Ja’Marr Chase, I think the Rams will control this game.

Take the RAMS (-200).

Against the spread

The Rams went 10-10 ATS this season. The Bengals went 13-7 ATS.

The Bengals have covered the spread in seven straight games.

Now, each of the last eight Super Bowls have been won by 4 or more points, and only one in the last 14 has been decided by fewer points.

So, historically, it comes down to which team you think will win. I think the Rams will be able to stop the Cincinnati offense and keep them under 20 points.

Take the RAMS -3.5 (-115).


The Under is 4-0 in the Bengals’ last four games and 6-2 in the last eight.

The Rams allow an average of only 18.3 points per game this postseason and the Bengals have allowed 19.7 points per game in three postseason games.

Take UNDER 48.5 (-110).

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