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2022 Super Bowl odds, picks, prediction: Rams vs. Bengals picks, best bets from proven expert on 29-17 run

The biggest stage in sports arrives on Sunday with the 2022 Super Bowl in Los Angeles. SoFi Stadium hosts the event this year, with the Los Angeles Rams playing in their own venue. The Rams will take on the Cincinnati Bengals, winners of the AFC, and both teams are red-hot. Los Angeles is 8-1 in the last nine games, including wins in the 2022 NFL playoffs over the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers. Cincinnati is 6-1 in the last seven games, knocking off the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs to reach Super Bowl 2022.

Kickoff for Super Bowl 56 is at 6:30 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Rams as four-point favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 48.5 in the latest Rams vs. Bengals odds. Before you make any Rams vs. Bengals bets or Super Bowl 56 predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine’s resident Rams expert, Larry Hartstein, has to say.

A former lead writer for Covers and The Linemakers, Hartstein combines a vast network of Vegas sources with an analytical approach he honed while working for Pro Football Focus. This season he has been on fire. Hartstein is 74-49-1 with his last 124 sides, for a profit of more than $1,700.

In addition, Hartstein has gone an astounding 29-17 on his last 46 NFL picks involving Los Angeles returning $966 to $100 bettors. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, Hartstein has zoned in on Rams vs. Bengals and revealed his Super Bowl 56 picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Hartstein’s Super Bowl picks. Here are the NFL odds and trends for Bengals vs. Rams:

  • Rams vs. Bengals spread: Los Angeles -4
  • Rams vs. Bengals over-under: 48.5 points 
  • Rams vs. Bengals money line: Los Angeles -190, Cincinnati +160 
  • LAR: Rams are 10-10 against the spread this season
  • CIN: Bengals are 13-7 against the spread this season

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Why the Rams can cover

 Los Angeles is elite on offense, with top-10 marks in total yards, yards per play, passing offense, and yards per pass attempt. The Rams have a bevy of pass-catchers, including Odell Beckham Jr., but the attack is based on a connection between quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Stafford was electric down the stretch in the NFC Championship Game, completing 14 of his final 17 passes for 159 yards in leading a comeback win. For the season, Stafford ranks in the top eight of the NFL in passing yards, completions, passing touchdowns, touchdown percentage, passer rating, yards per pass attempt and sack avoidance.

Kupp has been the NFL’s best wide receiver this season, leading the league in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Kupp’s dominance was consistent as well, as he finished No. 2 in yards from scrimmage with 13 different games in which he surpassed 100 receiving yards, setting an NFL record in the process.

Why the Bengals can cover 

Cincinnati’s offense is electric and efficient, headlined by star quarterback Joe Burrow. The Bengals are near the top of the league in points per game, yards per pass attempt, yards per play, turnover rate, penalty avoidance and explosive passes, and legitimate star power is a reason for that success. Over the course of his breakout campaign, Burrow generated more than 4,600 passing yards, No. 6 in the NFL, and finished No. 2 in passer rating (108.3).

Burrow generated 34 passing touchdowns during the regular season, No. 8 in the NFL, with league-leading marks in completion rate (70.4 percent) and yards per attempt (8.9). Cincinnati has a strong trio of wide receivers in Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, with Chase already performing at a superstar level. The rookie finished in the top four in receiving yards (1,455), receiving touchdowns (13) and yards per reception (18.0), putting pressure on the defense at all times.

How to make Bengals vs. Rams picks

For Super Bowl 56 matchup, Hartstein is leaning under on the point total, but he’s also discovered a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side of the Super Bowl 56 spread to back, at SportsLine.

So, who wins Rams vs. Bengals in the Super Bowl 2022? And which side of the 2022 Super Bowl spread is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Rams vs. Bengals spread you need to jump on, all from the expert who’s 29-17 on NFL picks involving Los Angeles, and find out.

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