Some of the best ways to watch the Super Bowl involve making bold predictions: Guesses of wild player stats, game events, and other happenings that make the NFL Championship Game more fun.
We’ll often see a player rise from obscurity to become a star in the Super Bowl, and sometimes top names falter under the bright lights.
Which Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals will make major news during Super Bowl 56?
See what The Game Day’s writers think will happen during the big game in our Super Bowl 56 bold predictions.
Super Bowl 56 Game Bold Predictions
Neither team will score in the first quarter.
This feels like a boring bold prediction. However, there isn’t an under-the-radar player I expect to show out in the Super Bowl. So instead, I’ll stick with my expectations of a defensive battle. The Rams and Bengals were both top-10 scoring offenses. Nevertheless, the defenses will make the sledding tough early. —JOSH SHEPARDSON
An offensive lineman will score a touchdown.
Sure, maybe it’s wishful thinking. I can’t help myself. But with so many great skill players, look for a 300-pound man to get in on the touchdown fun. —ADAM KRAMER
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The longest play of the game will come from a defender on a takeaway.
Think James Harrison 2.0: A defensive player will break the game open with a big gain the other way. — GARRETT CHORPENNING
A penalty will overturn a touchdown.
In last year’s Super Bowl, a penalty negated a Chiefs interception. On that same drive, Tom Brady scored a touchdown. In this year’s Super Bowl, the game will be affected with a similar game-changing call. —KEVIN DAVIS
A safety will be recorded.
There hasn’t been a Super Bowl safety since SB XLVIII, but both pass rushes are adept enough to make this happen against either a weak O-line (Joe Burrow) or a mistake-prone QB (Matthew Stafford). (Also consider Rams D/ST to score a touchdown.) —PAT PICKENS
Rams Super Bowl Bold Predictions
Cooper Kupp will set the Super Bowl receiving yardage record.
For a non-quarterback to win Super Bowl MVP, you need to have a special performance that leaves an imprint on the outcome of the game. Kupp is more than capable of having an ultra-productive outing that puts the cherry on top of what is truly a historic campaign. The Super Bowl record for receiving yards in a game is 215 when Jerry Rice ironically torched the secondary of the Bengals in Super Bowl 23. While I expect Odell Beckham Jr. and Van Jefferson to show up, Kupp proves he’s truly unguardable with 216+ receiving yards against Cincinnati, setting a new record for someone in the future to potentially break. —SKYLER CARLIN
The Rams set a Super Bowl record for sacks.
Burrow will still have a good game given his talent and the offense in general. However, he did lead the league in sacks this year. Burrow was under duress all game in the Divisional Round against a lesser pass rush and absorbed 9 sacks. For what it’s worth, the Super Bowl record is 7 (Broncos in 2016). —KEV MAHSEREJIAN
Matthew Stafford will suffer a meltdown.
Matthew Stafford will be pressured and menaced by the Bengals’ pass-rush. The king of pick-sixes, I like Stafford to throw two picks, one of which, going the other way for a momentum-altering touchdown. It is only a matter of time before the bad Stafford shows up as we have seen in the final weeks of the regular season. When it is all said and done, a Lion will lion. -ANTHONY CERVINO
Aaron Donald will run for a TD.
This is not something I would put a ton of money on but I would love to see happen and I genuinely think could happen. Aaron Donald has always wanted to take a handoff, he’s always wanted to score a touchdown and McVay has turned it down. I get the feeling that if the Rams are at the goal line, they may put in Donald as a fullback and just hand it off to him for the touchdown the way the Bears did with The Refrigerator back in the day. This would be a massive momentum builder if the Rams could pull this off and score a touchdown with the best player in the game. Imagine Donald going back out on the field on defense after going through that moment? —JAKE ELLENBOGEN
Aaron Donald will score a defensive TD.
Donald will have a sack and fumble for a TD. Offense has starred in the playoffs so far. Defense will win another championship. This game will confirm Donald’s status as an all-time great. Not too crazy, but a Donald TD may be unexpected. —SCOTT ENGEL & CHRIS WASSEL
Aaron Donald will record a safety.
For the first time since 2013, a safety will happen and it will be by the best player on the field: Aaron Donald. -MICHAEL WATERLOO
Van Jefferson produces over 100 receiving yards.
Cooper Kupp is a pain to opposing defenses, and the emergence of OBJ in this offense will force the Bengals’ DBs to heavily focus on these two. Naturally, this should leave Van Jefferson 1-on-1 all game leaving him to find open space to make some big plays. —NATE HAMILTON
Kendall Blanton nets 50+ receiving yards and scores.
Blanton stepped up for five catches and 57 yards in Tyler Higbee‘s absence. Blanton will keep it rolling with another 50 yards and a touchdown against a Bengals defense that is vulnerable against opposing tight ends. —FRANK AMMIRANTE
Eric Weddle will record 2+ interceptions.
Just a few weeks ago, Eric Weddle was sitting on his couch watching the end of the regular season. But then, the Rams called and asked him if he could be ready to go in a week to play the Cardinals in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. Despite not playing for two years, he’s been excellent for the Rams in the playoffs. He led them in tackles against the 49ers and is now an every-snap player. Could Weddle make a few big plays against the Bengals in the Super Bowl? Sure! So how about two interceptions against Joe Burrow? That’s bold, right? -MARCUS MOSHER
Bengals Super Bowl Bold Predictions
Joe Burrow will fail to top 200 passing yards and be sacked 10 times.
Yes, that beats the absurd total by the Titans in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. The OL-DL matchup tilts so favorably in the Rams’ direction that Burrow will remain uncomfortable for most of the game, so he won’t be able to push the ball downfield often. —TIM HEANEY
Joe Burrow commits multiple turnovers.
The usually unflappable Joe Burrow finally gets a little rattled by LA’s vicious pass rush, committing multiple turnovers for just the fifth time all season and first time in the playoffs. —TYLER MAHER
Evan McPherson will miss a field-goal attempt.
The Bengals rookie kicker has had ice in his veins this postseason, converting 12-of-12 attempts and nailing three from 50+. However, the hype has gotten a bit out of hand and this is a big stage for a 22-year-old. -JOHN ARLIA
Evan McPherson will win Super Bowl 56 MVP.
Evan McPherson has ice in his veins, calling the fact that Cincinnati will be in the AFC Championship when he trotted out to kick the game-winning field goal against the Titans. He probably said the same when he won it against the Chiefs. Nonetheless, the rookie is 12-for-12 in the playoffs, and if McPherson kicks the game-winner in this game (which I think he will), he deserves to win the Super Bowl MVP award. -GIO ANNATELLI
Bengals make miracle comeback down 24-0 to win 27-24.
Bold predictions are hard. Especially in a year where we saw so many crazy upsets happening. I’ll say—bold prediction—the Rams get out to a 24-0 lead only to squander it away and give up 27 unanswered. —RICHARD JANVRIN
C.J. Uzomah suits up and joins the onslaught with a TD.
The Rams gave up just four TDs to tight ends this season, but they also yielded 5.1 receptions and 51.6 receiving yards per game to the position this year (that works out to an 87-catch, 877-yard campaign for those counting at home).
While the Rams are busy focusing on stopping JaMarr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd (not to mention the aforementioned Joe Mixon/Samaje Perine tandem), Uzomah could very well decoy his way into the end zone. — PAUL BOURDETT
Bengals defense will torment Matthew Stafford.
Vonn Bell will snag an interception, and Sam Hubbard will drill Stafford with 2.5 sacks. Joe Burrow won’t be the only Ohio State alum to help lead the Buckeye State to the Super Bowl championship. —MIKE THOMSEN