The NFL Championship is ready to be decided during Super Bowl 56 on Sunday, February 13. The Los Angeles Rams will play the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium.
Ironically, as the NFC representative, the Rams are the visiting team in their home stadium.
We surveyed our NFL writers to get their predictions for Super Bowl winner, Super Bowl final score and Super Bowl 56 MVP.
Read about our staff’s Super Bowl 56 predictions and best bet picks.
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Here’s the list of our staff’s Super Bowl 56 predictions:
Super Bowl Predictions 2022
|SB 56 Picks||Winner||Score||MVP|
|Frank Ammirante||Rams||27-17||Aaron Donald|
|Gio Annatelli||Bengals||40-38||Joe Burrow|
|John Arlia||Rams||23-20||Matthew Stafford|
|Paul Bourdett||Bengals||34-14||Joe Burrow|
|Skyler Carlin||Rams||31-24||Cooper Kupp|
|Anthony Cervino||Bengals||27-24||Joe Burrow|
|Garrett Chorpenning||Bengals||24-20||Joe Burrow|
|Kevin Davis||Rams||28-21||Cooper Kupp|
|Jake Ellenbogen||Rams||30-27||Matthew Stafford|
|Scott Engel||Rams||34-24||Aaron Donald|
|Nate Hamilton||Rams||34-27||Matthew Stafford|
|Tim Heaney||Rams||27-23||Von Miller|
|Richard Janvrin||Bengals||27-24||Joe Burrow|
|Adam Kramer||Bengals||31-28||Joe Burrow|
|Tyler Maher||Rams||24-17||Matthew Stafford|
|Kev Mahserejian||Rams||30-24||Aaron Donald|
|Marcus Mosher||Rams||31-21||Aaron Donald|
|Pat Pickens||Rams||34-20||Aaron Donald|
|Josh Shepardson||Rams||24-21||Cooper Kupp|
|Mike Thomsen||Bengals||31-28||Joe Burrow|
|Chris Wassel||Rams||31-24||Matthew Stafford|
|Michael Waterloo||Bengals||24-19||Joe Burrow|
Super Bowl 56 Winner Predictions Tally
Rams 14, Bengals 8
Super Bowl Score Predictions 2022
We have 22 final score predictions, which when averaged, gives us a 2.2-point margin of victory. One interesting takeaway is that many Super Bowl spreads have the Bengals at +4.5, so there could be some value here.
Average Finals Score: Rams 27.4, Bengals 24.9
Why The Rams Will Win Super Bowl 56
This is just a really bad matchup for the Bengals for a variety of reasons.
Aaron Donald could wreck this game by himself, but he will have help with Leonard Floyd and Von Miller on the outside. The Rams should be able to create constant pressure on Joe Burrow, even without blitzing.
They also have Jalen Ramsey at cornerback, who could follow rookie phenom Ja’Marr Chase around the field. Burrow will need to play nearly a perfect game for the Bengals to have a shot to win, and even then, it might not be enough.
Take the Rams to win and for Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford to get their first Super Bowl win. —MARCUS MOSHER
Rams vs Bengals Best Bet: Rams -4 (-110) at Caesars
- This may seem biased since I’m a Rams fan but they have the better defense and similar enough offense while playing at home. Points will be scored by all means. This game will look a lot different than the Rams’ last Super Bowl appearance. —KEV MAHSEREJIAN
- The Rams defensive front will prove to be too difficult for Cincinnati to handle. Joe Burrow will be rattled more than he was in the AFC playoffs. There will be no big comeback for the Bengals this time. Defense will be the difference, and the Rams will lead from wire to wire. —SCOTT ENGEL
- The Rams come into this showdown with the Bengals having an obvious edge in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Cincinnati’s offensive line allowed 55 sacks (3rd most in the NFL) during the regular season and nine sacks in the divisional round of the playoffs. Besides the clear mismatch in the trenches, Stafford will deliver a performance that shows exactly why the Rams made an aggressive push to acquire him last January. —SKYLER CARLIN
- The Rams are the more experienced team and should have a major matchup advantage with Von Miller, Aaron Donald, and Leonard Floyd going up against a mediocre Bengals offensive line. I don’t like picking against Joe Burrow and I don’t think home-field advantage will count for much, but Los Angeles is the play here. —JOHN ARLIA
- The Los Angeles Rams should be able to win this de facto home game. Their pass-rush, led by Aaron Donald and Von Miller, will prove to be too formidable for the Bengals’ pass protection. —FRANK AMMIRANTE
- The Rams defense is such a mismatch for the Bengals’ struggling offensive line. I expect the lack of production out of the Bengals’ O-line to finally catch up to them and be the deciding factor in this game. Both sides will put up points, but the Rams defense will come through in the end and be the difference-maker. —NATE HAMILTON
- The Rams are the NFL’s equivalent of a superteam. They have come way too far to be tripped up by the Bengals. —PAT PICKENS
- It’s difficult picking against Joe Burrow. Unfortunately, while I typically lean toward the better quarterback and view Burrow as such, the O-line vs D-line matchup is nightmarish for the Bengals. Though mistakes pop up, Matthew Stafford has played high-level football, and Cincinnati’s pass-protection struggles make me think this will be a defensive struggle. –JOSH SHEPARDSON
- Not only is Los Angeles a better team than Cincinnati, but they also have home-field advantage. It should be a close game, but my simulations project the Rams winning most of the time by a touchdown. —KEVIN DAVIS
- The Rams will do a nice job of putting pressure on Burrow and forcing him into one mistake to seal it. The winner will be the team that plays the most complementary football in all three phases, I believe that has been the Rams all year and will be them in the biggest moment. The Bengals are an incredible team, but the Cinderella run will end. –JAKE ELLENBOGEN
- The Rams have a better defense, better coaching, and the advantage of playing in their home stadium. The Bengals will keep it close, but the Rams ultimately win by a touchdown. —TYLER MAHER
- My colleagues have harped on my main point of contention: The trench matchup leans heavily in favor of the Rams, and if the Rams can work the run game with Cam Akers and Sony Michel, they’ll keep Burrow and co. off the field enough to control the pace. —TIM HEANEY
Why The Bengals Will Win Super Bowl 56
The Bengals are hot and are playing with confidence.
They defeated the Raiders on Wild Card Weekend, which we all expected. However, to go into the No. 1 seed and knock off the Titans, then going into Arrowhead to upset the Chiefs on Championship Weekend — can not be ignored.
The Bengals believe they can beat anyone, any time, and overcome any obstacle. They will ride the wave into Super Bowl 56 and defeat the Rams. It won’t be easy. It will take a Matthew Stafford meltdown, which we will get to later, to make it happen.
The fact that Joe Burrow is more battle-tested than Stafford will help here too — Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase won the National Championship two years ago. Stafford just won his first postseason game a few weeks ago. —ANTHONY CERVINO
Rams vs Bengals Best Bet: Bengals Moneyline (+170) at Caesars
- It’s not just Joe Burrow. It’s Joe Mixon. It’s Ja’Marr Chase. It’s the defense. As long as the offensive line can hold up just enough, I believe the quarterback can carry this team all the way there. —ADAM KRAMER
- The AFC has been the superior conference all season long and the Bengals are simply more battle-tested. Plus, after watching Cincy hold Patrick Mahomes & Co. to three points over the final 45-plus minutes in the AFC Championship Game, I just can’t see the Rams hanging with them. Don’t confuse a SoFi Super Bowl as a Rams home game, either. With the lowest ticket price clocking in at $6K, most people in the stands won’t even be die-hard football fans, much less Rams fans. -PAUL BOURDETT
- The combo of Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Mixon will help complete the magical run. The Rams get out to an early 9-3 start, but the Bengals will pull ahead in the second half with the Burrow-Chase combo. Rams get out to an early 9-3 start, but the Bengals pull ahead in the second half with the Burrow-Chase combo. —MICHAEL WATERLOO
- Other than the Wild Card Round, this team has been an underdog in every game since. That’s right—I’m riding with the Bengals here. With tight end C.J. Uzomah questionable to play, this might force the Bengals to put in another tight end as a sixth offensive lineman — to their advantage in order to protect their franchise QB. Burrow is set to play terrifically yet again. —RICHARD JANVRIN
- The Bengals are outmatched here, but that hasn’t been an issue for them in each of the last two rounds. I like them to pull off the upset. —GARRETT CHORPENNING
- This is Cincinnati’s first trip to the Super Bowl since 1988, and I don’t think they’ll be leaving without the Lombardi Trophy. It’s no easy task beating the top two teams in the AFC, yet here the Bengals are. In Year 2, Joe Burrow has fully turned this franchise around and will cap it off with a Super Bowl victory. —GIO ANNATELLI