First Drive Result in Super Bowl 56 Prop Bet for Bengals vs Rams (Analysis, Prediction & Pick)

Adam Taylor McKillop
Analysis, prediction & pick for the first drive result in Super Bowl 56 between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams.
Analysis, prediction & pick for the first drive result in Super Bowl 56 between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams. / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages
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Updated (Sunday, Feb. 13, 12:15 p.m. EST): Official odds for these props were updated from FanDuel Sportsbook.

The possibilities are almost endless on what you can bet on during Super Bowl 56 between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams. Anything ranging from traditional player props to whether or not the opening kickoff will be a touchback can all be found on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Bengals vs Rams Super Bowl Prop Bets

One of the most fun bets available is wagering on the result of the first drive. Let's break down the odds and give a pick for this prop heading into Bengals-Rams Super Bowl LVI.

First Drive Result Super Bowl Prop Bet

FanDuel Sportsbook gives four simple options for this bet.

Punt: -135
Offensive Touchdown: +320
Field Goal Attempt: +440
Any Other Result: +650

First Drive Result Super Bowl Prop Bet History

There's no overlooking the recent trend of punts being the first drive result in the Super Bowl. Dating back to 2000, there have been 13 first drives that ended up with a punt. Only one touchdown was scored on an opening drive, and that came thanks to Devin Hester's opening kickoff return back in Super Bowl XLI (2007).

The other eight first drives resulted in four field goal attempts and four "other" results, mainly turnovers by the offense.

First Drive Result Super Bowl Prop Bet Prediction & Pick

Targeting a punt is clearly the safest bet in this situation. We'll dive into the Bengals and Rams trends this season to back that up. Each team has played 20 respective games until this point of the season. Of those 40 combined first drives, the teams have punted 19 different times. A field goal attempt ranks second on this list, occurring in 10 of the 40 first drives.

The touchdown is the third most-likely option according to Bengals/Rams trends, happening in seven of these first drives, while "other" results happened four times. Interestingly enough, the Rams outpace Cincinnati in opening scores, putting up four of the seven combined TDs and seven of the 10 combined field goal attempts.

Sean McVay and his Rams offense likes to get off to quick starts, but it's hard to ignore the longer trends on this prop bet. You may want to play this one safe and go with the first drive resulting in a punt, but the -125 odds aren't worth the potential payout.

The field goal attempt odds at +440 are very enticing. Considering a field goal attempt happened in a fourth of the teams' combined opening drives, that's some serious value for a prop bet. Don't expect the quick TD (+330), but lay out some money on points going through those uprights.

First Drive Result Super Bowl Prop Best Bet

First Drive Result: Field Goal Attempt +440


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Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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