3 Key Matchups That Will Decide Rams vs Bengals Super Bowl 56

Larry Rupp
Three key matchups that will decide Super Bowl 56 between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.
Three key matchups that will decide Super Bowl 56 between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals. / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams meet in Super Bowl 56 in a matchup between two teams that are surely motivated to bring home the Lombardi Trophy. The Rams enter as 4-point home favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and this game could easily come down to the wire.

With that being said, here are three key matchups that will decide the Rams vs Bengals Super Bowl 56 matchup.

Super Bowl Matchups

1. Bengals Offensive Line vs. Rams Defensive Line

It seems like every media and news outlet is talking about how the Rams have a major advantage facing this Bengals' offensive line. It's true, though. Cincinnati has been unable to protect Joe Burrow at all this season and gave up 9 sacks during the Divisional Round alone. Meanwhile, the Rams finished the regular season with the third-most sacks in the NFL (50.0) and have Aaron Donald playing some of the best football of his career. Pairing him up with veteran Von Miller has worked wonders for head coach Sean McVay's team. Whichever side of the line gets the job done when Cincinnati is on offense will make a huge impact on the ending result.

2. Cooper Kupp vs. Bengals Secondary

When the Rams are on offense, all eyes should to looking toward All-Pro wideout Cooper Kupp. The 28-year-old was unstoppable in 2021, racking up a league-high 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns on 145 receptions. It'll be interesting to see how the Bengals decide to cover him given they allowed the seventh-most passing yards per game in the NFL during the regular season (247.7). Cincinnati could opt to double the speedy pass-catcher, but that may leave Odell Beckham Jr. and Van Jefferson wide open for quarterback Matthew Stafford. One thing is for sure and that is the Bengals cannot let Kupp single-handedly beat them with long plays down the field.

3. Sean McVay vs Zac Taylor

Sean McVay and Zac Taylor are two of the youngest head coaches in the NFL, but they're now also two of the more highly regarded. Super Bowl 56 pits them against each other in a game that could very well be decided by both the coaching and play calling. While McVay is heralded for his creative offensive mind, he's surely had some head-scratching moves in the play calling department over the years. Taylor is credited with turning Joe Burrow into the successful QB he is today and building the perfect offense around him. Super Bowl 56 will not only be about which coach put together a better game plan, but also about which one of them can make the best in-game adjustments when things don't work out their way.

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