The Cincinnati Bengals will attempt to win the franchise's first Lombardi Trophy when they take on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 56 on Sunday, February 13. They enter this highly-anticipated matchup as 4.5-point underdogs, but there are a couple of reasons to back an upset victory.
With that being said, here are three stats that prove the Bengals will beat the Rams in Super Bowl 56.
Cincinnati Bengals Stats
1. Bengals Own a 7-2 Turnover Margin in the 2021 Playoffs
Cincinnati's defense has stepped up throughout this unlikely playoff run, giving up an average of 19.7 points per game across three contests. More importantly, the Bengals have won the turnover battle in each of those games. They have racked up 7 takeaways and only turned the ball over twice. Meanwhile, the Rams have an even turnover margin during the postseason and lost a whopping four fumbles in the Divisional Round. The team that has had less turnovers in the Super Bowl has ended up winning the game 49 of the previous 55 times. Look for ballhawks like Jessie Bates III to make a game-changing play at some point.
2. Cincinnati Averages 11.2 Yards Per Completion
Everyone loves the narrative of Cincinnati being the "Team of Destiny" in this year's NFL Playoffs. When it comes down to it, this is a scary, high-powered offensive team, though. Quarterback Joe Burrow has been playing out of his mind over the second half of the season and finished they year averaging 11.2 yards per completion. That was the third-highest mark in the league. Of course, the efforts of wide receivers Tee Higgins, Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd cannot be overlooked here. The trio combined to average 15.2 yards per reception in 2021. The Rams have their work cut for them if they plan to shut down this explosive passing attack, as it only takes one defensive miscue for these Bengals receivers to completely change the game.
3. Team With Better Record in 1-11 Straight Up in Last 12 Super Bowls
This one's rather simple. The team with the better win-loss record in the regular season is 1-11 straight up in the last 12 Super Bowl between teams with uneven records. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off the upset in last year's big game and so did the Kansas City Chiefs in the year before. Well, the Bengals went 10-7 in the regular season, while the Rams went 12-5. Cincinnati has played down to the wire in every playoff game and shown an ability to fight through adversity at every turn. The Bengals have a real shot to keep this streak going.
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