We're slowly inching toward the kickoff of Super Bowl LVI between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams. The two-week lead up to the game has given bettors plenty of time to analyze the matchup and make their bets on FanDuel Sportsbook.
If you've decided to back the Rams, and you're looking to juice up the potential payout, a parlay is probably the way to go. Here's a parlay to consider if you like L.A. this week.
Rams Super Bowl 56 Same-Game Parlay on FanDuel
With all the flexibility offered by FanDuel's Same-Game Parlay builder, I'm going to start with just a couple of bets and add on additional legs for bigger payouts.
So let's start things simply for a Rams win:
Leg One: Rams Moneyline (-198)
Leg Two: 1st Half Spread — Rams -2.5 (-120)
Payout (two legs): $10 wins $10.71 (+107)
This isn't a huge payout, but it is a nice way to get plus odds on the Rams winning if you don't want to lay all the juice on that moneyline.
The Rams have been fast starters in the postseason, outscoring their opponents 17-3 in the first quarter (and coming incredibly close to 24-3, as The Duel's Max Staley highlighted). The Bengals have also been slow starters, and have leaned on the run early in games. If you expect the Rams to win, it's certainly not a stretch to also expect them to have control at half time.
Leg Three: Tyler Boyd Over 39.5 Receiving Yards (-114)
Payout (three legs): $10 wins $27.53 (+275)
So now that we have the Rams playing with a lead, we can expect this to be a game script that forces the Bengals to be pass-happy.
Joe Burrow was sacked an NFL-high 51 times in the regular season and has added 12 more in the postseason. Against the Rams' elite pass rush, going pass-happy is going to have to include a ton of short passes.
That's good news for Tyler Boyd, who tends to work underneath more than Cincy's other top wideouts (7.7-yard average depth of target is the lowest among Bengals' wide receivers, compared to 12.6 for Ja'Marr Chase and 12.1 for Tee Higgins). Boyd hasn't hit 40 yards in any of his three playoff games, but he did reach that mark in six of his final eight in the regular season, and this puts him in a great spot to do it again.
Leg Four: Joe Mixon Under 63.5 Rushing Yards (-115)
Payout (four legs): $10 wins $43.54 (+435)
Joe Mixon has averaged over 63.5 rushing yards per game this season (73.4 in regular season and playoffs combined), but remember we're looking at a scenario in which the Bengals lose, and are trailing for much of the game.
Mixon averaged just 51.8 rushing yards per game in Bengals losses this season, going under 63.5 in four of the six, and only barely clearing it with 64 and 69 yards in the other two.
Leg Five: Van Jefferson Under 33.5 Receiving Yards (-110)
Payout (five legs): $10 wins 84.95 (+849)
Odell Beckham's emergence in the Rams' offense really started to ramp up in Week 16 and 17, when he played over 90% of the team's offensive snaps in back-to-back games for the first time.
Accordingly, Van Jefferson has averaged just 29.3 receiving yards per game since Week 16, hitting the under on this prop in four of the six. He's seen just 9 targets across three playoff games, and barring a single splash play it's hard to see him getting enough volume to hit the over here unless the Rams are forced into a pass-heavy game script.
Bengals vs Rams Super Bowl Parlay
Now let's pick one more to really ramp up our payout.
Leg Six: Cooper Kupp First Touchdown Scorer (+490)
Payout (Six Legs): $10 wins $346.96 (+3469)
We're already requiring the Rams to win and take an early lead with the first two legs of our parlay, so taking a Ram to score the first touchdown obviously makes sense.
But why Cooper Kupp?
Kupp leads the NFL in red zone targets this season. He also leads the NFL in targets from inside the 10 yard line.
Sean McVay hates running near the goal line, leaving the Rams ranked second in the NFL in passing touchdowns but tied for 27th in rushing touchdowns in the regular season.
Kupp has scored the Rams' first TD in three of their last seven games, and his 0.94 touchdowns per game blow away anyone else on the team this year.
Bet $5 to win $280 on either team to win Super Bowl 56!
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