Super Bowl

Super Bowl Spread: Why Bengals Will Cover Against Rams (Updated)

Larry Rupp
A look at why the Cincinnati Bengals will cover the spread against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 56.
A look at why the Cincinnati Bengals will cover the spread against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 56. / Andy Lyons/GettyImages

Updated (Sunday, Feb. 13, 1:32 p.m. EST): Official odds for Super Bowl 56 were updated from FanDuel Sportsbook. The spread has shifted to 4.5 points in favor of Los Angeles.

The Cincinnati Bengals have been an underdog in each of the last two playoff games, yet it hasn't mattered. No only did they cover the spread, but the Bengals took down the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the AFC Conference on their way to their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1988 NFL season.

Cincinnati finds itself in a very familiar situation once again. Head coach Zac Taylor's team heads into Sunday night slated as 4-point underdogs against the Los Angeles Rams, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. There is a lot to like about their chances of pulling off another upset, though.

Super Bowl Spread

If the last ten Super Bowl matchups prove anything, it is that the underdog can never be counted out. The favorite has failed to cover the spread in seven of the last ten big games. In fact, only two teams have covered as 4-point favorites or more since 2000 and have posted a 2-10-1 record against the spread (ATS).

The Bengals have been making their backers a ton of money this season. Overall, Cincinnati is 13-7 ATS and have covered the spread in each of their last seven games. Meanwhile, the Rams are 10-10 ATS on the year and 5-5 ATS when playing at home. That shouldn't spark much confidence for bettors looking to trust LA.

Bengals vs Rams Spread

This game is full of mismatches, but one sticks out amongst the rest. Los Angeles' secondary is going to have no answers to stopping Cincinnati's elite receiving core outside of All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd should have a field day going up against players like Darius Williams and Nick Scott.

This game should come down to the wire and grabbing 4 points on the spread means that all Cincinnati has to do is keep the game within a field goal. After all, the Bengals haven't lost by more than three with Burrow at the helm since Week 9. Back them to increase the cover streak to eight.

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