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Super Bowl LVI: Best Prop Bets for Rams vs. Bengals

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

Win or lose, Cinncinati running back Joe Mixon should put up decent numbers in Super Bowl LVI, both as a runner and receiver.

Super Sunday is rapidly approaching which means the end of the NFL season and one last chance to dip into the prop market. There are a couple of things to consider when looking at wagering for Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.

First off, it is just another game that is played on a grander scale and has a few more prop options. Don't waste a ton of your bankroll on this one game, but do have fun with it because you worked hard to make some profits. The biggest piece of advice I can give though is for you to have an idea of how you think the game is going to play out before you look at all the betting options. Don't let potential prices influence you without knowing how you think the game is going to go.

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Finally, make sure to shop around because each book has different prices, different yardage amounts, and different options on wagers. With that, let's take a quick look at how I think the game will go.

Super Bowl LVI Prediction: Rams 27-23, MVP: Von Miller

For the longest time, I knew the score was going to be 27-23, but it wasn't until later that I settled on the Rams. The Bengals have been a great story all season long and you know Joe Burrow is going to keep them in it, but in the end, I think the Rams' stars shine on the biggest stage. It's too easy to take Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford to be MVP so I'm going to go with the long shot Von Miller who has already gotten a Super Bowl MVP before. The Bengals' leaky offensive line wasn't really tested by Kansas City, but I think the Rams pop through for a couple of sacks. If Miller can get two or more of them and maybe force a fumble that he returns for a touchdown, I think he can win. If you choose to play this though, play it for a quarter of a unit, because obviously this award slants to the offense. Super Bowl LVI Plays: Bengals +4.5 alternate line and the Over

Favorite Super Bowl LVI Prop Bets

As mentioned above some of these are based on how I think the game will go and some of it is price-based.

Joe Mixon Over 25.5 receiving yards (-115)

  • Mixon has gone over this number in five straight games as he continues to be a dump-off for Joe Burrow when the rush is coming.
  • During the playoffs, Elijah Mitchell (50 yds), Leonard Fournette (56), and Enos Benjamin (26) all went over this total vs. the Rams.
  • During the regular season, nine different RBs went over this number.

Yes, both teams to make a field goal over 33 yards (-110)

  • Evan McPherson has made 12 FGs over 50 yards this season and he's going to be inside where he should be able to bomb away.
  • I'm not even really factoring Matt Gay into the equation, but he's shown he can make long FGs too.
  • The Rams are allowing 1.7 FGs per game this season while the Bengals are allowing 1.5.
  • Half of the Rams games have seen FGs made over this number as well as half of the Bengals games have gone over this number too.

Under 4.5 Kickoff Returns (-110) (Touchbacks and kicks out of bounds do not count against number)

  • The Rams have played 14 indoor games this season and 13 of them have had under 4.5 returns.
  • Matt Gay has had touchbacks on 72.1 percent of his kicks indoors and 63.7 percent of them overall.
  • The Bengals have played indoor just twice and both games went over this number.
  • Evan McPherson has had touchbacks on half of his indoor kicks and 63.9 percent of them overall.
  • Since I think the Rams may score more in this one, I'll back this number and hope Gay has more touchbacks.

Total Players with a rush attempt Under 8 (-115)

  • The Rams could have four with Cam Akers, Sony Michel, Darrell Henderson Jr., Cam Akers and Matthew Stafford. 
  • The Bengals will definitely have at least two in Joe Mixon and Joe Burrow. 
  • This means you need two of these players to rush to push and three to lose from a group of Samaje Perine, Van Jefferson, Cooper Kupp, Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd who also have had postseason rushes. I just don't see it. 

Over 2.5 Players to Throw a Pass (+110)

  • Wide receivers Tyler Boyd and Cooper Kupp, and punter Johnny Hekker all threw passes during the regular season for their teams.
  • Odell Beckham Jr. threw a pass for the Rams in the postseason and you know Sean McVay has some creative plays set up for this.
  • Hunch play that I like at a plus price. If it's -105 or worse, then don't take it. 

Cam Akers Under 16.5 rushes (-125)

  • Akers has had 13, 24 and 17 rushing attempts so far in the playoffs, but is averaging only 2.8 yards per carry.
  • Sean McVay has said that he will be using both Sony Michel and Darrell Henderson Jr, who should be good to go after coming off of injured reserve, in the backfield as well.
  • Throughout the season, there's been a hot-hand approach to running back so I'm hoping that Michel or Henderson lead the way or Akers continues to underwhelm.

Underdog Touchdown Scorer: Kendall Blanton (+230 to score, +1600 to score 1st)

  • I'd lock this price in early, because if they announce Tyler Higbee can't play, then the price won't be as good.
  • Travis Kelce and Darren Waller had a combined 17 receptions vs. the Bengals in the postseason so we know the TE should be busy.

— Written by Matt Josephs, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @MidMajorMatt.