Bengals underdogs vs. Rams on early Super Bowl 56 odds

NFL insider Peter King joins Follow the Money to discuss how rookie kicker Evan McPherson has played a big part in getting the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl and how the Bengals were able to slow down the Chiefs offence in the AFC championship.

After pulling off an upset in the AFC Championship Game as underdogs the Cincinnati Bengals will be looking to do it again when they take on the Los Angeles Rams as opening four-point underdogs on the Super Bowl 56 odds at sportsbooks monitored by

Joe Burrow and the Bengals came back from a 21-10 halftime deficit in the AFC Championship Game to knock off the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in overtime on a 31-yard Evan McPherson field goal. The Bengals were set as seven-point underdogs in that contest, after also beating the Tennessee Titans the previous week as four-point underdogs at sportsbooks.

Burrow completed 23 of his 38 pass attempts against the Chiefs for 250 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Ja'Marr Chase and Samaje Perine each had touchdown catches in the victory, with Tee Higgins making six catches for 103 yards, and Joe Mixon rushing for 88 yards on 21 carries. McPherson booted four field goals in the contest.

The Bengals head into Super Bowl 56 with six victories in their last seven games, going a perfect 7-0 against the spread during that stretch. The Rams, meanwhile, are riding an 8-1 run (6-3 ATS) as they head into the NFL's championship game as opening betting favourites.

And with Super Bowl 56 set for the Rams' home field of SoFi Stadium they'll be looking for a second straight win at the venue after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 as 3.5-point betting chalk in the NFC Championship Game last week. The Rams also trailed at halftime in their conference title game, coming back from a 10-7 deficit to punch their Super Bowl ticket.

Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford went 31 of 45 for 337 yards in his team's win over San Francisco, with two touchdown passes and one interception. Cooper Kupp put up big numbers for the Rams with 142 yards on 11 catches with two touchdowns. Odell Beckham Jr. had nine catches for 113 yards on the day, and Matt Gay had two fourth-quarter field goals.

The Bengals and the Rams last faced each other back in October 2019, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, with Los Angeles winning 24-10 at home as a 12-point betting favourite. Overall the Bengals and Rams have split their last 10 meetings 5-5 dating all the way back to 1984, with Cincinnati just 3-6-1 ATS over that stretch. The OVER/UNDER went just 2-8 in those contests for totals bettors; the Super Bowl 56 O/U opened at 49.5 points.

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