Super Bowl 2022 Picks: Our Staff's Best Bets for Super Bowl LVI

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Super Bowl 2022 Picks: Our Staff's Best Bets for Super Bowl LVI

The biggest gambling day of the year is here! It's time for Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. This matchup should be a fun one as it features a young, up-and-coming Bengals team led by Joe Burrow and an older more veteran Rams team.

The storylines are tremendous for this one and there's a ton of ways to get in on the action. Maybe it's an against the spread play, a player prop, or even a bet on halftime that tickles your fancy.

Here are our staff's favorite bets for the Super Bowl:

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Opening Kickoff to be a Touchback? - No (-110) (Bet $110 to win $100)

What if I told you I had a prop that has hit in 26 of the last 28 Super Bowls? How about if I told you that prop hitting at 93 percent is listed at -110? You'd be jumping for joy, just like I was when I found this bet. The last time the opening kickoff wasn't returned was in the Falcons vs Patriots Super Bowl. It's on a four-year run and even with the new set of kickoff rules, it's practically foolproof. The NFL doesn't allow the ball that is used for the opening kickoff to be handled before the game so it's not broken in properly, it's going to be much harder to kick. Am I nervous that I found this bet on TikTok and am riding? Perhaps, but start your night off with a fun one in Super Bowl LVI.

-- Matt O'Leary (@MattOLearyNY)

Van Jefferson Longest Reception Over 17.5 (-110) (Bet $110 to Win $100)

Here we go! I know you're disappointed the touchdown guy's best bet isn't a touchdown pick. You can see my anytime touchdown picks for the Super Bowl by clicking here. This is just one of the many props I'm on for the Super Bowl. Van can be known as the forgotten man in the Rams offense right now. Van has taken a back seat to Kupp and Odell Beckham since he arrived with the Rams. He's been consistent though and consistency is key. He's been banged up during the playoffs but with two weeks of rest, reports suggest he is back to 100 percent. I love this pick because the Bengals were extremely vulnerable to deep passes this season.

The Bengals allowed 65 pass plays of 20+ yards in the regular season, good for third-most in the NFL! The Bengals also let up multiple receptions of 30+ yards in each of their last two playoff games. Titans WR AJ Brown had two 30+ yard catches in the 2nd half alone against the Bengals. In the AFC Championship, the Bengals conceded a reception of 30+ to each of Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman! Stafford has been excellent with deep passes in the playoffs. His deep passer rating is 134.5 in the playoffs compared to 91.5 in the regular season. When the Rams dial-up deep play-action throws for Stafford look for Van to be on the receiving end of a few of those throws. Van has topped this in 13 of the last 15 and in 16 of 20 games in total so far. That's an 80 percent clip! Kupp and OBJ will draw plenty of attention from the Bengals secondary leaving our man Van to take advantage and cash this with one explosive play for us! Best of luck if you tail!

-- Tom Viera (@Tom_Viera)

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Cam Akers Under 60.5 Rushing Yards (+100) (Bet $100 to win $100)

Cam Akers has struggled this postseason. In three playoff games, Akers has a combined 151 rush yards on 54 rushes (2.8 YPC). He has 2 lost fumbles; each could have ended the Rams’ season. Akers hasn’t topped 55 rushing yards in the postseason and hasn’t scored a single touchdown.

The Rams get Darrell Henderson Jr. back for the Super Bowl. He has been the Rams' most effective running back this season. He led the Rams backfield in yards per carry, rushing touchdowns, receiving yards, & receiving touchdowns in just 12 games played. This includes the three playoff games Henderson missed. He gives life back to the Rams rushing attack, something they’ve lacked this postseason. I expect Cam Akers to play an even smaller role with Henderson back in the mix.

-- Nate Hamilton (@DomiNateFF)

Cam Akers under 64.5 rushing yards

Cam hasn't hit this number all year long, in one regular season game and four playoff games. His high for the year is just 55 yards in 17 rushing attempts against the Cardinals in their Wild Card match-up. That game was a blowout, which changed the game script for the Rams to lean on the run more heavily in the second half. In the Super Bowl, Coach McVay will most likely ride the hot hand. I believe Cam Akers, Sony Michel, and Darrell Henderson who is returning from injury will all get carries. For these reasons, give me the under on Akers yards.

-- Albert Nguyen (@AnalyticsCapper)

Bengals O1.5 FG’s -110 (Bet $110 to win $100)

While it might look easy, going 3-3 from 50+ in the playoffs, 12-12 on field goals, and only missing two extra points on 52 attempts during the season may just seem like your run of the mill kicker stuff, it's actually really freaking impressive. Money Mac is single-handedly making kickers cool, 100% success rate in the playoffs, 100% accuracy on 16 kicks in the playoffs, Evan McPherson was built for playoff football, sign me up. It may not be the most fun bet to make in the Super Bowl, but value is value (even with a kicker).

-- Stuart Durst (@MonotoneFootbal)

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Joe Mixon first rush Under 3.5 Yards (-130) (Bet $130 to win $100)

Joe Mixon had a career year for Cincinnati this season, posting career bests 1,205 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in 2021. However, he hasn’t been the most efficient runner, especially to start games.

Including the postseason, Mixon has appeared in 19 games. His first rush attempt has gone for less than 3.5 yards in 13 of 19 games. He has first carries of 3, 1, and 3 yards in Cincy’s three playoff games. And, his median first carry this season is just 2 yards. He’s even remained under 2.5 yards on 11 of his 19 first carries.

Cincinnati’s top back also has to face an elite Rams front, which won’t make matters any easier to start the game. The Rams have been a top-five run defense in the NFL since the halfway point of the season, and have gotten even better in the playoffs. It could be a rough go for Joe on Sunday.

-- Gray Gutfreund (@propbetguru)

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