6 Rams players who could strip Super Bowl LVI win from Bengals

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6. Cam Akers

The Rams are notorious for trading away their first-round picks so they have to make their other picks count. In the 2020 NFL Draft, they took Florida State’s Cam Akers in the second round and while his stats haven’t been flashy, what’s scary about Akers is that he has fresh legs and we know how Cincy’s defensive front has struggled when it comes to stopping the run.

Akers tore his Achilles before the season began and did not return to action until the final game of the regular season. As Bret Suter of Ramblin’ Fan mentions:

"So far in three games in the playoff, the Cincinnati Bengals have allowed an average of 127.3 yards per game. Their opponents – the Las Vegas Raiders, the Tennessee Titans, and the Kansas City Chiefs, all are among the best playoff teams in terms of rushing offenses. That is in stark contrast to their regular season averages, where only the Titans were among the Top-10 rushing offenses in the NFL. The reason? The Bengals opponents concluded that the best way to attack their team was to control the clock and keep the Bengals’ high-powered offense off the football field."

Akers himself might not be so scary, but we saw how easily the Chiefs were able to run the ball against Cincinnati in the first half of the AFC Championship game. While KC foolishly went away from running the ball, the Rams won’t make that same mistake.

Suter mentions that the easiest way to slow down the Bengals is to keep them off the field and Akers can do that for LA. He has fresh legs and he’ll be tasked with slowly wearing down the Cincy defense and making the job easier for the Rams offense.