3. Great pass-catchers everywhere
The pass catchers on both the Bengals and Rams are going to have an enormous say in who wins this game. For the Bengals, Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins were mostly viewed as young players attempting to find their way in the league but at this point, we no longer want to hear that.
Chase and Higgins are studs. Chase became the first rookie receiver to record multiple games of at least 100 yards in a postseason run. His 255 yards so far through three games is also a rookie record. Of course, he’ll get the most difficult matchup of his young career in the Super Bowl, a date with cornerback Jalen Ramsey. If Chase is summarily shut down, Tee Higgins can pick up the slack. After forgetting that they had a playoff game against the Las Vegas Raiders in Wild Card Game, recording only one catch for 10 yards, Higgins has been on fire.
In the divisional round, he registered seven catches for 96 yards and followed that up with six catches against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game for 103 yards. Tight end C.J. Uzomah has been great as well but his playing status is still up in the air thanks to a knee injury.
The Bengals have stars all over the field but the Rams are simply on another level. Cooper Kupp is currently leading all postseason receivers with 386 yards. His trusty sidekick, Odell Beckham Jr., isn’t too far behind him, checking in at sixth with 236 yards. Beckham Jr. in particular has really found his rhythm. He recently racked up a career playoff-high of 113 yards against the San Francisco 49ers. He’s officially put to bed any notion that he’s no longer a top-tier player.
The Rams have such a stacked receiving core that we completely forgot to mention Van Jefferson. After all, he did pile up 802 receiving yards this past season.
In a few more years, we’re fairly confident that the Bengals will have the best receiving core in the entire league by far. But for now, there’s simply no way we can take them over the Rams.