6 bold predictions for Bengals vs. Rams in Super Bowl LVI

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The Bengals will have the ball with a chance to win in the final minutes

One thing that has defined this Bengals team in the postseason has been their ability to come out on top in close games. Most of their clutch plays toward the end of games in the playoffs have been made by the defense, but this time it will be the offense’s chance to shine in a big moment.

My boldest prediction of all is this: the Bengals will get the ball in the final minutes of the game with a chance to win the game. Down by three or four points with just a few minutes left on the clock, Joe Burrow and his young offensive weapons will have the chance to either steal the Lombardi Trophy from the Rams in their own stadium or go home empty-handed.

Burrow is built for big moments like these and would not flinch at the opportunity to lead a game-winning touchdown drive in the Super Bowl. However, the Rams have a dangerous defense and it will be a hard-fought final drive.

The stripes’ game will come down to their offensive line’s ability to protect Burrow at the end of the game, or the young quarterback’s ability to drive down the field in the face of pressure from the opposing pass rush.

If Cincinnati can score late to win the game, expect it to be a big-time throw from Burrow to one of his lethal wide receiver trio of Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd. If the Rams defense holds them, expect it to come from a clutch sack by either Aaron Donald or Von Miller.