The Cincinnati Bengals travel to California for Super Bowl LVI in a matchup with the high-powered Los Angeles Rams. The Bengals are slight underdogs per WynnBET, but that’s been no different than the last two playoff games as well.
Multiple players will have to step up for Cincinnati to win this game, but Tee Higgins is specifically bound for a big game and has a favorable matchup.
Tee Higgins is set for a massive game in Super Bowl LVI
Jalen Ramsey will more than likely be lining up against Ja’Marr Chase, which leaves the Rams to decide on who they put on Higgins along with Tyler Boyd.
The most plausible idea is that their cornerback number two, Darious Williams, will cover Higgins or double team Chase and potentially matchup Ramsey on Higgins.
If so, number 85 has an excellent opportunity to make a lot of plays with this matchup. Williams marks in at 5’9″ while Higgins is 6’4″ will make contested and jump ball catches. Having 3+ inches on Williams is an important reason why this is a game that Higgins could be the most used and targeted offensive player on the Bengals.
Against the Chiefs, Higgins was tied with Chase for six receptions. Against the Titans, he was also tied for the lead in receptions but with C.J. Uzomah.
Higgins has been getting open and is seeing the targets. He has just struggled in the red zone lately, trying to find a score. This could be a week where the corner out route jump ball is used, primarily in single coverage near the end zone.
In a six-game span this season. Higgins had 32 catches, 556 yards, and two touchdowns, and when you extrapolate that over an entire 16 game span, that is 85 catches for over 1,450 yards. He has battled injuries this year at times but still was a 1,000-yard receiver in just his second year.
Eric Weddle or Taylor Rapp getting placed on the Clemson product wouldn’t be surprising either. Still, the anticipation is that if Williams is on him, he will genuinely be the X factor in the production of the offense along with the performance of the offensive line and if Chase can still find ways to produce on Ramsey to not wholly eliminate him, which would be an arduous task for Ramsey to do.
Mike Evans had eight catches, 119 yards, and a touchdown against the Rams with Ramsey in coverage most of the time. Deebo Samuel had four catches for 72 yards and one touchdown in his NFC Championship matchup against Ramsey and the Rams as well.
So yes, Jalen Ramsey is still one of the best cornerbacks in the league and will be the most formidable opponent Chase will face this year. Still, each play will be their battle, so the rookie will win and lose some, but Chase has been one of the best wide receivers against single coverage this year.
Slot receiver Tyler Boyd shouldn’t go unnoticed either in this one. He usually flies under the radar, but if he’s left against a linebacker or safety, he could become the critical factor that Higgins will also be.
Regardless whoever steps up will need to make plays for the Bengals to outlast this Rams defense if it’s Chase, Higgins, Boyd, Mixon, or Uzomah. In addition, the offensive line and the offense will need to perform and find ways to finish drives with touchdowns over field goals.
Second-year wide receiver Tee Higgins is my candidate for a big breakout game in Super Bowl LVI.