Super Bowl 56 Opening Odds: Bengals Underdogs Vs. Rams

Written By Stephen Andress on January 30, 2022
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Super Bowl 56 opening odds will feature an absolute stunner from the AFC against the kings of the NFC West. The Rams avenged two regular season losses to the 49ers and are more than a field goal favorites in Super Bowl betting.

The Cincinnati Bengals are AFC champions and will face the Los Angeles Rams in the Rams’ home venue, SoFi Stadium, on Sunday, Feb. 13.

Opening Super Bowl Odds

Early Line Movement

Immediately after the NFC Championship game ended and Super Bowl markets opened, this line was on the move. DraftKings Sportsbook opened the Rams at -4.5, and Bengals money there bet that down within minutes. FanDuel opened with the smallest spread at LA -3.5, with BetMGM and Caesars in agreement at -4. These numbers were very close to in line with our market-driving NFL power ratings at the start of the postseason.

DK also opened the total at 50, with FanDuel, BetMGM and Caesars at 49.5

Opening Super Bowl MVP Odds

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Matthew Stafford
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-110
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+110
Joe Burrow
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+210
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+210
Cooper Kupp
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+650
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+600
Ja'Marr Chase
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+1800
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+1400
Aaron Donald
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+1800
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+2000
Odell Beckham Jr.
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+2000
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+2500
Joe Mixon
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+3500
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+2500
Cam Akers
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+4000
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+3000
Tyler Higbee
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+4000
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+10000
Tee Higgins
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+4000
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+5000
Von Miller
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+5000
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+8000
Jalen Ramsey
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+5000
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+10000
Tyler Boyd
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+5000
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+10000
Kendall Blanton
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+5000
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+10000
CJ Uzomah
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+10000
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+10000
Van Jefferson
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+10000
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+10000
Trey Hendrickson
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+10000
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+10000
Drew Sample
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+15000
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+20000
Sam Hubbard
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+15000
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+15000

Evolution of a Super Bowl Berth

The Cincinnati Bengals second comeback win in overtime against the Chiefs in a little more than a month cemented the franchise’s third Super Bowl berth but the first in more than three decades. Joe Burrow and Co. did as enormous longshots too, with only a handful of teams below Cincinnati in preseason NFL futures. In fact, the Bengals were 150-1 at BetMGM after a Week 2 loss to the Bears.

Meanwhile, the Rams were always shorter than 20-1 to win the Super Bowl before the start of the regular season. After surviving the toughest division in the conference, they capped off a Super Bowl 56 berth by beating their division rival 49ers in the NFC Championship game, despite trailing by 10 points.

The Rams have been among the second or top tier on the board all season.

Super Bowl Look-Ahead Lines

Caesars Sportsbook was the first legal online sportsbook to post Super Bowl look-ahead lines before the AFC and NFC Championship games were played.

The Bengals were installed as 3.5-point favorites against the Rams, keeping in mind Los Angeles is playing the Super Bowl in its home stadium.

The Bengals were installed as 1.5-point underdogs against the 49ers, in what is now the third game San Francisco will play this season at SoFi Stadium. The 49ers played a road regular season game against the Rams Week 18, the NFC Championship game at Los Angeles as well and now the Super Bowl.

TAKEAWAYS FROM SUPER BOWL OPENING LINES

Just before the start of the postseason, TheLines published estimated NFL market power ratings that showed a pretty wide open field of contenders.

That looks to have held true after three postseason weeks full of upsets. Even with a couple of upstarts making the Conference Championships, the only Super Bowl line projected north of a field goal had the Rams favored over the Bengals.

Additionally, a relatively high-scoring game should be on tap. There wasn’t much of a gap between the lowest Over/Under (49 — 49ers/Bengals) and the highest (52 — Rams/Chiefs).

The only potential rematch would see the 49ers and Bengals meet in LA (two previous meetings). That required both underdogs to win outright, a roughly 11% probability according to early-week market prices.

HOW TO USE AND BET OPENING SUPER BOWL LINES

Just like all of the look-ahead lines we’ve used throughout the 2021 NFL season, these Super Bowl opening odds can be a useful tool for sports bettors. They can help give you an objective look at the relative strengths of the teams before any recency bias takes hold following NFL Conference Championship games.

If you expect early Super Bowl money to skew the line, you can take advantage by betting into these markets early. You’ll get a better number than most of the public near kickoff and can feel good about some closing line value.

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Stephen Andress joined Catena Media as Managing Editor of TheLines.com in March 2021. He began his career as a sports anchor and reporter in Eugene, OR before moving to Louisville, KY. There he covered the Kentucky Derby, Sugar Bowl and three consecutive Final Fours. Stephen later won an Emmy award while working for the Indianapolis Colts. More recently, he produced content for the PGA TOUR and multiple fantasy football and sports betting websites. Nothing has excited him more in his career than seeing legalized sports betting in the United States and the opportunity to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for it. His hobbies include kicking his high school friends' butts in fantasy football, Japanese whisky and Kentucky bourbon, golf outrights and supporting RIP Medical Debt, a charity which works to wipe out medical bills for those who have been unable to cover the cost of getting sick.

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