Bold Super Bowl 2022 predictions: Ja’Marr Chase continues historic season, MVP winner by far

Who will win the Lombardi Trophy this season? It will be the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals that kick off Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on Sunday and it will be one of the most entertaining games we’ve seen in quite a while. These two clubs beat the odds and reached the Super Bowl as the No. 4 seeds in their respective conference, which is just the latest proof that anything can happen when you enter the playoffs of the NFL.

In the spirit of expecting the unexpected, we’ve come up with a trio of bold predictions for the big game that are worth watching – and maybe even placing a bet on.

Rams punter Johnny Hekker throws a pass

Rams All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker has a reputation as an all-around weapon for Los Angeles special teams and we expect that to be on full display in Super Bowl LVI. Hekker attempting a pass on a fake punt isn’t something totally out of left field as he’s done it 23 times in his career, including once in Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers. Francisco.

Here’s a look at a fake Hekker clearance pass from 2019:

In most Super Bowls, teams are seemingly always ready to empty the playbook to give themselves the best chance of winning a Lombardi Trophy (ex. The Philly Special in Super Bowl LII). After all, it’s not like they can save it for next week.

Ja’Marr Chase breaks rookie receiving record

Bengals star receiver Ja’Marr Chase has already made a name for himself throughout his rookie season and shattered the record books. Entering Super Bowl LVI, Chase broke the Bengals franchise single-season receiving yards record, has the most receiving yards in a rookie season in NFL history (including the playoffs ) and is the youngest player in the NFL with multiple 100-yard receiving plays. in a single post-season.

This latest record has Chase in line for even more history as he enters this Super Bowl against the Rams. This postseason, Chase is averaging 93 receiving yards, which puts him in the territory of possibly breaking the Super Bowl receiving yards record by a rookie. That’s currently held by former Seahawks receiver Chris Matthews (Super Bowl XLIX) and Rams great Torry Holt (Super Bowl XXXIV) who both totaled 109 receiving yards in the big game as rookies.

In these playoffs, Chase already has two performances that have matched or exceeded that total, so it’s definitely on the line for him on Sunday, and we expect him to do so with some impact plays for Cincinnati.

I’m picking the Rams to beat the Bengals in this game, but I’m also going with a long shot to win MVP – Aaron Donald. The Rams’ star defensive lineman currently holds the sixth-best odds to win the Super Bowl MVP at +1800 at Caesars Sportsbook, which makes sense considering he’s a defensive player and these awards are usually given to those on the attacking side of the ball. and more specifically the quarterback. However, Donald is clearly incompatible with the Bengals’ mediocre offensive line and can destroy the game single-handedly.

As a team, the Rams were the highest-ranked pressure unit in the NFL, and the Bengals’ O line just allowed Joe Burrow to feel pressure on more than 40 percent of his AFC Championship drops. I expect this lackluster game to continue with Cincinnati, which opens the door for Donald to have a multi-sack game and put himself on the path to Super Bowl MVP.

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