How Cardinals Fans Should Bet Super Bowl 56

What can Cardinals fans learn from their matchups with the Rams to find betting value in the Super Bowl (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
What can Cardinals fans learn from their matchups with the Rams to find betting value in the Super Bowl (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The Cardinals are very familiar with the NFC Super Bowl representative, having played the Rams three times this season. While the playoff matchup was a blowout, Arizona beat Los Angeles 37-20 early in the year and played them close in a December loss.

WynnBET has the Rams as 4-point favorites and -200 on the moneyline (bet $20 to win $10) while the Bengals are +165 to capture their first Super Bowl in franchise history. The over/under is set at 48.5.

What can Cardinals fans learn from their games against Los Angeles to help them bet the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl Best Bets For Cardinals Fans

Bet the Under

In two of the three games the Cardinals faced the Rams, the total went over 48.5. So why bet the under?

First, because of the rushing ability Kyler Murray has that Joe Burrow doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, Burrow can move a bit, but he’s nowhere close to the track speed that Kyler scoots with.

The Cardinals were able to keep a strong Rams’ rushing defense at bay by utilizing Kyler alongside Chase Edmunds and James Connor. With a horrible offensive line and a much slower Burrow, the Bengals will have no such luxury. In the playoff game, Kyler was running for his life and the total went under 48.5. I see Burrow having similar trouble against the Rams’ pass rush and that’s one reason to bet the under.

But second, Arizona plays at a much faster pace than Cincinnati. Arizona was 9th in the NFL in average plays per game, as they tried to get to the line to snap the ball as quickly as possible. This leads to more possessions for both teams and thus, more points. The Bengals are just 22nd in plays per game, so that slower pace pushes us to an under bet as well.

I’m on under 48.5 (-110) and Cardinals fans should be too.

Bet Both Teams To Kick 35+ Yard Field Goals

At +150, this one feels like a slam dunk. In all three games the Cardinals and Rams played, both teams made field goals of 35+ yards. The Rams have an excellent offense but Sean McVay has conservative tendencies on 4th downs. This means more opportunities for long field goals.

Matt Prater had seven total field goals across the three matchups, so we know the Rams give up field goal opportunities as well. The Bengals have made 12 field goals across their three playoff games behind the strong leg of Evan McPherson and I think he’s good for at least two more in this one.

Give me the lovely +150 odds on both teams to kick 35+ yard field goals in one of my favorite bets of the Super Bowl.

Bet Odell Beckham Jr. to Score First Rams Touchdown

In the two games against Arizona that Odell was a Ram for, he scored both games. He’s scored six touchdowns in the 11 games since Los Angeles acquired him and has become a go-to target for Matthew Stafford with 19 targets in their last two games.

Odell hasn’t scored since the Wild Card round, but his target share and involvement in the offense suggest a touchdown is coming.

I’m taking Odell to score the first Rams touchdown at +600. Ordinarily, I would say we should take him to score the first touchdown period, but at +750 those odds aren’t much better than if we avoid any Bengals touchdown possibilities altogether. As a result, I’m sticking with the Rams-specific bet.

Whether you like these bets or want to find some value of your own, head on over to WynnBET to place your Super Bowl bets now! Don’t be left out in the cold while all of us are over here cashing.