FMQB: Super Bowl Sunday Edition
It’s finally here! Super Bowl Sunday, or for many football fans, Christmas 2.0.
As most FMQB readers know, the Rams are my team, but will try to get through these next 2 weeks without too much bias.
What to watch for:
Aaron Donald and Von Miller vs. a beleaugered Cincy offensive line. Not expecting another 9 sack day, but not out of the question either. The Rams were 1st in pass rush and the Bengals were 30th in pass blocking.
Rams to go up, and Cincy to comeback. Rams have a propensity this season of blowing leads, and Cincy has experience with double digit comebacks. So both put together means no lead by LA is safe.
About equal on offense, in fact both teams scored the exact same amount of points in the regular season. And if you include playoff stats, Cooper Kupp was #1 and Jamar Chase was #2 in receiving yards this year.
Matthew Staffords habit of throwing bad interceptions, Stafford is tied for the most INT’s this season.
Jalen Ramsey vs. Jamar Chase: The top Cornerback in the league vs the #2 WR in the league. Jamar Chase is the best rookie WR we’ve seen since Randy Moss, and has rookie records for both yards in the regular season and now the post season.
What happens to Cooper Kupp? Kupp seems to get open on plays where everybody in the stadium knows where the ball is going.
Bengals K Evan McPherson kicked the team into the AFC Championship and then into the Super Bowl. He’s about as cool as Joe Burrow, does he have another game winner in him?
Won’t be a shootout, but scoring will happen. Looking for a 1st quarter with 3 points or less, and then things to open up. I think the Rams get 4 sacks, and Bengals have 2 INT’s, but Rams go up 27-14 with a late push by Burrow to get it within a TD, but will have <30 seconds to take the lead and come up short with a sack to end the game. Final score- Rams 27, Bengals 21
Super Bowl Stats
Only 2 QB’s have won a National title and a Super Bowl; Namath and Montana. Burrow has a chance to become the 3rd. If that happens, all 3 QB’s will be named “Joe.”
Joe Burrow getting to the Super Bowl in his 2nd year is the earliest of a #1 overall draft pick, Matthew Stafford making his Super Bowl debut in his 13th year is the latest of any #1 draft pick.
We went 54 years with the stadium host not having their team play in the big game, and now we’ve had back to back years with home game
For the first time ever, the Super Bowl will not feature the Top 3 seeds. Both were 4 seeds in the playoffs.
No player has ever won a college national championship, won the Heisman trophy, and won a Super Bowl. Joe Burrow could become the 1st.
Aaron Donald has more All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections than the entire Bengals roster
Stafford has the most yards and TD passes of any QB making their Super Bowl debut
This is only the 2nd Super Bowl between 2 QB’s that were drafted #1 overall. The other one as Carolina vs Denver.
Both teams scored exactly 460 points in the regular season, and the Rams gave up 372 points with the Bengals giving up 376
Joke of the week (From the NFL Awards Show):
Nobody knows where Aaron Rodgers will end up next year, but Vegas has him 2-1 in Green Bay, 5-1 in Tampa, and 10-1 at Spotify.
Memes of the Week: