The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Rams and Bengals:
Rams 30-24: After years of futility in Detroit, Matthew Stafford finally gets his reward. Joe Burrow figures to get his someday, just not Sunday, He won’t be able to make up for the talent gap between the Rams and Bengals. Season: 14-3.
Rams 30-24: No Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert or Josh Allen in the Super Bowl. But Burrow and Stafford are worthy fill-ins — a 25-year hotshot on his way up, a 34-year old vet who suffered for twelve years in purgatory (let’s call it Detroit). I’ll go with the old boy and his new Rams. Season: 13-4.
Bengals 28-27: Give me the team with the most fans at the game. (Yeah, I said it). I’ve been wrong about the Bengals for a month now, but it’s time to lean into the most unlikely Super Bowl champion of my lifetime. Season: 13-4.
Rams 30-24: The Bengals lost to the Bears this season, and I can’t get past that. Also, the Rams are too loaded on both sides of the ball to miss this opportunity. Aaron Donald will have an MVP-worthy game, and longtime loser Stafford is finally a champion. Season: 13-4.
Rams 31-20: Burrow’s big-game resume is impressive — if the Rams give him a chance to beat them he will. But the Rams’ defense should cause Burrow more problems than the Chiefs’ defense did. Season: 12-5.