NFL Tips: Tipster v Trader Bet Builders for Rams v Bengals Super Bowl LVI

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Grab your popcorn, load up on energy drinks, cancel everything on Monday and get settled in for the night – Super Bowl LVI is upon us. The Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals will battle it out in California on Sunday to be crowned the greatest NFL team in the United States and, therefore, the world and the universe.

A big prize, then. And big events call for big offers. Paddy’s pulled out all the stops once again and Super Bowl LVI is no different. This year the big man is hosting a Bet Builder BOGOF so if you place one you get another free.

And to help you decide where to put your hard earned we’ve enlisted the help of Paddy trader Dan Whitty and Tom Carnduff from Sporting Life to give this game a going over and deliver their Bet Builders for the big game. They’ve served up eight different selections for your consideration, so here’s the lads’ verdicts.

Dan Whitty

Bengals (+4)

Cincinnati go into this game as underdogs but are getting some love from bettors off the back of their second win of the season in Arrowhead as this line would’ve been around a touchdown prior to their victory over the Chiefs in the AFC title game.

Punters are clearly noting that they’ve covered the handicap in seven straight games on the way to the Super Bowl. Joe Burrow’s jumped into the group of elite QBs with his play in this run, and in receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins he has a couple of rising stars to target.

That gives them a shot against the Rams’ star-studded defence, and they should be able to count on their rookie kicker Evan McPherson to convert from distance and keep this competitive even if they stall out, so Cincinnati getting more than a field goal on the Bengals (+4) handicap appeals.

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Ja’Marr Chase Anytime TD Scorer

Ja’Marr Chase has been the straw that stirs the drink in Cincinnati offence this season, becoming Joe Burrow’s favourite target as he piled up big plays, huge yardage totals and 14 touchdowns across the regular season and playoffs.

The pair already had a strong connection from their days together in LSU’s National Championship-winning offence and the rookie pass-catcher will be central to anything the Bengals do if they’re going to upset the Rams. It means Chase as an anytime TD scorer is no-brainer as he’s bound to see a high-volume of targets, open or not.

Joe Burrow Over 12.5 Rushing Yards

Second-year quarterback Burrow has shown no ill-effects from the ACL tear that ended his rookie season, which is a good thing because the Bengals offensive line has been so leaky he’s been on the run much of the season. However, he usually uses his legs extending pass plays rather than gaining ground yards, hence the low over/under figure of 12.5 yards here.

The trends, however, are good. He had 25 yards rushing in the AFC title game and the same amount in Week 15 against Denver’s mean defence, and they’re both among four games in the last six where he’s reached double-digits yardage for rushing. He’ll be forced to scramble by the LA defensive line too, so it looks low to me and I like Joe Burrow Over 12.5 Rushing Yards.

Cam Akers Under 65.5 Rushing Yards

The Bengals defence ranked fifth against the run for average yards per carry by opponents this season, allowing just 4.3 yards every time the ball was handed off. The Rams also had the ninth fewest rush attempts this season, becoming a firm pass-first offence since getting Matt Stafford in to replace Jared Goff.

While Akers’ recovery from an Achilles tear last summer is inspirational, he hasn’t set the world alight since returning for the playoffs, and there’s now a shoulder injury lingering over him too, so the line here is too high for my liking. Cam Akers Under 65.5 Rushing Yards round my Bet Builder off.

*A Bet Builder with Dan’s four best bets pays at approximately 7/1 with Paddy Power. CLICK HERE TO ADD IT TO YOUR BETSLIP.

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Tom Carnduff

Rams (-2.5)

I think I like Rams (-2.5) on the alternative handicap on the logic of the situation. I like a 2.5 line on the basis that you’re always playing to three with the field goal, touchdown type of thing. The Rams’ season has been so impressive so far, they’ve been largely comfortable positions throughout the playoffs, though they had that little issues against Arizona.

While so much was made of that Tampa Bay comeback, the fact remains that they should never have been in that situation. They kicked a field goal just before the half that fell short – that’s game over. The Rams gifted them a way back into it and kept presenting opportunities.

Any neutral, myself included, would like the Bengals to win this one as they had absolutely no chance at the start of the season. You’ll be very, very wealthy if they win it and you backed them at the start of the season! But the Rams should just be too strong so I’ll take them on the alternative Rams (-2.5) handicap just so we’re talking field goal territory.

Odell Beckham Jr 50+ receiving yards

All eyes are going to be on Cooper Kupp, naturally, and we’ll get to him in a minute. But I’m going to make the most of the alternative markets available in the Bet Builder. Backing Odell Beckham Jr 50+ receiving yards would have won in three of the post-season games.

He had multiple regular season games of 50+ as well and that includes with The Rams after that mid-season switch. It’s a short price but I feel comfortable taking it.

Odell Beckham Jr LA Rams

Odell Beckham Jr anytime TD scorer

I think we’re getting odds against Odell Beckham Jr anytime TD scorer. He’s become and increasingly-popular target as time has gone on with the franchise looking to get that chemistry going. Look at the amount of reception targets he’s had.

I quite like Tyler Higbee but he might not feature through injury. But, hey, that could help us even more with this pick with OBJ to strike in this one.

Cooper Kupp Over 104.5 receiving yards

This line is huge but if the Rams are to enjoy success then it all links in. I think it’s all or nothing with this bet, if one lets us down the whole thing will come crashing down, right? But if they are to enjoy the success we’re predicting then it’s likely that Cooper Kupp is going to smash the Over 104.5 receiving yards.

It is a big line but I’d expect it, potentially, to be even higher. He’s been averaging 114.5 receiving yards per game. He had 142 against the 49ers, a huge 183 in the win over the Bucs. These games show that when it comes to it you’re going to target the player you trust the most.

He’s shown in multiple times that if the Rams are to win this one that we can expect him to hit three figures again in receiving yards. It takes my Bet Builder quite nicely to around 8/1.

*A Bet Builder with Tom’s four best bets pays at approximately 8/1 with Paddy Power. CLICK HERE TO ADD IT TO YOUR BETSLIP.

Rams v Bengals tips

Dan Whitty
Bengals (+4)
Anytime Touchdown: Ja’Marr Chase
Joe Burrow Over 12.5 Rushing Yards
Cam Akers Under 65.5 Rushing Yards

*A Bet Builder with Dan’s four best bets pays at approximately 7/1 with Paddy Power. CLICK HERE TO ADD IT TO YOUR BETSLIP.

Tom Carnduff
Rams (-2.5)
Odell Beckham 50+ receiving yards
Odell Beckham anytime TD scorer
Cooper Kupp Over 104.5 receiving yards

*A Bet Builder with Tom’s four best bets pays at approximately 8/1 with Paddy Power. CLICK HERE TO ADD IT TO YOUR BETSLIP.

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

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