Super Bowl LVI predictions from NFL Wire’s 32 editors

The Touchdown Wire Team have made their picks for Super Bowl LVI. Now is the time for the 32 editors of NFL Wires to predict Sunday’s winner between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams.

Will Joe Burrow and the Bengals complete a magical season and win the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy? Or will Sean McVay’s Rams finish the deal and win a title in their hometown of Los Angeles?

Here’s how NFL Wire editors pick Super Bowl LVI:

Editors choosing Bengals: 16

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“The Rams’ greatest strength is terrifying and can go against the Bengals’ greatest weakness, the offensive line. Thing is, it hasn’t hurt the Bengals enough to lose yet, including a nine-sack performance in a win over the Titans. Some of the matchups favor the Rams, but we’ve seen that kind of energy from a potential Super Bowl winner before. Joe Burrow still hasn’t lost a college or pro playoff game and that doesn’t change now if he’s as calm and surgical as he has been since mid-December. —Chris Roling, Bengals Wire

“The Bengals have been knocked out all season and they kept delivering. I don’t see why it doesn’t continue on the biggest stage in the game. I roll with Joe Burrow and his arsenal of weapons. —Alyssa Barbieri, Bears Wire

“The Rams are clearly better on paper but they have strong energy from the 2004 Lakers, so I pick the Cinderella team. Bengals 31, Rams 27. Jessie Bates for MVP. — Tim Weaver, Seahawks Wire

“The Bengals have defensive playmakers who can create opportunities for the offense led by Joe Burrow. Kicker Evan McPherson can also land clutch shots. It should be a great tight game. —Jeff Risdon, LionsWire

“Burrow proved that even if you fire him a million times, maybe it doesn’t matter. Even if Ramsey matches Chase, Higgins and Boyd could have a field day. Stafford is great against the blitz, but struggled with the kinds of coverage the Bengals used to stop Mahomes in the second half against the Chiefs.The Rams are desperate, but the Bengals feel like the doom team in this one.—Luke Easterling, BucsWire

“Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase were primed for the big stage at LSU, and it shows. They have what it takes to beat the Rams, but the offensive line needs to play better. —James Johnson, Jaguars Wire

“I’m just here for the halftime show. King Kenny, Snoop, Marshall and Murry? Let’s go. That there is a football game around the concert is a nice bonus. —KD Drummond, Cowboys Wire

“Joe Burrow keeps being compared to a young Tom Brady. Well, just like Brady, he’ll have a shot at knocking out the Rams in the Super Bowl in his second season in the NFL. Unlike Brady, though, he will smoke a cigar after making it.—Jordy McElroy, Vikings Wire

“How can you bet against Joe Burrow at this point?” —Bryan Manning, Washington Wire

“Joe Burrow is 6-0 in postseason games since college. Proven winner. — Gavino Borquez, chargers wire

“Odell Beckham Jr. helped destroy the Browns’ season, but the Rams were the Cleveland Rams. The Bengals are AFC North rivals, but if they won, the Browns would have beaten the Super Bowl champions two times this season Joe Burrow’s charity work for southeastern Ohio pushes him ever so slightly in the direction of Cincinnati.—Jared Mueller, Browns Wire

“Joe Burrow is playing amazing football, Cincinnati has more receiver talent than Jalen Ramsey can handle, and the Bengals have finally won a Lombardi Trophy on the road west.” —Glenn Erby, Eagles Wire

Editors choosing Rams: 16

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“This game is all about clashes in the trenches. The Chiefs haven’t been very successful in pressuring Bengals QB Joe Burrow, which is one of the reasons they’ll be on the couch this weekend. I suspect the Rams are better equipped to pressure Burrow. Look back at the Divisional Round game against the Titans and you’ll see how ill-prepared Cincinnati’s offensive line is to deal with a dominating defensive front. Guys like Aaron Donald and Von Miller could prove unstoppable. Conversely, I think the Los Angeles offensive line matches the Bengals’ defensive line pretty well, especially in the running game. —Charles Goldman, Chiefs Wire

“Games are won in the trenches and the Rams have a clear advantage in that department. As long as they can pressure Burrow, they’ll win this game. —Cameron DaSilva, RamsWire

“Two high-powered offenses go in there, but the Rams advantage on defense wins out and earns them the win.” —Curt Popejoy, Steelers Wire

“The heart says the Bengals, the head says the Rams. I think the Rams defensive line could control the game, and Matthew Stafford is playing at a very high level. Joe Burrow and the Bengals are a great story, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rams won comfortably. —Zach Kruse, Packers Wire

“Von Miller will once again record 2.5 sacks and win MVP, marking the first time a defender has won the Super Bowl MVP title twice in his career.” — Jon Heath, Son of the Broncos

“Matthew Stafford waited 12 years for a chance to play meaningful football and Sean McVay acquired him to overcome the difficulty. I think the Rams close the deal and ruin the Bengals’ unlikely run. — Matt Urben, Thread of Hawks

“The Rams are the bridesmaid of the NFL while the Bengals are just happy to be a plus-1. Sean McVay won’t let a world championship slip away this time. —Mark Lane, Texans Wire

“The Bengals are incredibly friendly but the Rams are just…better.” —Henry McKenna, Patriots Wire

“It’s a lot like the Super Bowl last year. Lots of awesome point guards on this court, but the play in the trenches is much stronger on the Rams side. —Nick Wojton, Bills Wire

“Odell Beckham Jr. on Eli Apple for Game Winner.” — Dan Benton, Son of Giants

“The Bengals don’t win a Super Bowl before the Cardinals. The Rams overcame their inconsistencies in the season to show just how dominant they can be in the playoffs. It will be seen on Sunday. —Jess Root, CardsWire



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