Cincinnati Bengals fans must be on top of the world in 2022.
Their team won the AFC Championship on the road by beating the defending AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs.
The Bengals roster is loaded with young superstar players who have gelled together well in a short time.
Part of my job is telling it like it is, sweet or sour. So here it is: in 12 years of doing this, this is legit one of the single most fun, truly together, selfless teams I’ve ever been around. All of you @NFL fans who’ve missed them so far, you’re about to get a show. #Bengals https://t.co/yPjjxbGa2M
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) February 6, 2022
Check out my TikTok review of how I believe the Bengals are approaching the Super Bowl.
Here are three reasons why the Bengals are feeling optimistic as they prepare to travel to Los Angeles for the Super Bowl.
3. No Pressure
The pressure to win this Super Bowl is squarely on the shoulders of the Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams have the hometown crowd in attendance to watch the game they are expected to win.
This front office has assembled a dream team of players to win the Super Bowl.
The Rams have already been to the big dance and lost in a very lopsided game a few years ago against the Patriots.
Getting there is not enough for the Rams, but in some ways, getting there is a huge leap for the Bengals that no one expected quite this early in Joe Burrow‘s career.
2. Evan McPherson
A kicker that can perform in the big moments and the most clutch situations separates the championship teams from the contenders.
The Bengals have a star rookie kicker named Evan McPherson who does not miss.
#Bengals kicker Evan McPherson is now 12-12 on FGs in the playoffs including two game-winners.
The 12 FGs are the most made FGs in a single postseason without a miss by any player in NFL history.
And he's doing it as a rookie. What a legend. pic.twitter.com/WtoMOppdVn
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 30, 2022
He has the confidence to predict the outcome in big moments before he even runs on the field to make the kick.
If the game is close or the Bengals need a big kick from McPherson, he has a reputation of delivering in a very young NFL career.
1. Joe Burrow
Burrow is on a roll.
He is a perennial winner and has been ever since his LSU days.
No moment or stage has seemed too big for him up to this point.
“The game’s not too big for Joe Burrow.” – #Bengals legendary QB Ken Anderson on the current Bengals QB. “This team has found a way to win all year. They’ll find it one more time.” pic.twitter.com/jBp1xFWHOJ
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) February 7, 2022
Like Stafford, he was the No. 1 pick in his draft (2020, Stafford in 2009), and he has ascended quickly after not finishing his first season due to a knee injury.
He can cement his legacy at the age of 25 with a Super Bowl Championship as the only quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy, the National Championship, and a Super Bowl Championship.
No QB won the Heisman, national championship, AND a Super Bowl.
National Champion ✅
Super Bowl ❓
If Joe Burrow wins a Super Bowl in his 2nd season, but first FULL season….what would that mean for his QB ranking? pic.twitter.com/ZSkSQWCwp4
— The Weekly Audible (@WeeklyAudible) January 31, 2022
The object for the Bengals has to be to start fast and get a lead.
They cannot work their way into this game as they did in the AFC Championship game against the Chiefs.
The offensive line also needs to take care of Burrow who has been sacked too many times this season.
Despite the Rams having the home-field advantage, expect a lot of loud Bengals fans to be in SoFi Stadium willing their team to pull off the big upset.