Feb 7, 2022
Don't hold me to this (unless it turns out to be right), but here's the early assessment: my heart says Bengals, but my head says Rams. Can Los Angeles be trusted?
Probably not. For all their star power, they've now survived two straight playoff wins by the skin of their teeth, and you might say that about the Bengals, too, except the Rams were literally built to win it all. They are the win-now team, assembled with one big-name veteran after another. Cincy feels like the right call, with all their fun-loving, expectation-shattering youth. But Aaron Donald and the Rams' defensive front is a different animal, and we saw in Tennessee what can happen when Joe Burrow's blocking is up against real pressure. If Sean McVay can actually put a game plan together, L.A. should be able to do quite a bit more than it did against the 49ers, and that spells a big-play win at home? I don't think the Bengals are ready for primetime. Simply that. Rams win 32-20.