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2022 Super Bowl Predictions

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) moves to avoid pressure from Tampa Bay Buccaneers nose tackle Vita Vea (50) during a second-half drive in an NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 23, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

By Shane Madden, Kaia Zimmerman, Jackson Heiden, Nelson Hubbell, Matt Denhartigh, and James Herold 

Two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum. The glamor of Los Angeles versus the grit of Cincinnati. The rugged, young, up-and-comers showing down with a high paid, star-studded lineup, straight out of Hollywood Boulevard.  

A quarterback matchup highlighting the dichotomy of two teams who couldn’t be more different. Of all Super Bowl quarterbacks taken with the number one overall pick, none have reached the precipice of the big game faster than Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (two seasons) while none have taken longer than Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (13 seasons).  

On journeys as dissimilar as these, anything can happen. Will it be the Bengals out of Cincinnati, with their young quarterback looking to be the first to complete the Championship trifecta (high school, college and NFL), or the hometown Rams, helmed by the journeyman quarterback many of us cheered on for a decade?

The Collegiate sports reporters came together to make their picks on who they think will win the 2022 Super Bowl which is scheduled on Sunday, Feb. 13 with kickoff at 6:30 p.m. 

Matt Denhartigh, 21, Grandville  

Pick: Los Angeles Rams, 45-27

MVP: Matthew Stafford

My prediction for this coming Super Bowl Sunday is that the Los Angeles Rams will dominate the Bengals of Cincinnati. The Bengals have put up a good fight so far throughout the 2022 playoffs, but I think they will finally meet their end as they take on the Rams. The Rams, who have won their last five games, are red hot. Expect them to take the turf this Sunday with the Lombardi Trophy on their minds. My final score prediction is Rams 45 – Bengals 27, with quarterback Matthew Stafford throwing for 300+ passing yards, while tossing three touchdowns. These numbers would guarantee him walking away as Super Bowl MVP. However, a sleeper pick for MVP I believe has a shot to win is Aaron Donald. Going up against the Bengals sketchy O-Line, he could easily sack his way to the Pete Rozelle MVP trophy. 

Kaia Zimmerman, 19, Lowell

Pick: Los Angeles Rams, 34-24

MVP: Matthew Stafford 

I believe the Los Angeles Rams will take the win in this year’s Super Bowl in a close battle, with the Rams pulling away late. My biggest reason for this pick is because of the Bengals O-line, who allowed 55 sacks in the regular season. They are one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL and I think when you put that up against Aaron Donald and a very good Rams defense, it’s going to be hard for Joe Burrow to show what he is capable of in the big spotlight. I think Stafford will get things done in his first ever Super Bowl because of his experience (13 years) on the field and I believe he will be named the MVP. I think Burrow will be able to do some good things to make it interesting, but the Rams defense will shut them down to take the win.

Nelson Hubbell, 19, Holland 

Pick: Los Angeles Rams, 34-28

MVP: Matthew Stafford

To me, the Rams are the far better team. I don’t see any way around it. The roster has so many stars, and the coaching staff is superb. Both are commodities that have proven themselves on a significant stage in previous years. Stafford, my pick for MVP, has been in the NFL for 13 seasons to Joe Burrow’s two. Honestly, the game may not even be as close as my 34-28 Rams game prediction implies it is. The Bengals have great talent at the WR position in Jamarr Chase and Tee Higgins; exploiting the weak safety spot on the Rams defense will be critical to the Bengals’ game plan. Truthfully I haven’t thought that the Bengals were a Super Bowl-caliber team all season, and here they are finding themselves in the game itself. The over/under currently sits at 48.5, and I’m expecting it to hit. The only way the Bengals win this game is if they find themselves somehow making it a slugfest. The Rams have the home-field advantage, and I think they will control this game throughout even though Cincinnati might put a scare into them late.

James Herold, 22, East Grand Rapids

Pick: Los Angeles Rams, 31-27

MVP: Matthew Stafford

My prediction for the game is that Rams QB Matthew Stafford will get the win 31-27 over Joe Burrow. The game will be back and forth with both quarterbacks with 3 touchdowns each. I chose 31 to 27 because it will come down to the final seconds with a game winning touchdown by Stafford. This will be Stafford’s first Super Bowl after 12 miserable years in Detroit. If Joe Burrow pulls it off, it will also be his first-ever Super Bowl win. 

Jackson Heiden, 19, Ravenna

Pick: Cincinnati Bengals, 34-31

MVP: Joe Burrow

My prediction of Super Bowl LVI is that the Cincinnati Bengals will finally win their last game of the season. The Bengals offensive line, who is arguably one of the worst O-lines in the NFL, will be the biggest key to the game. If the O-line can withstand Aaron Donald and the Rams top of the line defense Joe Burrow and company will stand a good chance to outstand the Rams high powered offense. The Bengals will win a tight offense shootout 34-31 with rookie kicker Evan McPherson nailing the game winning field goal. The Super Bowl MVP will be none other than Joe Burrow, and he will finally complete the amazing three-year run of winning the 2020 National Championship, Heisman Trophy, along with a Super Bowl. 


Shane Madden, 28, Hastings 

Pick: Los Angeles Rams, 27-10

MVP: Matthew Stafford

As the LA Rams look to take the field this Sunday, they walk in with an entire year of preparation. When they traded for Stafford just over a year ago, everybody knew it was Super Bowl or bust. When they signed Jalen Ramsey, one of the most talented man coverage defensive backs in the game, the front office was screaming: Super Bowl. No one expected the Bengals to get this far. A month ago, a playoff win practically shut down the cell network in Cincinnati. They need big plays from their stars to have a chance here. However, Joe Burrow, in his so far short run, has been sacked at a historic rate. Rams defensive tackle, Aaron Donald, is a historic pass rusher. Bengals Wideout Jamarr Chase, another young superstar in the making, is exactly the reason LA spent big money on DB Jalen Ramsey. The Rams have spent money on big time players in the three most important positions, and I expect it to pay dividends.  


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