We have our Super Bowl matchup after a long, exciting NFL season! The Cincinnati Bengals are set to take on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl Fifty Six. This matchup will be between two former first overall picks in the draft with quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow. The Bengals have made a historic turnaround while the Rams traded for their quarterback a year ago. The number of storylines going into this game are intriguing and when you break down the statistics coming into his game, you can get a sense of what may happen. The statistics below show some interesting facts about the two teams and may give us a clue into the game.
Team Rushing Yards per Game: 100.3
Team Rushing Yards per Game in the Playoffs: 88.0
Rush Yards per Attempt: 4.0
Rush Yards per Attempt in the Playoffs: 3.8
-Los Angeles Rams:
Team Rushing Yards per Game: 98.3
Team Rushing Yards per Game in the Playoffs: 94.3
Rush Yards per Attempt: 3.8
Rush Yards per Attempt in the Playoffs: 2.9
One interesting thing of note is that both Super Bowl teams are in the bottom ten of the league when it comes to rush yards per game. The Cincinnati Bengals, based off this season’s stats have an edge when it comes to their rushing game as they average more yards per game and more yards per attempt. The Bengals are better in all of the rushing categories except for total rushing yards per game over the last three playoff games. Although the Rams have an average lower than that of the Bengals in yards per attempt in those games. Football Outsiders DVOA does give the edge to the Los Angeles Rams rushing game in comparison to the Bengals, however.
Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed per Game: 106.2
Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed per Game in the Playoffs: 127.3
Opponent Rush Yards Allowed per Attempt: 4.5
Opponent Rush Yards Allowed per Attempt in the Playoffs: 5.9
-Los Angeles Rams:
Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed per Game: 95.8
Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed per Game in the Playoffs: 54.0
Opponent Rush Yards Allowed per Attempt: 3.9
Opponent Rush Yards Allowed per Attempt in the Playoffs: 3.1
The Los Angeles Rams have better statistics than the Cincinnati Bengals when it comes to their rush defense in every category above. Despite Cincinnati being solid in their run defense, the Rams hold their opponents to less yards per game on the season, as well as the playoffs, where they are at an impressive 54 rushing yards per game over the last three. It will be interesting to see how the Bengals balance the run game with the Rams stout run defense. Football Outsiders DVOA ranks the Rams as a top five unit in rush defense and the Bengals at 13th in the league.