Staff Picks: Super Bowl 56

Staff Picks: Super Bowl 56

This article is part of our NFL Picks series.

A good week for everyone on the Staff except Payne, but he can still tie for the playoff title with Pianowski if the Rams cover. Everyone else is drawing dead. 

Everyone but Payne is on the Bengals, while totals are split between three unders and two overs. 

 EricksonPianowskiLissPayneDel Don
Bengals +4.5 at RamsBengalsBengalsBengalsRamsBengals
Total 48.5UnderUnderOverOverUnder
ScoreBengals 24-23Bengals 23-20Bengals 26-23Rams 35-17Rams 24-23
Last week's Record2-02-02-00-21-1
Playoff Record6-68-47-57-57-5
Playoff Best Bet Record2-12-12-12-13-0
Unanimous Pick Record29-26    
Majority Pick Record135-134-3    
2021 Best Bet Record12-610-812-612-67-11
2020 Playoff Record5-88-58-56-77-6
2019 Playoff Record6-55-66-54-77-4
2018 Playoff Record3-6-11-8-13-6-1N/A2-7-1
2017 Playoff Record5-65-65-6N/A2-9
2016 Playoff Record6-55-66-5N/A6-5
2015 Playoff Record5-62-93-8N/A1-10
2014 Playoff Record10-15-69-2N/A9-2
2013 Playoff Record5-4-23-6-24-5-2N/A4-5-2
2012 Playoff Record4-6-15-5-16-4-1N/A8-2-1
2011 Playoff Record8-35-69-2N/A7-4
2010 Playoff Record6-55-65-6N/A8-3
2009 Playoff Record5-64-71-10N/A5-6
2008 Playoff Record6-55-65-6N/A4-7
2007 Playoff Record8-33-86-5N/A2-9
2006 Playoff Record7-4N/A4-7N/AN/A
2005 Playoff Record5-6N/A3-8N/AN/A
2004 Playoff Record6-5N/A4-7N/AN/A
2003 Playoff Record6-5N/A4-7N/AN/A
2002 Playoff Record6-57-45-6N/AN/A
2001 Playoff Record6-4-17-3-14-6-1N/AN/A
2021 Record129-140-3134-135-3139-130-3145-124-3136-133-3
2020 Record121-127-8128-120-8118-130-8115-133-8118-130-8
2019 Record126-124-6140-110-6127-123-6127-123-6134-116-6
2018 Record125-122-9134-113-9141-106-9N/A120-127-9
2017 Record117-125-14128-114-14117-125-14N/A98-144-14
2016 Record140-111-5130-121-5123-128-5N/A132-119-5
2015 Record134-114-8120-128-8114-134-8N/A121-127-8
2014 Record123-128-5140-111-5135-116-5N/A128-123-5
2013 Record132-114-10118-128-10123-123-10N/A128-118-10
2012 Record110-140-6125-125-6121-129-6N/A123-127-6
2011 Record121-128-7134-115-7124-125-7N/A127-122-7
2010 Record129-122-5134-117-5126-125-5N/A134-117-5
2009 Record123-130-3132-121-3131-122-3N/A126-127-3
2008 Record132-114-10128-118-10124-122-10N/A130-116-10
2007 Record127-120118-129127-120N/A130-117
2006 Record118-129N/A139-108N/AN/A
2005 Record121-126N/A127-120N/AN/A
2004 Record124-124N/A130-118N/AN/A
2003 Record121-126118-129124-123N/AN/A
2002 Record113-136123-126141-108N/AN/A
2001 Record124-113117-120118-119N/AN/A
2000 Record123-117134-106141-99N/AN/A

This week, we have no unanimous picks. We had no unanimous picks last week either. We went 29-26 on unanimous picks and 135-134-3 on majority picks (three or more writers on the year. We went 17-23 on unanimous picks and 118-130-8 on majority picks in 2020. 

WriterComment
EricksonPicking with my heart a little bit here, no doubt, but I think the difference-makers for the Bengals are their underrated defense and the kicking game.
PianowskiThe obvious key to this game is the Bengals pass protection against the Rams pass rush, but I also have great respect for Joe Burrow's improving pocket awareness. I would also bet on Matthew Stafford throwing at least one interception. I expect a competitive game for four quarters, likely coming down to the final drive. MVP: Joe Burrow.  
LissThe Rams have the better defense, and that's a concern, but these are roughly equal teams, and 4.5 strikes me as far too much on a neutral field. O/U was a coin flip for me. 
PayneI don't see any significant advantage for the Bengals outside of maybe kicker. I think there's a huge advantage at the line on both sides for the Rams. I think they easily cover this.
Del DonThe Rams enter with a big advantage at DL > OL and with home field, but I'll take the points anyway. A similar strategy used against KC of just rushing three could work well again for Cincinnati (Matthew Stafford thrives vs. the blitz), and even if the Rams jump out to a big lead, Sean McVay will coach the Bengals back into the game.

The players:

• Jeff Erickson: RotoWire Senior editor, 2001, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016 Staff Picks Champ. Writes the Weekly Rankings. Covers and roots for the Bengals.

• Scott Pianowski: Fantasy expert for Yahoo! Sports, and also contributes to Rotowire.com. 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2019 and 2020 Staff Picks Champ. Roots for the Patriots.

• Chris Liss: RotoWire Managing Editor, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2018 Staff Picks Champ, 2003, 2004 co-champ. Writes East Coast OffenseBeating the Book and the Survivor column in addition to Staff Picks. Covers and roots for the Giants.

• Kevin Payne: Staff Writer, Writes our Waiver Wire column. Roots for the Bills. 2021 Staff Picks Champ.

• Dalton Del Don: Fantasy Expert for Yahoo! Sports, 2007 Staff Picks Champ. Roots for the 49ers.

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