The Voyager’s Super Bowl LVI Picks


Graphic by Andrew Hale

The Voyager has you covered for Super Bowl LVI between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams.

Super Bowl LVI is this Sunday and the Voyager has you covered. Editor-in-Chief’s Andrew Hale and Isaiah Adeleke teamed up to predict who will win the big game.

Andrew Hale’s Pick:

This year’s Super Bowl features two polar opposites. After trading for Matthew Stafford, it would’ve been considered a disappointing season for the Rams if they didn’t advance to the Super Bowl.

The Bengals on the other hand were predicted to be at the bottom of the NFL, and yet they are here playing in the biggest game in all of professional sports. This Bengals team encapsulates sports and its unpredictability. The Rams are a team full of superstars looking for that Super Bowl ring.

So who’s going to prevail?

This is a tough question to answer, but ultimately it will be the Bengals who are going to be crowned Super Bowl 56 champions. Cincinnati has gone through the gauntlet this postseason, beating teams like the #1 seeded Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs, who have appeared in back-to-back Super Bowl’s prior to this season. The Bengals had the longest playoff losing streak in pro sports, and they had never even won an away playoff game before defeating Tennessee.

If the Bengals manage to beat the immensely talented Los Angeles Rams it would be the final chapter to this storybook season. With that being said, the Rams cannot be overlooked with players like Odell Beckham Jr, Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald, Von Miller and Matthew Stafford.

This is quite possibly the best team on paper but this is the Super Bowl and, as we’ve seen in the past, anything can happen. If the LSU connection between Joe Burrow and Ja’marr Chase continues to be successful then the Bengals offense will give the LA secondary a lot of problems. Matthew Stafford however, has been the QB for two of the most prolific seasons by a wide receiver (Calvin Johnson 2012, Cooper Kupp 2021) and has proved to be the missing key to the Rams’ success.

Will Stafford finally get a ring or will Burrow put his fingerprints on history? We will find out Sunday in one of the most unlikely Super Bowl matchups of all time. – Bengals 24, Rams 21

Isaiah Adeleke’s Pick:

Super Bowl LVI is a clash between two titans. The Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams got to the bowl game in two completely different ways.

The Rams came into the season as a super bowl favorite. I mean they traded their starting quarterback Jared Goff who has consistently held them back in the postseason for one of the strongest and most accurate arms in the NFL, Matthew Stafford. They then got better throughout the season trading for Von Miller and signing Odell Beckham Jr. who has already been a force for them this season.

The Bengals before this season had six wins in the past two seasons and were not expecting to do anything more than that. Burrow is coming off an injury and they have a rookie as their main receiving threat. However this season they won the AFC North, Burrow won Comeback player of the year, Jamaar Chase won Offensive Rookie of the Year, and the team beat teams such as the AFC favorite, Kansas City Chiefs, and other contenders like the Tennessee Titans.

So who will win Super Bowl 56? My pick has to be the Los Angeles Rams in a very tough battle. The Rams have had players who have competed in multiple post-seasons and are hungry for war, their defensive line boasting Aaron Donald and Von Miller might be the best in the league while the Bengals’ offensive line might be the worst in the league.

The addition of Odell Beckham Jr. has worked out perfectly and he and Cooper Kupp are a perfect receiving duo, with Matthew Stafford throwing them the ball it might get ugly against this average Bengals defense. The Bengals are a young team and I do think they will have their ring coming soon, just not this year. Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Donald and Matthew Stafford have been dying for their first ring and I believe they will play like it. – Rams 30, Bengals 21