Why You Should Support The Bengals In Super Bowl LVI

Are you a neutral struggling to pick a team in the Super Bowl?

Can’t decide between the Rams or Bengals?

Allow us at Neds to help you make your decision ahead of the big game on Monday.

Here we will lay out a clear and concise case about why you should follow the little team that could from Ohio.

They’re heading to LA to spoil the Rams party and they’re every chance at raising the Lombardi Trophy.

Joe Burrow and the Bengals crash the Rams’ LA house party in a new Super Bowl #GridironHeights 🏆

(@StateFarm) pic.twitter.com/zgpafmSHQi

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 8, 2022

They’re New On The Scene

Not in terms of the NFL of course, but it’s been a LONG time since the Bengals were involved at this time of the season.

33 years in fact, and those fans that remember the pain of both defeats will be very happy to see anyone other than Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers on the other side of the ball.

The Bengals have been to the Super Bowl twice, both times against the 49ers.

Will they meet again in Super Bowl LVI?! 👀#FTTB | #RuleTheJungle pic.twitter.com/IVtOi8J8Pp

— Super Bowl LVI on NBC (@SNFonNBC) January 28, 2022

On those teams was a pretty good receiver named Cris Collinsworth, who made 417 catches and scored 36 touchdowns in eight seasons with Cincinnati.

Now he will be behind the microphone, as NBC’s colour analyst for Super Bowl LVI with his long time broadcast partner Al Michaels, with this possibly being the duo’s final game together.

Pretty awesome that Cris Collinsworth will get to call a Bengals Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/KKS4IwGpEx

— NFL Fashion Advice (@fashion_nfl) January 30, 2022

You know they will bring out some old footage of those 80’s Bengals games.

Joey Brrr

Some might call him arrogant, some might think he’s a bit much, but the general consensus on Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is that he is a born winner, and he has fun doing it.

Wherever he has gone, he has played in the biggest games, be it high school in Ohio, college with LSU and now in his second season with the Bengals, he’s on the biggest stage of them all.

On top of that, he is all in on his team and knows how to play to the crowd.

A tribute to this great state and university. Death Valley, where opponents dreams come to die… but where mine came true https://t.co/lGLyAkBLAG

— Joey Burrow (@JoeyB) December 1, 2019

There’s a reason why he’s so popular wherever he goes and to top it all off he’s a damn good quarterback too.

Albert Breer from the MMQB and Sports Illustrated told a story on radio last week about Burrow preparing for the AFC Championship Game.

He was discussing the Chiefs defensive schemes with his coaches and how they were going to take away his primary targets, and his simple response was, “if they do that I’ll just run for 100 yards.”

While his final tally was only 25 yards, all of his scrambles helped keep Bengals drives alive and allowed them to come back from 21-3 down.

Plus, who doesn’t love to see a hometown kid succeed?

“Being from Ohio and being the quarterback of the Bengals is something that I’m really proud of.” – Joe Burrow pic.twitter.com/67x5FTAzqU

— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) February 7, 2022

Chasing Greatness

Every great passing attack has a stud wide receiver and Ja’Marr Chase has fallen right into that role with the Cincinnati Bengals in his rookie NFL season.

Reunited with his college running mate Burrow, Chase has gone off all season, making 81 catches for 1455 yards and 13 touchdowns in the regular season, plus another 20 catches for 279 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs.

Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase have never lost a playoff game together in college or NFL.

(📸: @LSUFootball) pic.twitter.com/qX4JYB4Ouw

— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 30, 2022

While some may have criticised the Bengals for drafting Chase instead of getting some blocking for their superstar quarterback, it is fair to say that right now they have been vindicated.

It’s a warning sign to the rest of the NFL that these two are going to guide Cincinnati to success for a few years yet.

To top it all off, their dads are good friends as well.

Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow’s dads 🐐

(📸: @LSUfootball) pic.twitter.com/hqwQgg8zQ8

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 31, 2022

Shoot Your Shot

Some may say kickers don’t really matter in the league but former NFL executive Andrew Brandt sums it up best.

First time this year:
Kickers are like lawyers, never appreciated until you find a good one. #WilLutz

— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) September 10, 2019

That’s why the Bengals drafted Evan McPherson in the fifth round back in April and he has already paid dividends.

All season he has been money in clutch situations going 28/33 during the season including 9/11 from over 50 yards.

On debut in Week 1 he nailed the game winner in overtime against Minnesota, then in Week 4 he nailed another game winner to knock off Jacksonville.

Evan McPherson for the win 🔥@NFL | #RuleTheJungle pic.twitter.com/MxaV64zrkg

— FanSided (@FanSided) October 1, 2021

In Week 17 he drilled another game winner to win the AFC North against Kansas City.

In each of his three playoff games to date, he has gone a perfect 4/4 including a pair of game winners.

In Tennessee as he was preparing to go on the field and attempt the final kick, he casually mentioned to Joe Burrow, “I guess we’re going to the AFC Championship.”

EVAN MCPHERSON. A ROOKIE.

THE @BENGALS ADVANCE! #NFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/B6QsNNNhyX

— NFL (@NFL) January 23, 2022

Then as a follow up act, he was perfect in Kansas City including the biggest kick of his career.

EVAN MCPHERSON SENDS CINCY TO THE SUPER BOWL. #NFLPlayoffs #RuleTheJungle pic.twitter.com/lcWku1eYpt

— NFL (@NFL) January 30, 2022

Good kickers are worth their weight in gold.

They’ve Got Some Star Power Too

Did you really think the Rams would have the monopoly on famous fans following their team?

Sure, home games in Los Angeles are full of big name stars from film, television, music and social media staring at their phones as the game unfolds about 75 yards away from their luxury suites.

But the Bengals have their own star studded fan base too.

Let’s start with the star of… well plenty of movies and TV shows, Woody Harrelson.

Woody Harrelson’s why the Bengals haven’t had a playoff win in 25 yrs

Find out why tomorrow on @NFLGameDay Morning pic.twitter.com/ZZbBCS6RBu

— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 9, 2016

We think this curse may have been finally broken.

Former member of 98 Degrees and perhaps more famously Jessica Simpson’s ex-husband, Lachey is a dedicated fan of the team.

Only fitting the Lunar New Year was yesterday and it is officially now the Year of the Tiger!!! #whodey #Bengals

— Nick Lachey (@NickLachey) February 2, 2022

Perhaps a little too passionate at times, he’s been kicked out of a few Bengals games and not been afraid to share his disdain for owner Mike Brown.

From Sharonville, Ohio to Hollywood stardom, Carmen Electra has never lost her love for the Bengals, so perhaps she would have preferred her Baywatch attire be orange instead of red.

Random fact…

Carmen Electra worked at Kings Island. She’s also a big #Bengals fan! pic.twitter.com/GkxaV7ZHud

— 𝘉𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘊𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯⚓ (@BengalsCaptain) December 3, 2021

Regular guest star in Adam Sandler movies and prominent sports talk show host Dan Patrick is a native of Ohio and grew up as a Bengals fan.

If it seems like he’s a bit happier than normal this Super Bowl week, that’s probably why.

Random fact…

Carmen Electra worked at Kings Island. She’s also a big #Bengals fan! pic.twitter.com/GkxaV7ZHud

— 𝘉𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘊𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯⚓ (@BengalsCaptain) December 3, 2021

Meanwhile, the former mayor of Cincinnati Jerry Springer is also a Bengals devotee who was in attendance in Miami in 1989.

Cris Collinsworth, Jerry Springer and Frank Sinatra.

From the archives: Everyone was in Miami for the Bengals Super Bowl run in 1988-89, Cincinnati’s last trip to the big game. https://t.co/tuEg85W5lH pic.twitter.com/3VnxqIiWDs

— WLWT (@WLWT) February 6, 2022

And finally, we’re saving the best for last, if that whole list wasn’t enough, then how about George Freakin’ Clooney!

George Clooney to Ed Reed at the Oscars: “You hurt me bad. I’m a Bengals fan” (via @DanHanzus) pic.twitter.com/VZW1edPmih

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 25, 2013

Up until this year being a Bengals fan was probably the one thing that had not gone right for Clooney in his adult life.

They’re Fun

This one is simple, they’re a young team, they might not know any better but they’re making the most of their time in the spotlight.

It could be a lengthy stay if this is anything to go by.

You’re From St Louis

Do you think the city of St Louis is over the Rams abandoning them in January 2016 for the glamour move to Los Angeles?

Consider that in the midst of this current NFL season, the league paid out almost US$800m to settle a lawsuit saying that they might not have been completely in the clear with their relocation.

🚨 BREAKING

Lawyers reached a $790M global settlement to resolve the St. Louis Rams Relocation Lawsuit. It is unclear what percentage will be paid by Stan Kroenke as compared to the NFL.

The deal does not include an expansion football team for St. Louis. https://t.co/MxPYRsrJKi

— Dan Lust 🎙 (@SportsLawLust) November 24, 2021

Sure the Edward Jones Dome was a bit of a cesspit but you don’t think the reported US$500m relocation fee Stan Kroenke paid (reportedly in cash) could have gone towards upgrading it or building a new venue like… oh say the $5b SoFi Stadium he got in LA?

Plenty of people in St Louis now consider themselves former Rams fans and would love nothing more than seeing their former team suffer another Super Bowl loss (not that they could bring themselves to support New England three years ago).

You’re an Arsenal Fan

Mr Kroenke is also not very popular in North London given his attitude towards the Premier League club he owns.

Fans have protested his involvement since he took over sole ownership and seeing the crown jewel of his sports team empire win a Super Bowl while the other one languishes in the middle of the Premier League table.

Stan Kroenke seeing Arsenal bottom of the table pic.twitter.com/nMNHNUrdZ0

— Simpsons Arsenal (@SimpsonsArsenal) August 28, 2021

You Backed Them To Win the Super Bowl in August

Perhaps the most obvious reason, you have a financial stake in the Bengals winning it all.

They were priced at $101 in April and actually maxed out at $251 in late September in our odds.

It might be a fairly nervous wait for any punter still holding their Bengals ticket.

Author: Paula Allen