Super Bowl Point Spreads: Alternate Betting Lines For Rams vs. Bengals

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While the current Super Bowl point spread at BetMGM has Rams -4.5 (-110)/Bengals +4.5 (-110), alternate lines can provide an enhanced Super Bowl experience for bettors who believe there is no value to be found on the standard betting line.

Major sportsbooks including BetMGM and DraftKings offer a wide range of alternate lines for each week’s NFL games. Super Bowl point spreads, of course, are more highly scrutinized. But bettors backing the Cincinnati Bengals or L.A. Rams have the opportunity to accelerate their earnings by laying more points with spread bets.

With the Super Bowl 56 line largely settling in, let’s examine different ways for bettors in each camp to attack alternate lines on this game.

Best Alternate Super Bowl Point Spreads For Betting The Bengals

If you’re a Bengals backer convinced Cincy will win outright as an underdog, why are you laying -110 to win $100 with 4.5 points? Check out these alternate point spreads at DraftKings (as of Thursday) and the potential value they offer, while considering the Bengals moneyline at BetMGM is +200.

Team/Alternate Odds    
Bengals -1 (+170)
Bengals -1.5 (+175)
Bengals -2 (+185)
Bengals -2.5 (+185)
Bengals -3 (+210)
Bengals -4 (+220)
Bengals -7 (+350)

You have four solid options here starting with Bengals -1 (+170) all the way down to -2.5 (+185) before hitting the key number ‘3’. You have the possibility of almost doubling your money if Cincy kicker Evan McPherson plays hero again and helps his team to a 3-point win with a late field goal. Such was the case in last week’s 27-24 win over K.C. in the AFC Championship Game, as well as in Cincy’s 19-16 win over Tennessee in the Divisional Round.

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Best Alternate Super Bowl Point Spreads For Betting The Rams

On the other side of the fence, there’s the L.A. Rams bettor who thinks Aaron Donald & Co. will expose Cincinnati’s offensive line and sack Joe Burrow multiple times. Burrow got sacked an astounding nine times in the Divisional Round win against the Titans. That tied an NFL record for most times sacked (Warren Moon). This Super Bowl, in the Rams backer’s mind, has blowout written all over it. Bettors should head to BetMGM, where they’ll find (again, as of Thursday) these alternate lines to boost potential payouts.

Team/Alternate Odds    
Rams -13.5 (+240)
Rams -13 (+240)
Rams -12.5 (+230)
Rams -12 (+230)
Rams -11.5 (+215)
Rams -11 (+210)
Rams -10.5 (+190)
Rams -9.5 (+175)
Rams -6.5 (+115)

Many of these bets will double bettors’ money and more if the Rams do what they believe the team will do in Super Bowl LVI.

It’s worth noting we’re not advising a bet on either the Bengals or the Rams. The fact is that alternate lines are out there as, well, an alternative. They can serve as true odds boosters for bettors confident in their side or total.

Speaking of totals….

Tweaking The Super Bowl Total With Alternate Lines

Let’s stay with BetMGM for alternate totals and their respective odds for Super Bowl 56. While the standard total sits 44.5, ‘over’ bettors can be handsomely rewarded for moving that number up, and ‘under’ players can increase their potential payout by adjusting it downward.

TotalOverUnder
39.5-370+260
40 -350+250
41-290+215
42-265+200
47.5-125-105
50+105-135
55+190-255
57.5+250-350
60+360-550

Public bettors typically bet the ‘over’ in the Super Bowl and in NFL games (or any sport, for that matter) in general. Who doesn’t like to root for a lot of points over a defensive struggle when kicking back with friends on Super Bowl Sunday? Contrarian bettors might look at that stout Rams defensive front, and expect Burrow to struggle due to its overwhelming pass rush. What if the Bengals can’t run the ball, either? Betting ‘under 39.5’ at an attractive +260 price doesn’t seem too unrealistic in that case.

Remember the final score of last year’s Big Game? Fireworks were expected with a total that climbed as high as 56.5, but only one team ultimately contributed. Bucs 31, Chiefs 9. Bettors who hit the lowest alternate ‘under’ line of 43.5 cashed their bets at +425 odds.

Always shop around the betting market for the best odds for your wagers.

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With more than 15 years of experience as a sports journalist, Kris Johnson’s work has appeared in Sports Business Daily, Sports Business Journal, NASCAR Illustrated, and more. Kris also wrote a sports-betting novel entitled The Endgame.

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