It's impossible to talk football without talking quarterbacks and Super Bowl 56 features a showdown between two passers that were taken first overall in the NFL Draft... for the purpose of turning around piss-poor franchises.
While Rams QB Matthew Stafford had to leave Detroit after 12 seasons before making the promised land, Joe Burrow has transformed the Bengals in just his second year in the league.
With so many Super Bowl player prop picks available for the NFL's newest star quarterback, there's one we're betting on early: Burrow's longest pass completion number, which hit the board at 39.5 yards but has seen the Super Bowl odds tick down to 38.5.
Super Bowl 56 longest pass completion odds
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Joe Burrow Longest pass completion pick
- Joe Burrow longest pass completion Over 38.5 (-110)
Pick made on January 31, 2022.
Joey Brr has been all about the big plays, leading all starting quarterbacks in yards per pass attempt (8.9) and ranking second in yards per completion (12.6) during the regular season. Burrow threw for a modest 250 yards against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game but he hooked up with Tee Higgins for a 44-yard gain and also had a 41-yard dump-and-run with Samaje Perine.
Burrow has now had a longest completion of at least 44 yards in five of his last six games. He also posted a pass completion of longer than 40 yards in seven of his first eight contests.
The Rams have a stout defense but they have allowed big plays lately, especially after losing starting safety Jordan Fuller to a season-ending injury in Week 18 versus the Niners. The Rams gave up pass completions of over 40 yards to Jimmy Garopollo in both the regular-season finale and the NFC Championship and they were also burned for 42-yard and 55-yard pass plays by Tom Brady in the divisional round.
Cincinnati's offense has been reliant on explosive plays this season and will need Burrow to attack downfield with Higgins and Ja'Marr Chase if they want to keep pace with L.A. at the Super Bowl.