The Stars to Watch in Super Bowl 2022

The Stars to Watch in Super Bowl 2022

Super Bowl 2022 is set for a 6:30pm ET kickoff on Sunday, February 13th between the Los Angeles Rams of the NFC and the Cincinnati Bengals of the AFC. The game will be played inside SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, which is normally the Rams’ home stadium.

This will mark just the second time an NFL franchise is playing in the Super Bowl in their home stadium – the first being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. As of right now, the Rams remain 4.5-point favorites against the Bengals in Super Bowl 22 for all you bettors out there.

There’s a lot to be excited about with Super Bowl 2022. Not only is it the biggest game of the year, but it’s between two teams most people didn’t expect to make it this far. On one side of the spectrum, you have a team full of veterans. On the other, you have a team full of young talent.

With that said, let’s take a look at 10 players on each team that you’re going to want to keep an eye on during Super Bowl 2022. 

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10 Rams’ Stars to Watch in Super Bowl 2022

The Stars to Watch in Super Bowl 2022
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The Los Angeles Rams finished the regular season with a 12-5 record and entered the playoffs as a No. 4 seed. They beat the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild Card, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round, and the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Conference Championship.

At one point in the season, this team was 7-1 and looked to be one of the best teams in the league. Then they lost three games straight before winning five of their final six games. They’re currently averaging 28.0 points per game and allowing just 18.33 points per game to opponents.

There are a lot of people that have contributed to the Rams’ success this season, so let’s take a look at some of the players we’re excited to watch in Super Bowl 2022. 

10. T Andrew Whitworth

Andrew Whitworth is a 6’7’’, 330-pound tackle for the Los Angeles Rams. At 40 years old, he’s currently playing in his 16th season and second Super Bowl – the first coming with the Rams in 2018. This is his fifth season with the Rams, but he spent his first 11 seasons with the Bengals.

Whitworth has been one of the best tackles in the game over the past 15 years and while he lost in the 2018 Super Bowl, he has an opportunity to play the team that drafted him and the team that he spent 11 years of his career with – the Bengals. It’s a great story for the veteran player. 

9. OLB Leonard Floyd

Leonard Floyd is a 6’5’’, 240-pound outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted ninth overall by the Chicago Bears in 2016, but joined the Rams in 2020 to make a run for a title – something he has a chance to do on February 13th during Super Bowl 2022. 

Floyd finished the 2022 regular season with 70 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception, and 3 passes defensed in 17 games played. He also has 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 sack in three games played during the 2022 playoffs. 

8. K Matt Gay

Matt Gay is a 6’0’’, 232-pound kicker for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019, joined the Rams in 2020, and became their full-time kicker this year. With how the playoffs have gone thus far, Super Bowl 2022 could come down to a field goal.

Gay finished the regular season making 32 of his 34 field goals (94.1%). He went 4 of 5 from between 50 and 59 yards out, and 7 of 8 from between 40 and 49 yards out. During the 2022 playoffs, he has made 7 of 9 field goals (77.8%) and is 3 of 5 from beyond 40 yards out. 

7. Sony Michel

Sony Michel is a 5’11, 215-pound running back for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted by the New England Patriots with the 31st overall pick in 2018 and is in his first season with the Rams. Michel played the Rams in the 2018 Super Bowl and scored the game’s only touchdown.

Michel spent the first three seasons of his career with New England, putting up more than 900 yards in two of those seasons. He was traded to the Rams ahead of the 2021 season, finishing the regular season with 845 yards and four touchdowns. He has 78 yards during the playoffs. 

6. Odell Beckham Jr. 

Odell Beckham Jr. is a 5’11’’, 198-pound wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted by the New York Giants with the 12th overall pick in 2014. It didn’t take long for him to adapt to the NFL, putting up at least 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first three seasons. 

After five seasons with the Giants, he spent the past two and a half years with the Cleveland Browns. The Rams acquired him in mid-November after being released by the Browns midseason. He has 236 yards and one touchdown for the Rams so far in the 2022 playoffs. 

5. Von Miller

Von Miller is a 6’3’’, 250-pound outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted second overall by the Denver Broncos in 2011 and spent the first nine and a half seasons with the team. He won a Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP with Peyton Manning back in 2015. 

Miller was traded to the Rams in November, right around the same time OBJ joined the team. He has been an excellent addition for the team, recording five sacks and one forced fumble in 8 games with the team during the regular season. He also has two sacks during the playoffs. 

4. Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald is a 6’1’’, 280-pound defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted by the Rams with the 13th overall pick in 2014 and has become one of the most dominant defensive tackles in NFL history. He has achieved a lot, but a Super Bowl would top everything.

Donald finished the regular season with 84 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 4 passes defensed in 17 games. It was the fifth straight season he had at least 11 sacks. He has nine tackles, two tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks during the 2022 playoffs. 

3. Jalen Ramsey

Jalen Ramsey is a 6’1’’, 208-pound cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the fifth overall pick in 2016 and has consistently been among the top cornerbacks in the league ever since. He’s known for his big plays and big personality. 

Ramsey was traded to the Rams midway through the 2019 season and only had 2 interceptions in his first 24 games for the team. He returned to form in 2021 with 4 interceptions and 16 passes defensed during the regular season. He currently has 3 passes defensed in the playoffs. 

2. Cooper Kupp

Cooper Kupp is a 6’2’’, 208-pound wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted by the Rams in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft and has emerged as one of the NFL’s premier receivers. In five years, he has recorded 433 receptions, 5,517 yards, and 40 touchdowns. 

Kupp is coming off a dominant 2021 campaign that included 145 catches, 1,947 yards, and 16 touchdowns – he led the league in all three categories. He has 25 catches, 386 yards, and four touchdowns in the playoffs. The Bengals are going to have their hands full with Kupp on Sunday.

1. Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford is a 6’3’’, 220-pound quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted first overall by the Detroit Lions in 2009 and spent the first 12 years of his career with the team. He could further add to his case for the Hall of Fame with a victory at Super Bowl 2022. 

Stafford finished the regular season with 4,886 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. It was tied for the most touchdowns and the third-most yards of his career. He has been lights out in the 2022 playoffs thus far, recording 905 yards, six touchdowns, and just one interception. 

10 Bengals’ Stars to Watch in Super Bowl 2022

The Stars to Watch in Super Bowl 2022
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The Cincinnati Bengals finished the regular season with a 10-7 record and entered the playoffs as a No. 4 seed – marking the first time a Super Bowl is being played between two No. 4 seeds. They beat the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs.

The Bengals had quite the up-and-down season. They started 3-1 and improved to 5-2 by Week 7, but lost two straight games heading into their bye week. They then won five of their next seven games out of the bye before losing their season finale against the Cleveland Browns.

There are a lot of young faces on this team and a lot of names you’ll want to remember, so let’s take a look at some of the Bengals’ players we’re excited to watch during Super Bowl 2022. 

10. Sam Hubbard

Sam Hubbard is a 6’5’’, 265-pound defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was drafted by the team in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft and became a full-time starter in 2019. He’s a hometown hero that played high school, college, and now pro football in the state of Ohio. 

Hubbard had 16.5 sacks through his first three seasons and finished with 7.5 more in 2021 – the second most of his career. He added 62 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. He has 3 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, and one forced fumble in the playoffs. 

9. Vonn Bell

Vonn Bell is a 5’11’’, 205-pound safety for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but this is his second season with the Bengals after signing with the team in 2020. He had 114 tackles in his first season with the team.

Bell finished the 2021 regular season with 97 tackles, five tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, eight passes defensed, and one interception (his first since joining the Bengals). He also has an interception and a sack during the 2022 playoffs. 

8. Logan Wilson

Logan Wilson is a 6’2’’, 241-pound linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was drafted by the team in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft and just finished his first season as a full-time starter. He set career-highs in every major statistical category during the 2021 regular season.

Wilson finished the year with 100 tackles, five tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one forced fumble, four interceptions, and four passes defensed in 13 games. He also has one tackle for loss, one interception, and one pass defensed in the playoffs. He could be a difference-maker on Sunday.

7. Tee Higgins

Tee Higgins is a 6’4’’, 215-pound wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was drafted by the team in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. After an impressive rookie season, he set career-highs in most major statistical categories in 2021, despite the rise of Ja’Marr Chase. 

Higgins finished the regular season with 74 catches, 1,091 yards, and six touchdowns. He had more than 100 yards in five of his final seven games. During the playoffs, he has 14 catches for 209 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown in the playoffs, but that might happen on Sunday.

6. Evan McPherson

Evan McPherson is a 5’10’’, 195-pound kicker for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was drafted by the team in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft and is one of several rookies that could have a large impact on Super Bowl 2022. He has made five game-winning field goals this season. 

During the regular season, he made 28 of 33 field goals, with all five misses coming from more than 40 yards out. Still, he was 9 of 11 from beyond 50 yards and made 46 of his 48 extra points. During the playoffs, he is a perfect 12 of 12 on field goals and 4 of 4 on extra points. 

5. Jessie Bates III

Jessie Bates III is a 6’1’’, 200-pound safety for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was drafted by the team in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft and has given the Bengals a dominant safety duo with Vonn Bell. If the Bengals want to win on Sunday, they’ll need Bates to perform well.

Bates finished the season with 88 tackles, three tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, four passes defensed, and one interception. He has 14 tackles, one interception, and five passes defensed in the playoffs. Don’t be surprised if he picks off Matthew Stafford on Sunday.

4. Joe Mixon

Joe Mixon is a 6’1’’, 220-pound running back for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was drafted by the team in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft and has been a mainstay on the team ever since. He posted at least 1,100 rushing yards for the third time in the past four seasons. 

Mixon finished the regular season with 1,205 rushing yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns. He also added a career-high 314 yards and three touchdowns through the air. During the playoffs, he has 190 rushing yards, 106 receiving yards, and one rushing touchdown thus far.

3. Trey Hendrickson

Trey Hendrickson is a 6’4’’, 270-pound defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals. Drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round in 2017, he is now in his first season with the Bengals. He was Vonn Bell’s teammate in New Orleans and now they’re playing in the Super Bowl. 

Hendrickson only had 6.5 sacks through his first three years in the league, but broke out with 13.5 sacks in 2020. He set a career-high of 14.0 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2021 with the Bengals. He has added 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble during the 2022 playoffs. 

2. Ja’Marr Chase

Ja’Marr Chase is a 6’1’’, 200-pound wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was drafted by the team with the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and is a front-runner for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award at the end of the season. He’s one of the best receivers in the league.

Chase finished the regular season with 81 catches for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had seven games of over 100 yards, two of which were over 200 yards and one of which was 266 yards. He also has 20 receptions, 271 yards, and one touchdown during the 2022 playoffs. 

1. Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow is a 6’4’’, 221-pound quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was drafted by the team with the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He played 10 games his rookie season before suffering a season-ending injury. At the time, he had led the Bengals to a 2-7-1 record.

Now in his second season, Burrow looks like the quarterback we knew he could be. He had 4,611 yards, 34 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He led the league in completion percentage at 70.1% and currently has 842 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions in the playoffs. 

Who Are the Head Coaches for Super Bowl 2022?

Super Bowl 2022 will feature the youngest pair of Super Bowl head coaches in NFL history. Sean McVay, the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, just turned 36 years old at the end of last month. Zac Taylor, the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, is currently 38 years old. 

McVay is making his second Super Bowl appearance in his fifth year as head coach of the team. He last made it in 2018, but lost to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The team is 55-26 under his leadership and will enter Super Bowl 22 as the favorites – it’s theirs to lose. 

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Taylor is making his first Super Bowl appearance in his third year as head coach of the team. He was a member of McVay’s staff (quarterbacks coach) when the Rams made it to the Super Bowl in 2018. Although they’re the underdogs entering Super Bowl 22, they like it that way.

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