Reasons to root for Rams to win Super Bowl 2022: Matthew Stafford can win his first championship, Cam Akers return

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The Los Angeles Rams, albeit the designated away team for Super Bowl LVI, will play in front of their home crowd at SoFi Stadium and are the betting favorites to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals and hoist the Lombardi Trophy. On the surface, the neutral NFL fan would be inclined to root for the Bengals, a franchise that has been the face of mediocrity in the league over the past 30 years. However, this Rams squad is chalk full of players and storylines that one can’t help but get behind and support on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Super Bowl 2022 will air live on NBC and Peacock on Sunday, February 13 with coverage starting at 12:00 p.m. ET. With just one week left, why should you root for the Los Angeles Rams this year? And if you’re looking for reasons to root for the Cincinnati Bengals, we’ve got you covered.

Matthew Stafford’s chance to win a Super Bowl

Up until this season, Matthew Stafford’s NFL career has come with an asterisk. Sure, his passing numbers rival some of the best at the quarterback position that we’ve ever seen, but Stafford played with the Detroit Lions and one could argue that he was the best of a bad situation. In other words, Stafford’s statistics were hollow.

Fast forward a year later and the former No. 1 overall pick has the rare opportunity to change his own narrative and brandish a new legacy for himself in the same way so many other quarterbacks have done by winning a Super Bowl, John Elway being the ideal example. Matthew Stafford left Motown and wants the Hollywood ending at Hollywood Park, and he has a cast of familiar characters to help him do just that. And one of them just so happens to be Stafford’s No. 1 option on offense.

Cooper Kupp: the best Wide Receiver in the NFL?

To put it simply, it’s hard not to root for a guy like Cooper Kupp who has become, arguably, the best wide receiver in the sport. Not only did Kupp win the Triple Crown this season (most receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns) but he has also stepped up big in the playoffs, recording 381 yards on 25 catches with four touchdowns in just three games. While Kupp has carried the Rams offense at times this postseason, he hasn’t been alone in wrecking opposing secondaries.

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Odell Beckham Jr.’s resurgence

The narrative that Odell Beckham Jr. is a bad teammate is nothing new, just look back at his tenure with the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns. But is Beckham finally beginning to show that he wasn’t the problem in his previous stops, and that he’s a pivotal part of a Super Bowl-winning roster? A ring on Beckham’s resume would go a long way to not only changing the perception of his football career, but also the way he’s regarded off the field.

Cam Akers’ return from injury

Looking to aid Kupp and Beckham from the backfield will be one of the most ferocious runners of the football: running back Cam Akers. Akers entered the 2021-2022 campaign as one of the few bellcow running backs left in the NFL. But a torn Achilles in mid-July derailed the hype train and put his future in doubt when he was placed on injured reserve. What happened next can only be described as a minor medical miracle: Akers not only returned to full health by the end of the regular season, but he was an immediate contributor in Los Angeles’ playoff run. A pair of fumbles against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round could’ve cost the Rams a shot at the Super Bowl, but Akers has proven that he’s a player to marvel at not just by the way he plays, but also because of how far he’s come to be a part of this year’s team.

Super Bowl 2022 odds, live stream

According to PointsBet as of February 6, the Los Angeles Rams are a -200 favorite to win it all while the Cincinnati Bengals are underdogs at +165.

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Super Bowl food 2023: Appetizer, entrée, and dessert ideas for Super Bowl LVII inspired by the Eagles and Chiefs

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As the countdown continues toward Super Bowl LVII, the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs are getting their game plans set. But while they go over their plays, the rest of America goes over their menus in preparation for the big day. When it comes to the Super Bowl, everything is always the best — the best teams, the best performers and, of course, the best food.

But how can you impress your party in the kitchen while showing support for your favorite team? Let’s take a look at some iconic food from each of the Super Bowl team cities to prepare for Super Bowl LVII.

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Philadelphia Super Bowl food

Crabfries

Why have plain old fries when you could have crabfries? That’s exactly what Pete Ciarrocchi, the CEO of the legendary Philadelphia restaurant Chickie and Pete’s, said one day when creating this intriguing concoction.

While the name may be misleading, crabfries do not contain any actual crab, but rather a blend of spices and Old Bay seasoning that allow the dish to take on a subtle seafood flavor. Topped with a creamy, cheesy dipping sauce, the crinkle-cut fries are sure to take your taste buds to the next level.

Cheesesteak sloppy joes

It simply isn’t Philly without a cheesesteak. Keep it casual in your kitchen on Super Bowl Sunday with Katie Lee Biegel’s Philly Cheesesteak sloppy joes, an easy way to rep the Birds.

Can’t get enough of the cheesesteak? Bring some more Philly specials to the table with this cheesesteak dip, the perfect way to amp up your appetizer game and leave party guests feeling like they just took a trip to the City of Brotherly Love.

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Water ice

Is the action of the game heating up? Cool down with a classic Philly treat, water ice. First originating in Bensalem, Pennsylvania in 1984, the icy dessert is now sold in over 600 stores nationwide. The original Rita’s Water Ice shop, however, still remains open for business.

You can even show a little extra passion for the Birds by whipping up this green apple variation, sure to leave you refreshed and ready for the Lombardi.

Kansas City Super Bowl food

Cheese slippers

If you’re looking for a classy, yet authentic appetizer to bring to the table, there’s no better fit than the cheese slipper. This ciabatta loaf baked with melty cheeses and topped with seasonal vegetables and herbs has Kansas City natives hooked.

While the bread is typically baked to perfection by local shops, test your own skill level with this gourmet slipper bread recipe that you can complete with the mouth-watering toppings of your choice.

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BBQ burnt ends

It’s rare to hear the words Kansas City without barbeque following short after. If you’re looking to impress your guests with your Super Bowl food spread, get out to the grill and start showing off.

While many cities in America know how to cook up some excellent BBQ, the combination of the sweet flavors and mouth-watering sauce has made Kansas City a hub for barbeque lovers for decades.

BBQ burnt ends, while a bit time-consuming, are  well worth a little elbow grease. The dish is also one of the few in Kansas City with a distinct origin story. The meal first found its creation at Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, a legendary African American restaurant in KC. Bryant originally made the burnt ends from the trimmings of pork belly, but since then, BBQ lovers have made incredible bites out of many styles of meat.

And if you’re feeling extra ambitious, try fixing up some classic Kansas City sides to pair with your entrée to perfection.

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Chiefs chocolate chip cookies

While there is no specific dessert that defines the Heart of America, you can still show your Kansas City pride with these ever-colorful Chiefs chocolate chip cookies.

Make sure to have your food dye handy, because the red and yellow hue of these cookies are sure to show everyone whose side you are on.

Or, if you’re feeling artistic, design an eye-catching Chiefs jersey out of the fan-favorite rice krispie treats. Whether you make Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce or Chris Jones, you’ll have the tastiest Super Bowl jerseys around.

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How to watch Super Bowl 2023: TV channel, live stream info, start time, halftime show, and more

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Super Bowl 2023 takes place on Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 PM ET at State Farm Stadium–home of the Arizona Cardinals–in Glendale, Arizona as Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles will look to win their second Lombardi Trophy in franchise history and Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs make their third Super Bowl appearance in the last four seasons.

Not only will the match up feature two top seeds for the first time since 2017, but Super Bowl 2023 will be especially monumental because this is the first time that two Black quarterbacks will face each other in the league’s biggest game of the year.

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Super Bowl 2023 will be nothing short of exciting, see below for additional information on how to watch/live stream the game as well as answers to all your frequently asked questions.

How to Watch Super Bowl 2023 – Philadelphia Eagles vs Kansas City Chiefs

  • Date: Sunday, February 12
  • Where: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Network: Fox

Who is playing in Super Bowl 2023?

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Who is the home team in Super Bowl 2023 and how is it determined?

The Philadelphia Eagles are the home team in Super Bowl 2023. The designated home team alternates each year between the NFC and AFC champions. If it is as odd-numbered Super Bowl, the NFC team is the designated home team. If it as even-numbered Super Bowl, the AFC team is the designated home team.

Which teams have been eliminated from the 2023 NFL Playoffs?

The Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals have all been eliminated from the 2023 NFL playoffs.

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Who is performing the halftime show at Super Bowl 2023?

It was announced in September, that international popstar, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Rihanna will headline the halftime show at Super Bowl 2023.

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Why does the NFL use Roman numerals?

AFL and Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt proposed using Roman numerals for each Super Bowl to add pomp and gravitas to the game. Roman numerals were, unsurprisingly, used in ancient Rome as a number system. I stands for 1, V for 5, X for 10, L for 50 and C for 100. That’s right: In 2066, get ready for Super Bowl C.

Super Bowl V was the first to use Roman numerals. They were retroactively added to the Super Bowl II to IV logos and have been used each year since⁠ until 2016. For Super Bowl L, or 50, the NFL tried out 73 different logos before breaking down and using a plain old “50.”

The Roman numerals for this year’s big game, Super Bowl 57, are LVII.

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How many Super Bowls have the Eagles won in franchise history?

The Eagles have won just one Super Bowl title in franchise history, however, Super Bowl LVII will be their fourth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.

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How many Super Bowls have the Chiefs won in franchise history?

The Chiefs have won two Super Bowls in franchise history (1969 and 2019). Super Bowl LVII will be the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl appearance.

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Who was the first Black quarterback to play in a Super Bowl?

Doug Williams was the first Black quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl. Williams, a product of Grambling State–a historically Black university–achieved the milestone on January 31, 1988 in Super Bowl XXII as the QB for Washington.

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