Each day this week, we will bring you the latest Super Bowl LVI news and stories surrounding the big game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals.
We will also be taking a look at how the key market odds are changing as we head towards kick off on Sunday across our partner sportsbooks, starting today with BetMGM Sportsbook.
As always, Collin Hulbert will bring you a great selection of tips on the big game later this week, but there are so many intriguing stories around the biggest game of the year, that one article does not do them justice.
To start this series off, we are going to focus on the somewhat unlikely story of a Rams player set to play in another Super Bowl, two years after he retired from the NFL.
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Fit As A Fiddle Weddle Joins The Huddle To Help Rams Out Of A Muddle
Jan. 11: 37-year-old Eric Weddle was retired
Jan. 30: 37-year-old Eric Weddle led the Rams in tackles in NFC-clinching win pic.twitter.com/HfCpAyOz3q
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) January 31, 2022
Eric Weddle began his first stint as an NFL professional with the San Diego Chargers in 2007. In a 13-year career, Weddle missed just six games in a career that saw him spend nine years in San Diego, three in Baltimore with the Ravens before he called time on his career in 2019 with the Los Angeles Rams.
This season, the Rams saw their first-choice safety Jordan Fuller injured and the news that he would miss the playoffs meant that Taylor Rapp would ordinarily cover. However, with Rapp entering concussion protocol, the Rams were left in a bind at the specialist position in the back field.
Who could they turn to with very limited options available for such crucial games?
Weddle Answers The SOS Call
The answer was a former Rams player. But one who had retired just two years before.
Eric Weddle had, in that time, retained a high level of fitness and so when the Rams asked him to come out of retirement in their hour of need, he agreed.
He signed with the Rams practice squad on January 12th 2022, he was summarily promoted to the active roster during the playoffs and then in the NFC Championship game against the 49ers, Weddle led the Rams with nine tackles. More than Josh Norman, Von Miller and Aaron Donald. Combined.
Since signing his role in the team has become more important, moving from a situational player against Arizona, to playing 75% of snaps against the Buccaneers to 100% of snaps against the 49ers.
#Breaking #Rams win. Eric Weddle from the IE has a message to all of the 909 951 peeps. #NBCLA #NFCChampionship pic.twitter.com/8HFKJfuAJ0
— AlexVnews (@alexvnews) January 31, 2022
He is now likely to start for the Rams in this weekend’s Super Bowl giving him a chance to earn a Super Bowl ring across what for him is a four-game season.
In a season which has seen the Rams reinforce their team with some experienced signings in Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr, it may well be the surprise safety Eric Weddle that has provided the safety net for their Super Bowl push.
Latest Super Bowl Betting Odds
When betting opened up for Super Bowl LVI, the Rams were regarded by most sportsbooks as the -3.5 favorites to win the game.
However, there has been plenty of money for the Rams on that spread market and now the handicap has been increased further to -4.5 on the back of that.
The Rams are now 1/2 on the money line with the Bengals now rated as the 33/20 outsiders, and I can see a lot of Bengals fans taking a piece of that action over the coming days.
Why the jump in support for the Rams? Well playing on their home field should be a huge advantage and it is worth noting that the Bengals have not won a Super Bowl in any of their three previous attempts.
However, I think the Rams solid performance against the 49ers, a team that they had failed to beat on the six previous occasions they played, probably also showed punters that they have real heart and a desire to win.
However, with six days still to go before the game, and the first scheduled practices set to take place from tomorrow, those odds could change a great deal over the coming days.