Super Bowl score predictions: ESPN experts pick Rams-Bengals, MVP of the game

The season finale is upon us. The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams will square off Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, for Super Bowl LVI.

Many questions will be answered. Can the Rams capitalize on playing in their home stadium, something few teams get to experience? Will 2020 No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow and 2021 first-round pick Ja'Marr Chase cap off a dream season with the ultimate win? Will Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp put on a show and then rely on Aaron Donald to hold it down on defense? Will Bengals kicker Evan McPherson win another game on a last-second field goal? Can Odell Beckham Jr. shine on the big stage and solidify his comeback? The possibilities with this game are endless. And if these two teams show off what made them great the entire season, we should be in for a treat Sunday.

Ahead of the 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff, we asked ESPN's analysts, writers, commentators, columnists and pundits to make their predictions for the big game. More than 70 experts so far have weighed in on the winner of Rams-Bengals, the final score of the game and who will earn the MVP award. We'll add more predictions leading up to the game.

Here is how they picked, along with some breakdown of the numbers. And be sure to check out all of our Super Bowl preview content.

Rams have the advantage, 43-33

Of 76 experts who weighed in, the Rams were favored by 43 of them (56.6%), while the Bengals claimed 33 votes (43.4%).

The most common predicted final score was 27-24, picked by seven of our experts. The lowest combined total was 34 (18-16). The highest combined score was 83 (45-38). The largest margin of victory predicted was 22 points (43-21). Fifty-six of the experts said this game will be decided by a touchdown or less.

Betting context: Caesars Sportsbook currently favors Los Angeles by 3.5 points. Thirty-six of the 76 experts have the Rams covering that spread, while 40 say the Bengals will cover. The over/under is 48.5 at Caesars Sportsbook. Forty-nine of the experts in this pool have the game going over that total, while 27 like the under.

ESPN's Football Power Index: FPI likes the Rams (66.3%) by an average of 4.4 points.

Predicting a Rams win (43)

Aaron Schatz, EIC at Football Outsiders: 31-20
Adam Teicher, Chiefs reporter: 27-19
Alaina Getzenberg, Bills reporter: 31-27
Alden Gonzalez, reporter: 31-20
Alan Hahn, ESPN radio: 34-17
Ashley Brewer, SportsCenter anchor: 31-24
Bart Scott, ESPN radio: 28-20
Brady Henderson, Seahawks reporter: 26-21
Courtney Cronin, Vikings reporter: 30-21
Dan Orlovsky, NFL analyst: 27-23
David Newton, Panthers reporter: 23-20
Doug Kezirian, ESPN Chalk: 24-20
Ed Werder, NFL reporter: 34-28
Eric Woodyard, Lions reporter: 26-20
Freddie Coleman, ESPN radio: 28-24
Ian Fitzsimmons, ESPN radio: 28-20
Jamison Hensley, Ravens reporter: 31-17
Jeff Saturday, NFL analyst: 31-28
John Keim, Commanders reporter: 23-16
Jordan Raanan, Giants reporter: 26-17
Kelsey Riggs, All ACC host: 27-24
Kevin Connors, studio anchor: 26-19
Kevin Negandhi, SportsCenter anchor: 31-27
Laura Rutledge, NFL Live host: 35-28
Marcus Spears, NFL analyst: 31-24
Mel Kiper Jr., NFL draft analyst: 31-21
Michael DiRocco, Jaguars reporter: 31-27
Michael Eaves, SportsCenter anchor: 34-31
Michael Rothstein, Falcons reporter: 34-30
Michelle Beisner-Buck, NFL reporter: 24-21
Mike Reiss, Patriots reporter: 31-23
Mike Tannenbaum, NFL analyst: 37-21
Mike Triplett, Saints reporter: 29-20
Mike Wells, Colts reporter 27-21
Mina Kimes, NFL analyst: 31-28
Randy Scott, SportsCenter anchor: 31-20
Rob Demovsky, Packers reporter: 27-23
Seth Walder, analytics writer: 27-13
Seth Wickersham, NFL writer: 23-20
Stan Verrett, SportsCenter anchor: 31-24
Tim Hasselbeck, NFL analyst: 24-17
Tim Keown, writer: 31-14
Tim McManus, Eagles reporter: 34-20

Predicting a Bengals win (33)

Ben Baby, Bengals reporter: 28-24
Brian Custer, SportsCenter anchor: 30-28
Brooke Pryor, Steelers reporter: 21-17
Chris Canty, ESPN radio: 26-23
Dan Graziano, national NFL reporter: 27-24
David Fleming, writer: 26-24
David Lloyd, SportsCenter anchor: 26-24
Elizabeth Merrill, writer: 21-20
Field Yates, NFL analyst: 30-26
Gary Striewski, SC on Snapchat host: 37-24
Jake Trotter, Browns reporter: 21-20
Jason Fitz, ESPN radio: 34-31
Jeremy Fowler, national NFL reporter: 27-24
Jordan Reid, NFL draft analyst: 34-31
John Buccigross, SportsCenter anchor: 18-16
Josh Weinfuss, Cardinals reporter: 27-21
Kevin Seifert, national NFL reporter: 35-31
Kimberley A. Martin, NFL reporter: 27-24
Linda Cohn, SportsCenter anchor: 24-17
Marcel Louis-Jacques, Dolphins reporter: 28-27
Mike Greenberg, Get Up host: 27-26
Nick Wagoner, 49ers reporter: 27-24
Nicole Briscoe, SportsCenter anchor: 45-38
Paul Gutierrez, Raiders reporter: 24-23
Rich Cimini, Jets reporter: 27-24
Rob Ninkovich, NFL analyst: 28-17
Ryan Smith, SportsCenter anchor: 20-18
Sarah Barshop, Texans reporter: 30-24
Sarah Spain, ESPNW: 26-21
Shelley Smith, Chargers reporter: 43-21
Todd Archer, Cowboys reporter: 27-23
Todd McShay, NFL draft analyst: 27-23
Turron Davenport, Titans reporter: 27-24

Super Bowl MVP

Burrow was the most common pick to win Super Bowl MVP. A little bit surprising, because he's the quarterback of the team most of our experts picked to lose the Super Bowl. Thirty of the 76 experts who weighed in on MVP picked Burrow, 39.5% of the vote. Seven of the past 10 Super Bowl MVPs have been quarterbacks.

Stafford was the next-most-common pick with 14 votes (18.4%). Kupp and Donald followed closely earning 13 votes (17.1%) each. Odds below are via Caesars Sportsbook.

Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals (+220): Ben Baby, Brian Custer, Brooke Pryor, Chris Canty, Dan Graziano, David Fleming, David Lloyd, Elizabeth Merrill, Field Yates, Gary Striewski, Jake Trotter, Jason Fitz, Jordan Reid, Josh Weinfuss, Kevin Seifert, Kimberley A. Martin, Linda Cohn, Mike Greenberg, Nick Wagoner, Paul Gutierrez, Rich Cimini, Ryan Smith, Sarah Barshop, Sarah Spain, Shelley Smith, Todd Archer, Todd McShay, Jeremy Fowler, Nicole Briscoe, Rob Ninkovich

Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams (+700): Alden Gonzalez, Ashley Brewer, Brady Henderson, Courtney Cronin, David Newton, Doug Kezirian, Mike Triplett, Mike Wells, Mina Kimes, Randy Scott, Seth Wickersham, Tim McManus, Jeff Saturday

Matthew Stafford, QB, Rams (+120): Aaron Schatz, Adam Teicher, Alaina Getzenberg, Alan Hahn, Dan Orlovsky, Eric Woodyard, Freddie Coleman, Ian Fitzsimmons, Kelsey Riggs, Mel Kiper Jr., Michael Rothstein, Michelle Beisner-Buck, Rob Demovsky, Stan Verrett

Aaron Donald, DT, Rams (+1800): Bart Scott, Ed Werder, Jamison Hensley, John Keim, Jordan Raanan, Kevin Negandhi, Laura Rutledge, Marcus Spears, Mike Reiss, Mike Tannenbaum, Seth Walder, Tim Hasselbeck, Tim Keown

Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Bengals (+1200): John Buccigross, Turron Davenport

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Rams (+1600): Michael DiRocco, Michael Eaves

Tee Higgins, WR, Bengals (+4000): Marcel Louis-Jacques

Jalen Ramsey, CB, Rams (+6000): Kevin Connors