By Monét Bowen
Howard University News Service
LOS ANGELES (HUNS) — Super Bowl LVI was one for the ages. Both teams put up a good fight until the clock struck 0:00. The Los Angeles Rams were able to pull out the win after completing a game-winning drive, while the Cincinnati Bengals committed a series of crucial defensive penalties late in the fourth quarter. With the 2021-22 NFL season wrapping up, there is a lot to analyze to determine the projection of the defending Super Bowl champions.
The Los Angeles Rams went all in for the Super Bowl. The team was full of stars but with contracts and negotiations in place, there is no telling what is in store for the upcoming season. High-profile players like Odell Beckham Jr., Von Miller and Sony Michel are playing on one-year leases. Being that there is only so much money to be dispersed, every superstar player won’t be able to stay.
The Rams went all in.
And won. pic.twitter.com/67xHAFUFoV
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) February 14, 2022
With the Rams having the most powerful wide receiver core in the NFL through the likes of Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, Robert Woods and DeSean Jackson, it will be interesting to see if the Rams and Beckham Jr. are able to reach an agreement, especially with him injuring his knee in the Super Bowl game.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) February 14, 2022
Von Miller was traded to the L.A. Rams for a second and third-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft. Despite being past his prime, Miller came to L.A. and added an extra defensive line force to be reckoned with. He finished with seven sacks and added a great sense of leadership.
No NFL player has more sacks in the Super Bowl than Von Miller (4.5).
*since 1982 when sacks became official pic.twitter.com/2hqFMzUSxk
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) February 14, 2022
Sony Michel served as a physical and strong running back for the Rams. He was crucial during the Rams losing streak during the regular season. Nonetheless, the Rams will likely go with Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson.
The @RamsNFL answer!
Sony Michel for SIX.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) October 8, 2021
Before the season started, the Detroit Lions traded quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff, a 2021 third-round pick, two first-round picks in 2022 and 2023. So, with four free agents and no first-round draft picks in this year’s upcoming draft, Rams General Manager Les Snead is in for a challenge. Will they be able to pull it off again?
Monét Bowen covers sports and other topics as a reporter and regional bureau chief for HUNewsService.com. She attended the Super Bowl as a participant in the NFL Experienceship program.