experience vs. Youth? Super Bowl LVI will have a marked age difference


The Rams and the Bengals have a date with history on Sunday, February 13 in Super Bowl LVI, who will keep the Vince Lombardi trophy?

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This Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI between Los Angeles and Cincinnati will face two squads that contrast for the veteran of the star players of the Rams and the youth of the protagonists of the Bengals.

The age difference is marked from the quarterbacks:

  • Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, 33third best in yards in the season, is an offensive leader with 12 years of experience in the NFL, 10 with the Detroit Lions and two with Los Angeles, who will seek to win their first Super Bowl.
  • His rival on the Bengals, 25-year-old Joe Burrow, He was just beginning his college career at Ohio State in 2015 when Stafford was playing his fifth season. with Detroit and already had experience from a couple of playoff appearances.

Although Burrow is in his second season with Cincinnati, he is considered the next big thing in the NFL.

A national champion with the University of Louisiana and a Heisman Trophy winner as a collegiate, Burrow has already led his team to the Division North title, the AFC championship, received the 2021 NFL Comeback Player award and will now play the Super Bowl.

The duel of receivers is no less interesting. In the Rams they have Cooper Kupp, 28winner of the triple crown for most catches, 145, most yards 1,947 and most touchdowns, 16, in addition to being recognized as the Offensive Player of the Year.

The counterweight on the Bengals is called Ja’Marr Chase, 21, the youngest on the team, designated as the Offensive Rookie of the season; he was the fourth-best receiver of the season with 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Rams also have more experience than Cincinnati in the running game, albeit by only a year difference.

Austin Ekeler, 26, had 911 yards on the year and 12 touchdowns, trailing 25-year-old Joe Mixon, third in the NFL with 1,205 yards and 13 touchdowns with the Bengals.

Los Angeles’ defense boasts the experience of 30-year-old lineman Aaron Donald, a danger to opposing quarterbacks; he had 12.5 sacks on the season and caused four fumbles. This will be his second Super Bowl.

Despite having less experience than Donald, Trey Hendrickson, Cincinnati’s 27-year-old defensive end, was better in sacks, adding 14 sacks and causing three fumbles.

The age contrast in the Super Bowl extends to the kickers

Matt Gay, born in 1994, with experience in the Buccaneers, Colts and now the Rams, boasts an ERA of 94.1 percent, the second best in the NFL.

For the Bengals is 22-year-old rookie Evan McPherson, the team’s second-youngest player, who enters the Super Bowl confident that he’s made all 12 of his playoff field goal attempts.

The age gap is closing on coaches, with the Rams’ 36-year-old Sean McVay being younger than newly named Coach of the Year Zac Taylor, 38.

They are the men to watch, experience against youth in Super Bowl LVI that will be played this Sunday between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium, in Inglewood, California.


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