2022 Super Bowl Party Food & Drink Recipes: Picks & Cocktail Pairing for Rams vs. Bengals
Photo By Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images. Pictured: Tacos and a michelada at Tacos El Patron
Christi Walsh is an Action Network contributor who enjoys a side of sports betting with her typical snark.
With the 2022 Super Bowl quickly approaching, I thought it was time to dust off the old betting hat and get to it.
I mean, it’s not really that rusty. I wrote a delightfully witty article just a couple weeks ago, if I do say so myself.
But with the biggest game of the year looming, it's that time once again.
Someone give me all the booze, food and bets so that I can enjoy my last Sunday NFL game and wake up on Monday morning smelling like Stuckey — that unmistakable combo of Mexican beer and regrets.
Editor's Note: I added Stuckey's name to the sentence above in response to this tweet:
Good stuff. Sorry you have to work with PJ
— Stuckey (@Stuckey2) February 10, 2022
I have been having a hell of a time trying to figure out what bets to make for Super Bowl 56.
I mean, it’s the Rams and the Bengals. The effing Bengals!
Don’t get me wrong, I love Joe Burrow. LOVE him. But WTF happened here?
I saw none of this coming and I just can’t seem to wrap my head around the whole idea. So, I'm just going to go down in a blaze of glory with all the prop bets.
And maybe the under.
And do you know what goes great with prop bets and the under, and frankly anything?
Tacos and micheladas.
With the Super Bowl being held in Los Angeles, I asked my good friend Brett for some advice on all things L.A.
Super Bowl Party Food & Drink Recipes
Brett is a West Coaster with a penchant for fancy food and even fancier booze and I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why he hangs out with me.
So when I asked him what the most popular dishes and drinks in California were, he said, “Carne asada tacos and micheladas with double-layered corn tortillas made fresh on site. It's the meal that crosses all ethnic and socioeconomic classes in L.A.”
Brett is smart. Brett deserves better friends than me. I’ve got a one-way ticket on the hot mess express. But, at least I’ll have tacos and beer for my journey.
Click here for a recipe for Mexican street tacos from Damn Delicious that we both love for Super Bowl 56.
As for the michelada, think bloody mary with a beer base. If you're looking for a little local L.A. flair, the michelada should be your go-to as the perfect drink to start your Sunday (morning, I’m starting Sunday morning).
And while washing down tacos with micheladas, I'll be sweating these three Super Bowl bets.
Super Bowl Betting Picks
*Odds as of Friday afternoon
Rams vs. Bengals Under 48.5
Five of the six Bengals and Rams playoff games have gone under this postseason.
Also, the Bengals managed to hold Patrick Mahomes and Co. to just three points in the second half of the AFC Championship Game.
And finally, just 38% of bettors have taken the under but 80% of the money is on that side of the total.
I'm following the money, the micheladas and taking the under.
Tee Higgins (+4500) to Win Super Bowl MVP
This is an epic longshot but one of the best MVP Values available, according to The Action Network's Sean Koerner.
The potential for zone coverage gives Higgins a boost over Ja'Marr Chase and since the Rams love their zone, it makes sense to add Higgins to your Super Bowl betting card.
Coin Toss — Heads (-105)
There’s no rhyme or reason to the coin toss as it's seIf-explanatory — you’ve got a 50/50 shot.
I also have the emotional maturity of a 14-year-old girl, so I giggle every time.
Wait, with that thinking should I go tails?
Let's not overthink this and go with heads to get our Super Bowl betting off to a solid start.