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NFL: Apple raring to go against Rams' receiving corps

Cornerback Eli Apple says the Cincinnati Bengals secondary must continue to make big plays as they prepare to stop the Los Angeles Rams' talented receiving corps from deciding Super Bowl LVI.

The Rams' top three wideouts - Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr and Van Jefferson - are 6/1, 22/1 and 100/1 respectively to score the first touchdown of Sunday's game at SoFi Stadium, with match on the Sports Live Streaming hub.

Stafford-Kupp connection

Kupp broke all kinds of receiving records this past season and during the playoffs, where he has been Rams' quarterback Matthew Stafford's number one target.

But Beckham Jr has also established some chemistry with Stafford in the postseason, where the duo have connected on 19 of 23 targets, gaining 236 yards with one touchdown.

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Jefferson, who has been limited in practice this week, has reeled in only five catches for 79 yards in the three playoff games that have led up to the Super Bowl, but Apple understands his worth to the Rams' receiver group.

"They're a very talented group," he told Bengals.com.

"They have a great quarterback to get them the ball. It's going to be a fun opportunity for us to go out there and show our talents. We've had to go against great receivers this whole season so, there's nothing different mindset-wise.

"Every game, especially these last three playoff games, we've had to make plays and we like that. (We) like that pressure on us to where we've got to win the game."

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Germaine Pratt's interception of Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr at the two-yard line with 12 seconds left of the Wild Card game gave the Bengals' their first playoff win in 31 years to kickstart Cincinnati's run to the Super Bowl.

And Apple had no hesitation in nominating that as his highlight from the secondary's standpoint.

"To then go on from there making plays every game. We've got to keep it going."

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