Super Bowl 50 Prop Bets: Who Wins Super Bowl MVP?
Super Bowl 50 is going to be a fun event, as it’s that rare title game where two extremely different story-lines are equally acceptable.
A year ago we had the Patriots and Seahawks, who pretty much no one wanted to win. One had to win, though, therefore taking away the dual threat story arch. This year we have it in spades, as the Carolina Panthers vie for their first ever Lombardi Trophy and will be playing in their second Super Bowl in team history.
Obviously Carolina winning their first title would be huge, but you also have the swagger of Cam Newton hanging over this game. That’s something you either hate or love with a passion and it brings a very different twist to the big game. Personally, I think it’s awesome and I’ll be pulling for the Panthers.
But again, there’s that other side. The whole “defense wins championships” mantra could be alive and well in this one, while there is also the undying possibility that Peyton Manning rides off into the sunset with one more ring.
With these two monster-sized Super Bowl story-lines comes some off kilter fun, some natural betting and of course, some sweet Super Bowl prop bets. Let’s start the long process out by breaking down the most likely Super Bowl MVP candidates to get the ball rolling for the next week:
Cam Newton (5/7 odds)
Newton has looked like the best player in the league all year and just got done destroying a good Arizona defense to the tune of four scores last week. Denver’s pass rush made Tom Brady look pedestrian, but it will be interesting to see if they can do the same against a stronger and more mobile Newton. Newton’s pass protection has been amazing throughout the playoffs, too, as he’s been even touched just three times in two games.
The betting line favors the Panthers, so it makes sense that someone from Carolina would likely win the Super Bowl MVP. Running back Jonathan Stewart (22/1 odds) could go nuts with a 100+ yard and 2-score game like he did two playoff games ago and Ted Ginn Jr. (22/1 odds) could claim it with a few big plays in the passing game and on special teams, but if the Panthers win, Newton is probably the main reason why.
Peyton Manning (11/4)
Ditto for Manning, who could win this just by default if the Broncos can claim their third ever Super Bowl title. This is Manning’s fourth Super Bowl try and would be his second ring, so it would make a lot of sense if he was handed the Super Bowl MVP even if he wasn’t that deserving.
Manning wasn’t amazing in his first two playoff games, but he also wasn’t atrocious. He was plagued by drops in Denver’s first playoff win and last week he helped the offense get off to a hot start with two scores. Manning has crumbled under the pressure of the Super Bowl twice before and very well could again here, but if Denver wins and he’s even remotely decent, he’d make sense as the Super Bowl MVP.
Luke Kuechly (14/1)
Kuechly has been a total mad man, as he wrapped up his fourth year in the league with 118 tackles, one sack, four picks and an interception returned for a touchdown. He added another last week in a rout of the Cardinals, which made him and the Panthers defense look rather scary. Kuechly could easily win the Super Bowl MVP if he did something like that again, got a little more active in the sack department or even just kept wrecking via tackles.
These three guys have the best Super Bowl MVP odds by far, simply because they’re the biggest stars in the game. We really can’t rule out sack machine, Von Miller, speedy wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas or stud tight end Greg Olsen (all 22/1 odds to win Super Bowl MVP), however.
Thinking or expecting anyone else will win is silly and not very likely, but often Super Bowl prop betting has nothing to do with what you think will happen. That could have the aged but still effective DeMarcus Ware (33/1 odds) still in play, or even someone that isn’t even being listed in the odds.
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