NFL betting: Best bets for Super Bowl MVP
Jack Green picks out his four best bets to lift the Pete Rozelle Trophy as Super Bowl LVI's most valuable player.
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The Super Bowl MVP award has been dominated by quarterbacks for a long time, but Kupp might have the best chance to claim the Pete Rozelle Trophy of any non-QB in recent memory.
The Rams’ star wide receiver is coming off a regular season in which he amassed 1,947 receiving yards – the second-highest total ever – and he’s added 386 yards and four touchdowns across three playoff games so far.
Nobody has been able to stop Kupp all season, and if he goes off again in a Rams win, he could easily beat quarterback Matthew Stafford to Super Bowl MVP.
Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl LIII MVP after a 10-catch, 141-yard game three years ago, and those figures are well within Kupp’s grasp considering he topped both of them in the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.
If the Bengals beat the Rams, Joe Burrow will probably win Super Bowl MVP. At +225 odds, though, there just isn’t much value in betting on him.
Chase looks a better wager after establishing himself as Burrow’s favourite target and one of the best receivers in the NFL in his rookie season.
The former LSU star broke the single-season rookie receiving yards record this year while scoring 13 touchdowns. He’s also gone over 100 yards in two of the three playoff games so far, and scored in the AFC Championship game.
Chase had a 266-yard, three-touchdown game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17. If he gets anywhere near those ridiculous numbers in a Bengals win, it’ll be impossible to deny him a Super Bowl MVP.
Aaron Donald is the obvious choice as a potential Super Bowl MVP on the defensive side of the ball, but Miller is a better bet at longer odds.
The edge rusher was named MVP of Super Bowl 50 as a member of the Denver Broncos, when he had 2.5 sacks and forced a fumble in a win over the Carolina Panthers.
Six years on, Miller is back in the Super Bowl as a member of the Rams and has had a huge impact since being traded mid-season. He’s had seven sacks in his last seven games, and forced and recovered a fumble in the Divisional Round win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Miller may not be quite the dominant force he was six years ago, but he’s still a disruptive pass rusher and is more than capable of another big Super Bowl performance.
If the Bengals can win a low-scoring game, Hendrickson is going to play a major role.
The fifth-year defensive end has had a huge first season in Cincinnati, with 14 sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games.
He’s now earned 27.5 total sacks in his last two seasons with the Bengals and New Orleans Saints, making him one of the most consistent pass rushers in the NFL over that period.
This Super Bowl will probably feature plenty of points, so it’s no surprise that Hendrickson is a 100-1 long shot, but he had 1.5 sacks in the AFC Championship game and is worth a flier.