NFL Prop Bets: Super Bowl MVP Odds

The Seahawks' Richard Sherman made the big play and the headlines in the NFC Championship Game, but can he come up big again in the title game against the Broncos and pay off on the odds to win the Super Bowl 48 MVP award at the sportsbooks?

Sherman is listed at 16/1 on the opening Super Bowl MVP odds at Bovada, putting him in a tie with Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, Broncos WR Wes Welker, and Seahawks WR Percy Harvin on that list.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the 8/5 favorite on the Super Bowl MVP odds at Bovada, followed by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at 13/4, and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch at 6/1. Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno rounds out the top contenders at 18/1.

Here's a look at the complete opening odds to win Super Bowl MVP at the sportsbook . . .

Odds to Win Super Bowl MVP at Bovada:

Peyton Manning (DEN) 8/5
Russell Wilson (SEA) 13/4
Marshawn Lynch (SEA) 6/1
Demaryius Thomas (DEN) 16/1
Wes Welker (DEN) 16/1
Richard Sherman (SEA) 16/1
Percy Harvin (SEA) 16/1
Knowshon Moreno (DEN) 18/1
Eric Decker (DEN) 20/1
Julius Thomas (DEN) 25/1
Golden Tate (SEA) 33/1
Earl Thomas (SEA) 33/1
Doug Baldwin (SEA) 40/1
Montee Ball (DEN) 50/1
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DEN) 50/1
Kam Chancellor (SEA) 66/1
Danny Trevathan (DEN) 66/1
Champ Bailey (DEN) 66/1
Zach Miller (SEA) TE 75/1
Matt Prater (DEN) 100/1
Steven Hauschka (SEA) 100/1
Duke Ihenacho (DEN) 100/1
Michael Bennett (SEA) 100/1
Field (Any Other Player) 20/1

Past Super Bowl MVP Winners

Game Winner  Team  Position 
Bart Starr Green Bay Packers  Quarterback 
II  Bart Starr Green Bay Packers  Quarterback 
III  Joe Namath New York Jets  Quarterback 
IV  Len Dawson Kansas City Chiefs  Quarterback 
Chuck Howley Dallas Cowboys  Linebacker 
VI  Roger Staubach Dallas Cowboys  Quarterback 
VII  Jake Scott  Miami Dolphins  Safety 
VIII  Larry Csonka Miami Dolphins  Running back 
IX  Franco Harris Pittsburgh Steelers  Running back 
Lynn Swann Pittsburgh Steelers  Wide receiver 
XI  Fred Biletnikoff Oakland Raiders  Wide receiver 
XII  Harvey Martin Dallas Cowboys  Defensive end 
XII  Randy White Dallas Cowboys  Defensive tackle 
XIII  Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers  Quarterback 
XIV  Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers  Quarterback 
XV  Jim Plunkett  Oakland Raiders  Quarterback 
XVI  Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers  Quarterback 
XVII  John Riggins Washington Redskins  Running back 
XVIII  Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders  Running back 
XIX  Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers  Quarterback 
XX  Richard Dent Chicago Bears  Defensive end 
XXI  Phil Simms  New York Giants  Quarterback 
XXII  Doug Williams  Washington Redskins  Quarterback 
XXIII  Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers  Wide receiver 
XXIV  Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers  Quarterback 
XXV  Ottis Anderson  New York Giants  Running back 
XXVI  Mark Rypien  Washington Redskins  Quarterback 
XXVII  Troy Aikman Dallas Cowboys  Quarterback 
XXVIII  Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys  Running back 
XXIX  Steve Young San Francisco 49ers  Quarterback 
XXX  Larry Brown  Dallas Cowboys  Cornerback 
XXXI  Desmond Howard  Green Bay Packers  Kick returner
XXXII  Terrell Davis  Denver Broncos  Running back 
XXXIII  John Elway Denver Broncos  Quarterback 
XXXIV  Kurt Warner  St. Louis Rams  Quarterback 
XXXV  Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens  Linebacker 
XXXVI  Tom Brady New England Patriots  Quarterback 
XXXVII  Dexter Jackson  Tampa Bay Buccaneers  Safety 
XXXVIII  Tom Brady New England Patriots  Quarterback 
XXXIX  Deion Branch New England Patriots  Wide receiver 
XL  Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers  Wide receiver 
XLI  Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts  Quarterback 
XLII  Eli Manning New York Giants  Quarterback 
XLIII  Santonio Holmes Pittsburgh Steelers  Wide receiver 
XLIV  Drew Brees New Orleans Saints  Quarterback 
XLV  Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers  Quarterback 
XLVI  Eli Manning New York Giants  Quarterback 
XLVII Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens Quarterback
XLVIII Malcolm Smith Seattle Seahawks Linebacker

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The last time that the Baltimore Ravens were in the Super Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis was named the Most Valuable Player of the contest.

Can Lewis repeat that feat on February 3 as his Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans?

Lewis is third at 6/1 on the odds to win the Super Bowl MVP at Bovada, which has him behind the two starting quarterbacks for the game - the Niners' Colin Kaepernick is the favorite at 7/4 on the Super Bowl MVP odds list, with the Ravens' Joe Flacco at 5/2.

Kaepernick wasn't even a starter until Week 11 of the season, proving that it's not always the glam QB or star wide receiver that gets the Super Bowl MVP odds attention.

Niners running back Frank Gore then holds down 17/2 odds on that Super Bowl prop bet at Bovada, with Ravens running back Ray Rice at 12/1 odds. San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree is at 16/1 on the Super Bowl MVP odds, with Baltimore counterpart Anquan Boldin at 18/1. Here are the complete odds to win the Super Bowl MVP award.

Odds to Win Super Bowl MVP at Bovada:

Colin Kaepernick (SF) QB 7/4
Joe Flacco (BAL) QB 5/2
Ray Lewis (BAL) LB 6/1
Frank Gore (SF) RB 17/2
Ray Rice (BAL) RB 12/1
Michael Crabtree (SF) WR 16/1
Anquan Boldin (BAL) WR 18/1
Torrey Smith (BAL) WR 20/1
Vernon Davis (SF) TE 22/1
Aldon Smith (SF) LB 25/1
Dennis Pitta (BAL) TE 33/1
Ed Reed (BAL) FS 33/1
Randy Moss (SF) WR 40/1
LaMichael James (SF) RB 50/1
Terrell Suggs (BAL) LB 50/1
Dashon Goldson (SF) FS 66/1
David Akers (SF) K 66/1
NaVorro Bowman (SF) LB 66/1
Patrick Willis (SF) LB 66/1
Bernard Pierce (BAL) RB 75/1
Delanie Walker (SF) TE 75/1
Justin Tucker (BAL) K 75/1
Ted Ginn Jr. (SF) WR 75/1
Alex Smith (SF) QB 100/1
The Field 22/1

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There will be three former Super Bowl MVPs on the field in Super Bowl XLVI between the New England Patriots and New York Giants but the only double-winner is the runaway pick as top betting choice for this year.

Tom Brady is +115, by far the shortest Super Bowl MVP odds on the board at 5Dimes. His counterpart, the MVP of Super Bowl 42 four years ago, is Eli Manning, second at +175.

And the third member of this elite group is a whopping 66/1 longshot. Deion Branch won the award at Super Bowl 39 as the Patriots beat the Eagles.

Why are the QBs so far ahead of the field when it comes to Super Bowl MVP odds? Because they usually win the award. Four of the past five winners were QBs, with only Santonio Holmes - then with Pittsburgh - breaking up the run.

And running backs almost never win, which accounts for the longshot odds of Ahmad Bradshaw and Benjarvus Green-Ellis at +3000 and +4000 respectively.

The last RB to win the award was Terrell Davis for Denver back at Super Bowl 32. Since 1985 it has only happened three times with Emmitt Smith in Dallas and Ottis Anderson for the Giants also winning the award at that position.

Of course, both the Giants and Patriots love to pass, but the Giants could be the type of team to use the 1-2 punch of Bradshaw and fullback Brandon Jacobs to good effect. If they can establish a ground game, it keeps Brady off the field, limiting his chances to earn MVP votes.

The third pick for Super Bowl XLVI isn't even practising this week. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has a leg injury, but oddsmakers at 5Dimes respect his gamebreaking skills, making him +700.

Wideouts Wes Welker and Victor Cruz are next at +1400, while Hakeen Nicks is +1600.

Don't think it's worth the risk of picking a defensive player like Jason Pierre-Paul? The defensive player of the year candidate is a huge +5500 longshot (that's 55/1 odds) and Vince Wilfork is +6000 for New England.

More defensive players have won the award in the past 15 years (3) than running backs (Ray Lewis, Larry Brown and Dexter Jackson, who had two INTs for Tampa Bay).

Check out the full list of Super Bowl XLVI MVP odds courtesy of 5Dimes and watch for injury situations during the week to change these numbers.

Odds to Win Super Bowl MVP at 5Dimes:

Tom Brady +115
Eli Manning +175
Rob Gronkowski +700
Victor Cruz +1400
Wes Welker +1400
Hakeem Nicks +1600
Aaron Hernandez +1600
Ahmad Bradshaw +3000
BenJarvus Green-Ellis +4000
Mario Manningham +5000
Jason Pierre-Paul +5500
Brandon Jacobs +6600
Vince Wilfork +6600
Deion Branch +6600
Stevan Ridley +8000
Stephen Gostkowski +8000
Danny Woodhead +8000
Julian Edelman +10000
Osi Umenyiora +12500
Sterling Moore +12500
Chad Ochocinco +12500
Chris Canty +15000
Brandon Spikes +15000
Kevin Faulk +15000
Justin Tuck +15000

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