NFL Prop Bet: Super Bowl XLIX MVP Odds

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the favorite and Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith is a longshot on the odds to win the Super Bowl XLIX MVP award released this week by online sportsbook Bovada.

Brady sits as the 8/5 favorite on the odds to win the Super Bowl XLIX MVP at Bovada, an award he also won in Super Bowl XXXVI and Super Bowl XXXVIII. Brady threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns with an interception in the Patriots' 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch are then at 7/2 and 4/1 on the odds to win the Super Bowl XLIX MVP award at Bovada, with Lynch rushing for 157 yards and a touchdown in the team's comeback win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game and Wilson throwing the game-winning TD strike in overtime in that contest.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is at 9/1 odds at Bovada, with New England running back LeGarrette Blount at 12/1 odds. Gronkowski had just three catches for 28 yards but scored a touchdown in the AFC Championship Game, while Blount exploded for 148 yards and three scores in the blowout win.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman sits behind the top contenders on the Super Bowl XLIX MVP odds at Bovada at 33/1 odds, while linebacker Smith is a 100/1 longshot on the list. Smith won the MVP award in the Seahawks' victory over the Denver Broncos last season in Super Bowl XLVIII.

A quarterback had won the Super Bowl MVP award four years in row until Smith broke up that streak last season, and since Brady won his first Super Bowl MVP award a quarterback has taken the honors eight times in 13 games. Safety Dexter Jackson of the Bucs was the Super Bowl XXXVII MVP, while wide receivers Deion Branch, Hines Ward, and Santonio Holmes also won the award in that span.

The last time a running back won the Super Bowl MVP was at Super Bowl XXXII, when Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos took home the award.

Super Bowl XLIX MVP - Odds to Win at Bovada
  • Tom Brady 8/5 - WINNER
  • Russell Wilson 7/2
  • Marshawn Lynch 4/1
  • Rob Gronkowski 9/1
  • LeGarrette Blount 12/1
  • Julian Edelman 25/1
  • Darrelle Revis 33/1
  • Doug Baldwin 33/1
  • Kam Chancellor 33/1
  • Richard Sherman 33/1
  • Earl Thomas 40/1
  • Bobby Wagner 50/1
  • Jamie Collins 50/1
  • Jermaine Kearse 50/1
  • Brandon LaFell 66/1
  • Shane Vereen 66/1
  • Danny Amendola 75/1
  • K.J. Wright 75/1
  • Byron Maxwell 100/1
  • Devin McCourty 100/1
  • Dont'a Hightower 100/1
  • Luke Willson 100/1
  • Malcolm Smith 100/1
  • Patrick Chung 100/1
  • Rob Ninkovich 100/1
  • Stephen Gostkowski 100/1
  • Steven Hauschka 100/1
  • Field 25/1
Past Super Bowl MVP Winners
Game Winner Team Position
I 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
V 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
X 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
XLIX Tom Brady New England Patriots Quarterback

Archived -  Super Bowl XLVIII MVP

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.

Odds to Win Super Bowl XLVIII 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

Archived -  Super Bowl XLVII MVP

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 XLVII 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

Archived -  Super Bowl XLVI MVP

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 XLVI 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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