Super Bowl XLIX MVP Odds

Super Bowl XLIX MVP Odds

Hard to fathom, but Super Bowl XLIX has somehow managed to be brushed aside in the wake of the nonsensical coverage of “deflatedballsgate”. That’s right, the actual game played between a pair of really good teams that will end the 2014 NFL season is page 2 reading. A game that could cement the Belichick-Brady legacy, because four rings looks better than three. A game that could cement the Seahawks’ dynasty, because back-to-back championships hold a lot more weight than a single one. A game that pits one of history’s greatest quarterbacks against one of history’s most dominant defenses. A game that could provide more evidence to those who believe defense, not quarterbacks, is more important to winning titles. Regardless of the outcome, someone is going to nab the MVP. Here are the leading contenders.

Tom Brady 7/4 – Makes sense. Twenty-six of 48 MVPs have been signal-callers, including four of the last five. Brady already has two to his name, including his first in Super Bowl XXXVI in which he threw for 145 yards and a touchdown. Plus, he’s by far the most heralded star player suiting up. He’s the easy favorite, as long as the footballs are inflated to his liking.

Russell Wilson 7/2 – There’s just something about Wilson. The guy was on his way to posting one of the worst conference title game performances by a quarterback in history, then pulled three touchdown drives directly from his posterior to give the Hawks a shot to defend their championship. Incredible. Forget style points — Wilson is all about results.

Marshawn Lynch 4/1 – If Wilson is the one behind the wheel, Lynch is definitely the motor. Beast Mode ran roughshod over the Packers when it counted most. Not since John Riggins has a running back been so relentlessly efficient in the way he punishes opponents. The Patriots front seven can be exploited, so Lynch is a good bet to deliver in the spotlight. In what was supposed to be a “down” season, Lynch set a career high in TDs with 17.

Rob Gronkowski 9/1 – Same ol’ story here. No tight end has ever won the prize. But if anyone can snap the streak, it’s Gronk. Seemingly healthy, the guy is a powerful weapon who has scored in both postseason games thus far. Also, Seattle did allow 11 touchdowns to tight ends during the regular season.

Kam Chancellor/Richard Sherman 33/1 – Sure, it’s rare for defensive backs to win the MVP, but 33-1? That’s ridiculous and too tempting a number to pass up. Lest we forget, all it takes is one mistake for either one of these ballhawks to cash in.

Bobby Wagner 50/1 – Again, any of the talented Seattle defenders is a smart play, especially at this price. And Wagner is always around the ball.

Danny Amendola 75/1 – Talk about a major sleeper. Amendola was a ghost during the regular season, catching a paltry 27 passes for 200 yards and one score. However, he caught 5 for 81 and two touchdowns against Baltimore in the Divisional round, and could find himself frequently open if Seattle is focused on limiting Gronk, Edelman, and LaFell.

Malcolm Smith 100/1 – He’s still a backup, but that didn’t stop him from taking home the goods last February.