We’re less than two weeks away from kickoff in Santa Clara for Super Bowl 50, with the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos locked in as the two final contenders for this season’s championship title.
The field of entrants is huge this time around, as nearly all the key contributors from the Panthers and the Broncos this entire season are in the running with some pretty attractive prices. Let’s now go over the frontrunners and dark horses who could very well take home some additional hardware apart from the coveted Lombardi Trophy.
Afterwards, sate your fix of even more Super Bowl 50 wagers by checking out our exclusive feature on the Super Bowl 50 game props, as well as our complete preview for the big game itself.
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Super Bowl 50 Odds Update for the MVP Award
With four touchdowns in that game – two passing and two rushing – to go with 382 total offensive yards, “Superman” hasn’t caught a whiff of any Kryptonite yet in the postseason to slow him down. The Most Valuable Player Award from the regular season is Newton’s for the taking, which rightfully makes him the -150 favorite of winning the individual honor in Santa Clara all the same.
Could Super Bowl 50 very well be Peyton Manning’s last hurrah on the gridiron? The 39-year-old phenom is back in the big dance for the fourth time in his career, yet his age has finally caught up to him this season (pre- and post-midseason injury) and this is even more evident when you look at his actual stats.
Nevertheless, Manning is no stranger to blockbuster matches, let alone given this elusive chance to take home another Lombardi Trophy. Yes, the future Hall-of-Famer is just 1-2 in Super Bowl contests, but what made him a football god in the first place was his mind, which he utilized to the fullest in the gritty AFC title game victory over his more decorated archenemy Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
As long as Manning stays level-headed and the Broncos’ stifling defense lives up to its own end of the bargain on February 7, placing your stakes on him at +325 might turn out to be the legendary QB’s farewell gift to you for believing in him at winning his second Super Bowl MVP award.
Speaking of Denver’s D, just how beastly was linebacker Von Miller against the Pats on Sunday? The four-time Pro Bowl selection gave Brady all sorts of fits with his pass rushing prowess, sacking him 2.5 times and even picking off a crucial pass early in the game.
There’s no doubt that the Broncos defense is utterly intimidating, and that unit wouldn’t be as close to being as imposing if not for Miller’s presence in midfield or on the opponent’s side of the line of scrimmage. Having said that, Miller’s definitely the one defensive player that you can’t take your eyes off at Levi’s Stadium next month, and is also appropriately the top-ranked defensive player in the Super Bowl MVP Award odds with a cool price of +1,200.
For as much attention as Cam Newton has gotten for his prolific play this season, tight end Greg Olsen had just as much of an impact in the passing game for Carolina’s stellar run. In fact, the nine-year veteran is virtually Newton’s most reliable target downfield, accounting for nearly a third of his team’s total receiving yardage for the regular season to go with his seven TDs.
In the playoffs, Olsen has been just as rock-solid by tallying 190 yards and another touchdown over two pivotal contests. The big man out of Miami proved to be the X-factor in the Panthers’ surprisingly potent aerial attack, and he could just as likely dominate again on Super Bowl Sunday to give his backers that took him at +1,500 to win MVP honors very happy customers.
Every Super Bowl hopeful needs a reliable kicker, and the Panthers got theirs in Graham Gano. Because on more than one occasion, a Super Bowl game has been decided in the dying seconds of regulation with a game-winning field goal.
Based on Gano’s numbers from the postseason (a spotless 3-for-3 in FGs and 9-of-9 in extra point conversions), he’s indeed well worth considering as a sneaky Super Bowl MVP award candidate at +8,000. But that’s only if the game does require his services to put up some much-needed points on the board for the Panthers, and he’ll have to remain perfect with his boot at that.
In addition, no kicker has ever won the Super Bowl MVP award over the past 49 installments. But we’ve seen crazier things happen in the NFL, right? So feel free to take the Scottish kicker at your own risk., and who knows? Maybe he’ll send your wager through the uprights for a massive haul that will make you forget just how awesome Super Bowl 50 really was in the first place.
Complete Super Bowl 50 MVP Award Odds
*as of January 27
|Cam Newton (CAR)
|Peyton Manning (DEN)
|Luke Kuechly (CAR)
|Von Miller (DEN)
|Greg Olsen (CAR)
|C.J. Anderson (DEN)
|Jonathan Stewart (CAR)
|Demaryius Thomas (DEN)
|Ted Ginn Jr. (CAR)
|DeMarcus Ware (DEN)
|Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)
|Josh Norman (CAR)
|Corey Brown (CAR)
|Ronnie Hillman (DEN)
|Owen Daniels (DEN)
|Derek Wolfe (DEN)
|Aqib Talib (DEN)
|Charles Johnson (CAR)
|Chris Harris Jr. (DEN)
|Kawann Short (CAR)
|Devin Funchess (CAR)
|Graham Gano (CAR)
|Jerricho Cotchery (CAR)
|Thomas Davis (CAR)
|Field (any other player)
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