History has proven that ordinary NFL careers can turn legendary on Super Bowl Sunday.
In the last 25 years, guys like Malcolm Smith (Super Bowl XLVIII), Santonio Holmes (Super Bowl XLIII), Deion Branch (Super Bowl XXXIX), Dexter Jackson (Super Bowl XXXVII), Desmond Howard (Super Bowl XXXI), and Larry Brown (Super Bowl XXX), who all had very solid, respectable NFL careers as a whole, became NFL legends with standout performances on the biggest stage in American professional sports.
Will there be another player in a similar situation who comes out of nowhere to take home the honor of Super Bowl MVP this Sunday when the Los Angeles Rams take on the New England Patriots? Only time will tell. But for now, here is a look at the current Super Bowl 53 MVP odds.
Odds courtesy of Sportsbook.ag as of January 26, 2019.
Sony Michel (+1600)
Michel has been an absolute grinder and touchdown machine for the Patriots in his first career NFL postseason. In two games, the rookie out of Georgia has rushed for 242 yards and five touchdowns on 53 carries (4.57 yards per carry).
With the success he’s had during the postseason thus far, it’s hard to see the Pats going away from Michel on Super Bowl Sunday. If he gets another 25+ carry workload, the 23-year-old will be a serious threat here.
And at +1600, you have to like the value.
Todd Gurley (+1200)
To be completely honest, it’s hard to see Gurley taking home the Super Bowl 53 MVP hardware with the way the postseason has played out for the Rams (i.e. the emergence of his backfield mate C.J. Anderson).
That said, this is a guy with Hall of Fame caliber talent, who scored a league-high 21 touchdowns during the regular season in only 14 games. If he can put together what constitutes a good game by “Todd Gurley-standards,” the former Georgia Bulldog could be in play here.
Jared Goff (+225)
Since the month of December, Goff’s play hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. In the nine games over that stretch of time (seven during the regular season, two during the postseason), the former No. 1 overall pick at thrown eight touchdowns and eight interceptions, and is averaging a modest 235 passing yards per game. Simply put, those types of numbers won’t be good enough to contend for Super Bowl MVP honors — even if the Rams pull out a victory.
What does make us feel good about Goff’s candidacy here is the fact that he delivered several big-time, clutch throws during the Rams’ hard-fought victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game. Still, at +225 there isn’t a whole lot of value here.
Tom Brady (-110)
No surprise here. Brady has already won four Super Bowl MVP awards, which is an NFL record, over the course of his illustrious career, and he will likely position himself to win another this year if the Patriots come away victorious.
Brady is the favorite for a reason, but at -110, we aren’t sure the risk is worth the potential payout.
Other players to watch:
- Aaron Donald (+1800)
- C.J. Anderson (+1800)
- James White (+2500)
- Julian Edelman (+3000)
- Brandin Cooks (+4000)
- Robert Woods (+4000)
- Rob Gronkowski (+5000)
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