Super Bowl 2022 MVP Odds: Betting Action On Aaron Donald; Is Evan McPherson A Worthy Longshot?

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Bengals kicker Evan McPherson drills the game-winning FG against the Chiefs. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

With the Los Angeles Rams the favorites of -4.5 (-110) over the Cincinnati Bengals, per current Super Bowl 56 odds at BetMGM, it is not surprising that Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has the shortest Super Bowl MVP odds for the big game. Quarterbacks have been named Super Bowl MVP more than every other position combined, 31 to 25. (Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs for Dallas in Super Bowl 12). QBs have also won nine of the last 12 Super Bowl MVP awards.

The Bengals’ Joe Burrow, logically, is the second betting choice for the Super Bowl 56 MVP award.

Is it as easy as that? Should you roll with one of the two quarterbacks and call it a day? You could, but it would be a mistake not to review the odds for some of the other players and consider someone else.

Betting Odds For Super Bowl MVP: Quarterbacks Favored

Here is a partial list of players for the Bengals and Rams that DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM have posted Super Bowl MVP odds for. As always, shop around the betting market for current numbers and the best prices for your wagers.

Super Bowl LVI MVP OddsDraftKingsFanDuelBetMGM
Matthew Stafford+100+115+115
Joe Burrow+225+230+210
Cooper Kupp+600+650+600
Aaron Donald+1600+1700+1600
Ja'Marr Chase+1800+2200+1600
Odell Beckham Jr.+2800+2500+2500
Cam Akers+3500+3400+3000
Tee Higgins+4500+4000+5000
Joe Mixon+4500+4000+2500
Von Miller+4500+5000+5000
Sony Michel+8000+7000+6600
Tyler Boyd+9000+8000+10000
Van Jefferson+10000+7000+10000
Tyler Higbee+10000+8500+10000
Jalen Ramsey+10000+8500+10000
Trey Hendrickson+10000+10000+10000
Kendall Blanton+10000+10000+10000
Trent Taylor+10000+20000+20000
CJ Uzomah+10000+10000
Evan McPherson+15000+10000+10000
Sam Hubbard+15000+15000+15000
Leonard Floyd+15000+20000+10000
Drew Sample+15000+20000+20000
Matt Gay+20000+10000
Kevin Huber+50000+50000

Sportsbooks post odds for players who generally do not come into the MVP conversation — like Bengals punter Kevin Huber. While it may sound crazy even to think one of the placekickers could win MVP, think about how the Bengals got to the Super Bowl.

If Evan McPherson makes a few clutch kicks, as he has throughout the playoffs, it could happen.

Betting Action On Aaron Donald

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been drawing Super Bowl MVP action at 16-to-1 odds at MGM Resorts, Director of Trading Jeff Stoneback told Gaming Today. One BetMGM bettor has a $7,500 play on Donald at +1600, worth a potential $120,000.

Defensive players have been handed the MVP trophy after nine Super Bowls, most recently to Von Miller, who shined in the Broncos’ win over the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Miller, of course, now teams up with Donald on L.A.’s fearsome defensive front.

The mismatch between the Rams’ defensive front and the Bengals’ porous offensive line is a key narrative ahead of Sunday. Should Donald, Miller & Co. get to Burrow multiple times, force a turnover or three, and have an overall major impact in a Rams’ victory, perhaps 2022 is the 10th time we see a defender honored as MVP.

Betting Analysis

As for who will win it this year, it depends on how the game flows. If allowed, both teams would probably love it if their quarterback could take over the game and control the outcome. Both have the talent to do so, but neither can do it alone.

With the impact Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr., and Ja’Marr Chase have had in the playoffs, it is not hard to see one of them have a game like Julian Edelman did in Super Bowl 53 or Santonio Holmes in Super Bowl 43. Joe Mixon or Cam Akers will undoubtedly be in the conversation should either team get the ground game on track.

However, it’s been a long time since a running back had an MVP-caliber impact in a Super Bowl; Terrell Davis was the last in Super Bowl 32.

Neither defense will make it easy for the other team’s quarterback Sunday, which opens the door for a defensive player to win. It is not hard to see Donald keeping Burrow from getting on track. Trey Hendrickson will be doing his best to have a similar impact on Stafford.

Miller’s constant harassment of Cam Newton in Super Bowl 50 led to him winning MVP.

Stafford has thrown a single interception in the playoffs but had 17 during the regular season. Should Mike Hilton, Tre Flowers, or Chidobe Awuzie make a pick or two and return one for a touchdown, one of them could win MVP honors (two interceptions were enough for Larry Brown to win MVP back in Super Bowl XXX).

It is easy to make a case for several guys to have MVP-caliber days in the Super Bowl, which can only mean one thing — it’s going to be one heck of a football game.

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