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The Rams' Cooper Kupp may be worth a bet to win Super Bowl MVP (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

With how the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs played out, if you bet one of the early favorites to win MVP of the 2022 Super Bowl, you are out of luck. Five of the top six players, per odds offered before Wild Card Weekend, are no longer in the playoffs.

The betting strategy we outlined, though, is one gamblers should still keep in mind. If you have a favorite amongst the 49ers, Bengals, Chiefs, and Rams to win Super Bowl LVI, consider putting money down on one of their players to win Super Bowl MVP honors.

Super Bowl MVP Odds

Let’s examine a partial list of the Super Bowl MVP odds posted at PointsBet, FanDuel, and BetRivers:

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI MVPPointsBetFanDuelBetRivers
Patrick Mahomes+170+180+160
Matthew Stafford+320+320+325
Jimmy Garoppolo+750+750+800
Joe Burrow+900+1000+1000
Cooper Kupp+1200+1000+800
Tyreek Hill+2000+2000+2000
Travis Kelce+2000+2100+2000
Aaron Donald+3000+3200+2000
Elijah Mitchell+4000+4600+4000
George Kittle+4000+3900+3300
Deebo Samuel+2000+2300+1600
Cam Akers+5000+4600+2500
Jerick McKinnon+5000+7000
Ja'Marr Chase+6000+4600+5000
Clyde Edwards-Helaire+7000+7000+3300
Byron Pringle+7000+13000+8000
Odell Beckham Jr+7000+6000+5000
Van Jefferson+7000+10000+8000
Tyler Higbee+7000+12500
Von Miller+7000+7000+3300
Jalen Ramsey+7000+13000+12500
Sony Michel+10000+10000
Nick Bosa+7000+7000+3300
Mecole Hardman+10000+10000+8000

Of course, now that fewer teams and players are eligible, the odds for some of the leading candidates are not as long as they were when the playoffs got underway. For example, before the Wild Card Round, you could have taken Joe Burrow at +2200; now, his odds are down to +900. Jimmy Garoppolo’s odds have been shortened from +4000 to +750.

If you are kicking yourself for not putting money down on Patrick Mahomes when his odds were at +550, his odds will get lower than +180 if the Chiefs beat the Bengals. Heading into last year’s Super Bowl, his odds of winning MVP were -120.

Betting Analysis

Yes, if you bet now, there is a chance you’d be putting your money down on a player who doesn’t even make it to Inglewood. However, if you pick the right player, the payout will be better than waiting to see who wins the AFC and NFC title games. Your wager will also pay better than a futures bet on that player’s team.

No one would blame you if you were to go with a quarterback, except for Garoppolo. Not that Jimmy G can’t have an MVP-worthy performance, but other players on the 49ers seem more likely to win MVP honors. San Francisco is a run-first, defensive-minded team that wins despite its quarterback. So, maybe think Deebo Samuel, Nick Bosa, or another defender.

As for the other three teams, it is easy to see one of their quarterbacks taking home the MVP. However, there are other players bettors should consider, like Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, or Ja’Marr Chase. It all depends on who you think will make it to the Super Bowl.

The Rams are favored by 3.5 against the 49ers in the NFC Conference Championship. Kansas City is favored by a touchdown in the AFC Conference Championship against a Bengals team that beat the Chiefs, 34-31, in Week 17.

Also read: Super Bowl 2022 Odds at FanDuel, DraftKings

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Travis Pulver

Travis Pulver

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Travis Pulver is a senior writer for Gaming Today and a lifelong football fan, something he says comes naturally having been born in the football-crazy state of Texas. Through the years, Pulver's love of sports has extended into baseball, basketball, golf, and rugby. Life currently finds him in Indiana with his wife and two kids.

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