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Super Bowl LVI MVP Best Bets: Matthew Stafford & Joe Burrow Are Early Favorites

With the Super Bowl LVI matchup set, bookmakers roll out a slew of NFL betting markets for the big game. In this column, we look at the SBLVI MVP market, examining some of the best bets that are currently trading across the board.
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Super Bowl LVI MVP Best Bets: Matthew Stafford & Joe Burrow Are Early Favorites

With the Super Bowl LVI matchup set, bookmakers roll out a slew of NFL betting markets for the big game. In this column, we look at the SBLVI MVP market, examining some of the best bets that are currently trading across the board.

Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow are the early favorites in Super Bowl MVP betting markets – Stafford is tipped at -108 with DraftKings, edging Burrow who is priced at +220. That these odds correlate to the outright market for the big game is no coincidence. The Rams are favored to win at -190, while the Bengals are the +160 underdogs.

In the history of Super Bowls, quarterbacks dominate the MVP race. Nine quarterbacks claimed the award in the last 12 Super Bowls, including four of the last six. The only anomalies were Julian Edelman in SBLIII and Von Miller in SB50. Last year, Tom Brady lifted the honor, as he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The previous year, Patrick Mahomes won the MVP award after the Chiefs beat the Niners 31-20.

Below we highlight the Top Six best bets for the Super Bowl MVP.

Mathew Stafford -105 (Bet $105 to win $100)

Veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford is living the dream in Los Angeles. The 33-year-old signal-caller spent years slogging away in Detroit and never enjoying any playoff success. In his first year with head coach Sean McVay and the star-studded Rams, Stafford breezed to the top of the division and through the playoffs to the Promised Land. He’s one win away from achieving his boyhood dreams of becoming a Super Bowl champion, and only the upstart Cincinnati Bengals stand in his way. If the Rams are your bet to win SBLVI, then backing Stafford to receive the honor is a solid bet at -105. Indeed, his odds are lower than the Rams to win at -190, making it a value play.

Joe Burrow +220 (Bet $100 to win $220)

Second-year quarterback Joe Burrow has turned the Cincinnati Bengals into contenders, one year after a debut season that saw him win just two games and suffer a horrific season-ending knee injury. “Joe Cool”, “Joe Franchise”, “Joe Brrrr”, or whatever else the latest nickname for the sophomore is, he’s a winner. That’s exactly what every NFL franchise hopes for its No.1 draft pick, to deliver on the prestige that comes with being the top selection in the draft. The Bengals have defied the odds to reach Super Bowl 56, and Burrow is a major factor in the organization’s turnaround. So if you’re betting on this Cinderella run, Backing Burrow to win the MVP award is a tasty +220 bet. The value is identical to a win by Cincy on the moneyline.

Cooper Kupp +650 (Bet $100 to win $650)

Cooper Kupp’s dream season could yield a Super Bowl MVP, making him the first wide receiver since Julian Edelman won the award three years ago. Kupp leads the league in the postseason, with 386 yards receiving and five touchdowns. He led the Rams with 142 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the NFC Championship game. For Kupp to get voted as the Super Bowl MVP, he would have to the kind of night that leaves no doubt about his merit.

Aaron Donald +1800 (Bet $100 to win $1800)

Aaron Donald was instrumental in the Rams’ win over the Niners, especially in the final quarter as he rallied the defense and raised the level of pressure on Jimmy Garoppolo. On the Niners’ last drive, it was Donald’s pressure on Garoppolo that brought about the interception and clinched the victory for Los Angeles at SoFi stadium. The defense doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, and only four defensemen have ever won the Super Bowl MVP. Ironically, the last player to win it was Donald’s new teammate Von Miller in SB50. Donald is a longshot bet to win the MVP at +1800, although if a defenseman is going to win it, bettors won’t find a better option than Donald.

Odell Beckham Jr. +2000 (Bet $100 to win $2000)

So much for the Odell Beckham Jr. narrative that suggested he was the problem in Cleveland, a spent force that is but a shadow of his former self. Since Beckham’s move to Tinseltown, he’s enjoyed a renaissance with the Rams offense. OBJ put up 114 yards on nine receptions in Los Angeles’ NFC title-winning effort on Sunday, and he improved his postseason record to 236 yards receiving and four touchdowns. OBJ to win is a longshot bet at +2000, but it would be a satisfying validation of the wideout’s merit since his acrimonious breakup with Baker Mayfield and the Browns.

Ja’Marr Chase +2000 (Bet $100 to win $2000)

A rookie player has never won the Super Bowl MVP, but Ja’Marr Chase could make a strong case for becoming the first player to do it in his NFL debut. The rising star has been instrumental on the Bengals’ offense this season. From the first week of the season, his chemistry with Burrow was undeniable as the pair picked up from where they left off at LSU. Chase has put up 279 yards receiving and four touchdowns in the playoffs.

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Nikki Adams is a freelance sports writer that’s honed in on the world of sports betting. She joined OddsChecker in 2021 after having covered a number of major American sports, including NFL and NCAAF, for several other publications in the industry. When she’s not looking for the best betting angles and writing engaging and insightful articles, she’s likely on a tennis court or binging on reality TV.

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