Super Bowl LVII MVP Odds & Picks

By Mike Rose

Oh what might’ve been had Joseph Ossai not committed that late hit penalty. If he hadn’t, I might be holding onto a Joe Burrow +1100 ticket to win the Super Bowl LVII MVP Award. But he did and I don’t! That being said, I’m not sure Joey Brrr would’ve survived with the heat Hasson Reddick and the Eagles would’ve produced against that laughable offensive line of the Bengals! With that, it’s time to once again put the current MVP offerings at BetRivers Sportsbook under the microscope and see if we can’t cook up a couple scenarios that lead to cashing a ticket in this market for the big game. Provided you haven’t already put your hard earned money down on said players listed below at a better price, the following are my favorite, underdog, and longshot selections to win the MVP Award of Super Bowl LVII.


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*All remaining players 100-1 or greater


Bet-Rivers-Banner-Sep-29-2022-03-57-25-53-PM-4Favorite to Bet: Patrick Mahomes +130


I still can’t believe the grit and determination Patrick Mahomes exhibited in leading the Chiefs to the AFC Championship basically playing on a single leg. High ankle sprains have fantasy footballers pushing over their mothers to get to the waiver wire to pick up the handcuff to their stud running back before anyone else beats them to the punch. Those types of injuries have kept players out for months let alone half a quarter! My respect for No. 15 increased 10-fold after that 326 yard and two touchdown performance against the ‘Natti.


If Kansas City is to cash in on the Super Bowl LVII odds and Mahomes finds a way to pick apart the league’s No. 1 ranked pass defense in the process, it’s going to be impossible for voters not to send him home with hardware in hand to put next to the MVP Award he won after leading KC to the 31-20 comeback win over San Francisco in LIV. It’s expected that Mahomes will win the second regular season MVP Award of his career, so it only makes sense that he’d bookend the season in the big game provided he shines and puts the franchise in a position to hoist the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in the last four seasons.


Underdog to Bet: Haason Reddick +3500


Coming off a season in which he registered a career-high 16 sacks and accrued another 26 quarterback hits, it can be argued that Haason Reddick is one of the most violent pass rushers in the game. The former Temple product has already amassed 3.5 sacks in the playoffs and four more QB hits! The guy is playing like a man possessed and you can bet your bottom dollar Jonathan Gannon is salivating over unleashing him upon No. 15 with it likely the Chiefs QB1 is still hobbled by the high ankle sprain that had him out of sorts in the hard fought win over the Bengals.


If we’re going to look to the defensive side of the ball for a player to win the MVP Award, we might as well go with a linebacker considering the position took home the two most recent awards given to a defensive player. Von Miller took home bragging rights in Super Bowl 50 with six tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one pass defensed while Malcolm Smith did the same in Super Bowl XLVIII with 10 tackles, a pick-six, and fumble recovery. Should Reddick come up with a few sacks and possibly one of the strip variety that changes the course of the game, voters would have to give him a hard look. While I hate the current rate of return since he initially hit the board at 250-1, I give him the best shot to win the award on the defensive side of the ball.


Longshot to Bet: Kenneth Gainwell +20000


The kid from Memphis has been galloping like a different back in the playoffs. While Miles Sanders has hogged most of the touchdown saunters, it’s his backup that looked most impressive in the playoffs rushing for 112 yards and a touchdown against the Giants and following it up with 68 more yards from scrimmage in the skunking of the 49ers. While defending the run is an area Kansas City’s stop unit has excelled in to date (No. 8), Kenneth Gainwell has shown a different burst of late. All he needs is a window to make something big happen, and that window could be made available repeatedly should Philly’s overall ground attack simply be too much for the Chiefs to contend with for a full 40.


On top of that, Kenny G has averaged 11.7 yards per reception in the playoffs and also has a 35-yard scamper to his credit. The kid looks like he’s making a huge push to take over the RB1 job next season. What better stage than the Super Bowl to burn that train of thought into the coaching staff’s memory! At 200-1, it’s definitely worth a dart throw just in case the kid rips off a few big gainers or scores the game-deciding touchdown.


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