Dating to the first Super Bowl, quarterbacks have had the inside track and led the Super Bowl odds when it comes to the Super Bowl MVP odds with the MVP in each of the first four Super Bowl MVPs being the quarterback on the winning team.
It should not come as a surprise that Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Brock Purdy of the San Francisco 49ers have the best NFL odds of being named the Super Bowl MVP.
The Super Bowl is set for Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas with the San Francisco 49ers listed as the two-point favorite according to the BetUS sportsbook.
Select Company For Mahomes
Mahomes has already been named the Super Bowl MVP twice as he led the Chiefs past the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and earned the award again last year when the Chiefs edged the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII. He is priced at +140 by the NFL betting lines to win another Super Bowl MVP award.
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If he wins the award again, he will join former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, who coincidentally ended his Hall of Fame career with the Chiefs, and former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as the only players with at least three Super Bowl MVP awards.
Brady won the award five times with the most recent coming in Super Bowl LV when he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers past Mahomes and the Chiefs.
Mahomes is the current front-runner in the odds of winning the Super Bowl MVP as he looks to join Hall of Famers Bart Starr and Terry Bradshaw as the only players to win back-to-back Super Bowl MVP awards.
This will be his fourth Super Bowl. He is 73-for-114 for 738 yards with five touchdown passes and four interceptions in his previous three Super Bowls.
New Kid On the Block
The list of quarterbacks to be named Super Bowl MVP in their first appearance includes Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers, Joe Namath of the New York Jets, Jim Plunkett of the Oakland Raiders, Joe Montana of the 49ers, Phil Simms of the New York Giants, Washington’s Doug Williams, Troy Aikman of the Dallas Cowboys, and Brady.
That is what could happen with San Francisco’s Purdy.
The last player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, Purdy led the 49ers to the NFC Championship game as a rookie before he was injured. Now he is looking to join Montana and Steve Young as San Francisco quarterbacks to be named the Super Bowl MVP.
Purdy is second only to Mahomes at +250 in the Super Bowl MVP odds.
Hitting the Ground Running
It seems like 100 years have passed since running backs won back-to-back Super Bowl MVP awards.
It actually last happened in the Super Bowls after the 1983 and 1984 seasons when John Riggins of the Washington Redskins and Marcus Allen of the Las Vegas Raiders were named Super Bowl MVPs. They were aided by two of the most famous runs in Super Bowl history. Riggins pulled away from the grasp of Miami Dolphins defensive back Don McNeal for a 43-yard TD run.
The next year, Allen reversed his field before running to daylight for another iconic Super Bowl run.
The last running back to win the award was Denver’s Terrell Davis following the 1998 season.
Can Christian McCaffrey of the 49ers or Isiah Pacheco of the Kansas City Chiefs change that?
It will be the first Super Bowl appearance for McCaffrey, the leading rusher in the NFL during the regular season.
Pacheco, who like Purdy was a seventh-round pick in the 2022 draft, is more of a longshot since he is not featured quite as much in the Kansas City offense as McCaffrey is in San Francisco. That is one of the reasons why McCaffrey has +450 odds to be the Super Bowl MVP while Pacheco is well back at +2800 according to the NFL odds.
Looking to Catch On
When it comes to the pass catcher, Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce leads the way at +1400 in the Super Bowl odds followed by San Francisco’s Deebo Samuel (+2200) and Brandon Aiyuk (+5000).
Rookie Rashee Rice leads the Kansas City outside receivers with +5000 Super Bowl MVP odds. That is the same number assigned to San Francisco tight end George Kittle.
Just two years ago Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams was named the Super Bowl MVP. Before that, one receiver in the previous 12 Super Bowls won the Super Bowl MVP award.
Questions Of The Day
Who is the favorite to win the Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers?
In a rematch of Super Bowl LIV, the San Francisco 49ers are listed as the two-point favorite to win the Super Bowl with -130 odds to win the game outright.
Which players have won more Super Bowl MVP awards than Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes?
Tom Brady, a quarterback with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has won a record five Super Bowl MVP awards while quarterback Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers is a three-time winner of the award.