Newton, the Deserved MVP Betting Favorite (-140)Well, if Newton and his Panthers take home the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in franchise history, no one will be able to stop him from adding the Super Bowl MVP title to the 2015-16 NFL MVP title that he has pocketed ahead of the Big Game. And after accounting for 382 total yards of offense (335 yards passing 47 yards rushing) plus 4 total touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing) in the blowout win over the Cardinals last Sunday, Super Cam certainly looks like the best value to win the Big Game MVP title, courtesy of a solid outing against Denver.
Manning is Your Best Sleeper SB50 MVP Pick (+275)For sentimental reasons, everyone I know is secretly wishing that Manning rides off into the sunset of his NFL career with another Lombardi Trophy and a Super Bowl 50 MVP honors. This would certainly make for a perfect ending to The Sheriff’s laudable service to the game. Unfortunately, the Super Bowl doesn’t reward legendary careers (as proven during SB 48), not even for the man who will become the oldest QB to start a Super Bowl game at 39 years and 320 days. That said, Manning showed that there is still a lot of fight left in him. So don’t be surprised to see him give us one last memorable performance that wins his team the elusive Super Bowl title, along with a Super Bowl MVP title to add to his cabinet that is already full of many other prestigious accolades, including five NFL MVP honors.
Dark Horse SB50 MVP Picks
Kuechly (+1400), Thomas (+2200) and Miller (+2200)On top of being the granddaddy of all linebackers since being drafted, Kuechly has ensured that opposing QBs have the toughest of times when playing Carolina. After finishing with four interceptions in the regular season (tied for most among linebackers), and filling nearly every defensive stat sheet in the course of the year, Kuechly has posted two back-to-back interceptions returned for touchdowns in his two playoff games. And given the way Manning struggled with his throws in the regular season, Kuechly would be your best bet for a defensive player who will rise above everyone and shine most for Carolina in the Super Bowl 50.