With the final hurdle before Super Bowl 50 having been cleared, all the attention turns into next week’s game, as the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos are ready to deliver on what should be a championship game for the ages. As such, NFL odds makers are scrambling to put the finishing touches on which player will shine the brightest under the lights at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, as the list of MVP (Most Valuable Player) betting favorites has been assembled.
According to a January 31 report by The Charlotte Observer, the NFC champion Carolina Panthers arrived at Mineta San Jose International Airport for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. This is particularly great news for those who believe felines’ quarterback Cam Newton is the favorite to win the MVP trophy next Sunday.
That’s because the former Auburn standout is considered – by most sportsbooks in the world – to be then man to beat when it comes to MVP honors this year. The latest probabilities dictate that Newton leads the field as a surprising -160 betting favorite.
In his fifth NFL regular season, the Atlanta, Georgia, native completed 60 percent of his passes, going 296-for-495 for 3837 yards, 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a (career-best) quarterback rating of 99.4. In addition, Newton has also been lethal in the NFL playoffs, going 35-for-50 for 496 yards, three touchdowns and a pick in wins over the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals.
Nevertheless, the Panthers still have to win the game in order for Newton to earn the MVP hardware. Standing in his way will be a more-than-capable Denver Broncos team, which by the way, also has a player considered by NFL odds makers to be a legitimate contender to win the Most Valuable Player crown.
Coming as no surprise, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been assigned the second best odds to become the Super Bowl 50 MVP, as reported by SBNation.com on February 1. However, the chances of No. 18 upsetting Newton in this category are slim, in more areas than one. That’s because, not only do the Broncos come in as six-point underdogs in the 2016 Super Bowl, but mathematics is just not on the old man’s side.
Less than a week away from the big dance, Manning’s betting odds of being named Super Bowl 50’s MVP are calculated at a whopping +275, but some may say those figures are justifiable. For all intents and purposes, Manning did struggle under a new offense, not to mention the fact that injuries kept him on the sidelines for a crucial portion of the season.
Will Cam Newton prove NFL oddsmakers right by winning the Super Bowl 50 MVP title, or will Peyton Manning, or any other player for that matter, spoil those plans? Here’s a look at the complete list of Most Valuable Players for Sunday’s 2016 Super Bowl according to NFL betting odds:
- Cam Newton (Panthers) -160
- Peyton Manning (Broncos) +275
- Luke Kuechly (Panthers) +1200
- Ted Ginn Jr (Panthers) +1500
- C.J. Anderson (Broncos) +1800
- Jonathan Stewart (Panthers) +2000
- Von Miller (Broncos) +2000
- Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos) +3000
- Greg Olsen (Panthers) +3000
- Demaryius Thomas (Broncos) +3500
- Corey Brown (Panthers) +4000
- Josh Norman (Panthers) +4000
- Brandon McManus (Broncos) +5000
- Graham Gano (Panthers) +5000
- Aqib Talib (Broncos) +5500
- Ronnie Hillman (Broncos) +6500
- Brandon Marshall (Broncos) +9500
- DeMarcus Ware (Broncos) +9500
- Charles Johnson (Panthers) +15000
- Danny Trevathan (Broncos) +15000
- Devin Funchess (Panthers) +15000
- Jerricho Cotchery (Panthers) +15000
- Kurt Coleman (Panthers) +15000
- Owen Daniels (Broncos) +15000
- Chris Harris Jr. (Broncos) +20000
- Derek Wolfe (Broncos) +20000
- Mike Tolbert (Panthers) +20000
- Shaq Thompson (Panthers) +20000
- Andre Caldwell (Broncos) +25000
- Cody Latimer (Broncos) +25000
- Cortland Finnegan (Panthers) +30000
- Jordan Norwood (Broncos) +30000
- Robert McClain (Panthers) +30000