Super Bowl MVP Odds 2022

Super Bowl MVP

The Super Bowl MVP Award is bestowed upon the player who has the biggest impact on the outcome of the game. While it may just be the icing on the cake for a player who has just experienced his most memorable career milestone, there’s a lot of personal pride involved in winning MVP, too.

On Feb. 13, 2022, the world will be betting on Super Bowl 56, which will bring together, as always, the top two teams in the AFC and the NFC.

There are 55 Super Bowls already in the annals of history and an equal number of players who have their name attached to football lore forever with an award-worthy performance on the game’s biggest possible stage. Predicting the winner of the MVP trophy is always one of the favorite Super Bowl prop bets and there are undeniably some heavy favorites worth a look going in.

Super Bowl MVP Odds

This year’s Super Bowl is on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Check the current odds for Super Bowl MVP at legal US online sportsbooks below. (Note: MVP odds will show as soon as they begin being posted at legal online sportsbooks.) See current Super Bowl odds here. 

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Who was the 2021 NFL Super Bowl MVP?

Tom BradyUnsurprisingly to some, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady was the 2021 Super Bowl MVP as he led the Bucs to their first Super Bowl win ever. It was also the 9th time in 12 years a QB won the award.

The last time a non-QB won the award was in 2019 when WR Julian Edelman, on the receiving end of Brady, pulled it off. It was the first time a wide receiver had received the MVP since 2009.

Santonio Holmes won it that year for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who defeated the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII, which was played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Let’s take a look at those who have won the award since Holmes:

  • 2021, Tom Brady (QB) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 201 yards and three TDs through the air earned Brady his fifth Super Bowl MVP nod and helped the Bucs beat the favored Chiefs by a score of 31-9 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. (Super Bowl LV)
  • 2020, Patrick Mahomes (QB) Kansas City Chiefs: 286 yards and two TDs through the air, plus another rushing TD, earned Mahomes the nod and helped the Chiefs hold off the 49ers by a score of 31-20 at Hard Rock Stadium Stadium. (Super Bowl LIV)
  • 2019, Julian Edelman (WR) New England Patriots: Ten catches for 141 yards from Edelman helped the Patriots defeat the Rams by a score of 13-3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Super Bowl LIII)
  • 2018, Nick Foles (QB) Philadelphia Eagles: The Patriots were back once again, but they fell to the Eagles 41-33 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Foles threw for 373 yards, three scores and a pick, and also caught a touchdown in the victory. (Super Bowl LII)
  • 2017, Tom Brady (QB) New England Patriots: The Patriots took down the Atlanta Falcons in overtime by a score of 34-28 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Brady sparked a furious comeback, throwing for 466 yards, two touchdowns and a pick to earn MVP. (Super Bowl LI)
  • 2016, Von Miller (LB) Denver Broncos: In honor of the game’s historical significance, the roman numerals were dropped for the actual number to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl. Miller forced two fumbles and generated 2.5 sacks as the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Super Bowl L)
  • 2015, Tom Brady (QB) New England Patriots: The Seahawks made it to the big game once again, falling to the Patriots by a score of 28-24 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Brady threw for 326 yards, four scores and two picks in the win. (Super Bowl XLVIV)
  • 2014, Malcolm Smith (LB) Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos by a score of 43-8 at Met-Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Among the accomplishments of Smith was a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown. (Super Bowl XLVIII)
  • 2013, Joe Flacco, (QB) Baltimore Ravens: Held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 34-31. Flacco was awarded MVP after throwing for 287 yards and three touchdowns. (Super Bowl XLVII)
  • 2012 Eli Manning, (QB)  New York Giants: The Giants upset the Patriots by a score of 21-17. The game took place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Manning threw for 296 yards and a touchdown in the victory. (Super Bowl XLVI)
  • 2011 Aaron Rodgers, (QB) Green Bay Packers: The Packers defeated the Steelers by a score of 31-25 in a game held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Rodgers threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns to earn MVP honors. (Super Bowl XLV)
  • 2010 Drew Brees, (QB) New Orleans Saints: Held at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Garden, this game saw the Saints take down the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 31-17. Brees threw for 288 yards and two scores in the win. (Super Bowl XLIV)

List of all Super Bowl MVPs

2021Tampa Bay vs Kansas CityTampa Bay 31-9QB Tom Brady (TB)
2020Kansas City vs San FranciscoChiefs 31-20QB Patrick Mahomes (KC)
2019Los Angeles Rams vs New EnglandPatriots 13-3WR Julian Edelman (NE)
2018Philadelphia vs New EnglandEagles 41-33QB Nick Foles (PHI)
2017New England vs AtlantaPatriots 34-28 QB Tom Brady (NE)
2016Denver vs CarolinaBroncos 24-10LB Von Miller (DEN)
2015New England vs SeattlePatriots 28-24QB Tom Brady (NE)
2014Seattle vs DenverSeahawks 43-8LB Malcolm Smith (SEA)
2013Baltimore vs San FranciscoRavens 34-31QB Joe Flacco (BAL)
2012NY Giants vs New EnglandGiants 17-14QB Eli Manning (NYG)
2011Green Bay vs PittsburghPackers 31-25QB Aaron Rodgers (GB)
2010New Orleans vs IndianapolisSaints 31-17QB Drew Brees (NO)
2009Pittsburgh vs ArizonaSteelers 27-23WR Santonio Holmes (PIT)
2008NY Giants vs New EnglandGiants 17-14QB Eli Manning (NYG)
2007Indianapolis vs ChicagoColts 29-17QB Peyton Manning (IND)
2006Pittsburgh vs SeattleSteelers 21-10WR Hines Ward (PIT)
2005New England vs PhiladelphiaPatriots 24-21WR Deion Branch (NE)
2004New England vs CarolinaPatriots 32-29QB Tom Brady (NE)
2003Tampa Bay vs OaklandBuccaneers 48-21S Dexter Jackson (TB)
2002New England vs St. LouisPatriots 20-17QB Tom Brady (NE)
2001Baltimore vs NY GiantsRavens 34-7LB Ray Lewis (BAL)
2000St. Louis vs TennesseeRams 23-16QB Kurt Warner (STL)

Who is the most likely MVP when favorites or underdogs win the Super Bowl?

On the moneyline, favorites have a commanding lead through 55 Super Bowls: 36-18 with one pick’em. On the spread, it’s a much different story at 28-24-2 for favorites with one pick’em. Totals are split right down the middle at 27-27 for the Over with no totals line set for Super Bowl I.

For a correlation to the MVP award, the spread and total results can matter somewhat, but the biggest needle mover comes from which team seals the deal: the favorite or underdog. Here’s the complete breakdown of the 56 winners by position for the moneyline outcomes.

Favorites: 36 wins

  • QB: 19
  • WR: 7
  • RB: 3
  • LB: 2
  • DE: 2
  • S: 1
  • CB: 1
  • DT: 1
  • Ret: 1
  • Note: Total of 37 MVPs due to co-winners at Super Bowl XII

Underdogs: 18 wins

  • QB: 11
  • RB: 4
  • LB: 2
  • S: 1

Pick’em: 1 game

  • QB: 1

While a QB is the most likely winner for both favorites and underdogs, the position is more likely to get the nod when the latter wins. For favorites, it’s 19 times in 36 wins for 52.8%. On the dog side, it’s 11 of 18, or 61.1%.

Meanwhile, defenders and receivers are more likely to fit the bill when the favorite wins the game. While we don’t walk away with one definitive strategy from this exercise, we do gain some very interesting food for thought on the players to focus on in relation to our pregame calls on who will win the game.

Tips for Betting on Super Bowl MVP

So when it’s time for the Super Bowl, just bet on both QBs to win MVP and call it a day, right? Not exactly. You can certainly find some winners that way, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll be profitable due to varying odds. Instead of taking out the abacus to find a way to make that strategy work, use the following three tips to find some winners.

Project out the game

If you know the spread and the Over/Under, you can figure out the projected score for an NFL game pretty quickly. There are also plenty of sites that do it for you. Either way, take what the oddsmakers are telling you and use that to try and envision how the game might play out. Do you agree, or are you seeing something different from what the odds say?

Find the impact players

Each team has playmakers on both sides of the ball. The QB controls the offense and is an obvious choice, while the skill position players who see the most work also fit the bill. On offense, also look for the players who can break off big plays. As for defense, the players who force turnovers, generate sacks, and make a lot of tackles could be in line to make some game-breaking plays.

Make your calls on the pregame bets

Before trying to bet on the Super Bowl MVP, make your calls on the moneyline, spread, and totals – even if you don’t plan on betting on all three. By doing this, you’ll have a more concrete stance on how the game projects to play out. From there, make your selections from the most viable contenders on the side that you think is most likely to win.

To that last point, there’s nothing written in stone that says you only have to make one wager on Super Bowl MVP. In fact, many bettors spread out the risk with several calls on the game. If you budget correctly, you can come out ahead if one of your multiple selections goes on to win.

Is a QB the best bet for Super Bowl MVP?

It’s clear that QBs win the Super Bowl MVP award often. That being the case, there’s no way to say that betting on one of those players to win is a bad call. However, there is something to be said for spreading out the risk – and for trying to sniff out an unexpected winner.

When you look at the Super Bowl MVP odds board, the QBs will be the favorites. As you head further down the board, you’ll find more favorable odds for other position players. Trying to cover all of the possible bases can quickly turn into a bankroll drain, but you can spread out the risk with some other viable contenders.

As a quick example, you can bet on the QB of the team you expect to win, and then pick out the other players that you think will have the most impact on offense and defense. Just like that, you have three bets in play. If you nail one of them and budget correctly, you can still come out ahead.

Super Bowl MVP FAQ

Bart Starr led the Packers to victory over the Chiefs in the first edition of the big game. The quarterback earned the first NFL Super Bowl MVP Award for his efforts.

Tom Brady, the quarterback of the Patriots, is at the top of the list with five MVP awards. No other player has reached that mark. Joe Montana, the former star quarterback for the 49ers, is next on the list with three.

Yes, and this is not as uncommon as you may think. Through 53 Super Bowls, a defensive player has won it 10 times.

Linebacker is the most awarded position on defense with four MVP awards. Defensive ends and safeties have won two each, while cornerbacks and defensive tackles have one apiece. The most recent defensive player to win was linebacker Von Miller of the Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

Quarterbacks top the list of NFL Super Bowl MVP Award winners with 30.

Running backs and wide receivers are next on the list with seven each. Over the last 10 Super Bowls, a quarterback has been selected as MVP seven times.

Yes, this happened once. In Super Bowl V, the Cowboys lost to the Baltimore Colts by a score of 16-13.

Dallas linebacker Chuck Howley had a fantastic game with two interceptions, and he received the award for his efforts.

The Cowboys lead the way with seven NFL Super Bowl MVP Award winners.

The Steelers and the Patriots are up next with six each. The next team on the list is the 49ers with four MVP trophies.

Initially, it was known as the Super Bowl MVP trophy. As of Super Bowl XXV, it is called the Pete Rozelle Trophy. Rozelle was NFL commissioner from 1960 through 1989, leading the league through a tremendous growth spurt.

Super Bowl MVP Controversies

There have been times when the Super Bowl MVP award winner has been rather clear cut. Others? Not so much. Beyond the general complaints of a QB winning it way too often, there have been some real head-scratchers from voters through the years. Here are three of the most notable.

  • Super Bowl V – 1971
    • Result: Baltimore Colts 16 Dallas Cowboys 13
    • MVP: LB Chuck Howley, Dallas Cowboys
    • Backstory: Howley is the only member of a losing team to be named Super Bowl MVP. While he had a solid game, it’s not like there weren’t any viable contenders from the winning side. John Mackey busted a 75-yard TD score, while Jim O’Brien nailed a field goal with five seconds left to win the game.
  • Super Bowl XII – 1978
    • Result: Dallas Cowboys 27 Denver Broncos 10
    • MVP: DE Harvey Martin and DT Randy White, Dallas Cowboys
    • Backstory: The only time there were co-MVPs. There were no standouts on offense for the Cowboys, so a defender certainly made sense, and Martin and White both had great games. That said, it’s an MVP award, not ‘everyone gets a trophy for effort.’
  • Super Bowl LI – 2017
    • Result: New England Patriots 34 Atlanta Falcons 28 (OT)
    • MVP: QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots
    • Backstory: The Patriots came from behind to win one of the most thrilling Super Bowls. Brady certainly worked his magic, but RB James White was an absolute monster with a three-TD performance. While Brady is more than deserving of all of his accolades, the wealth could’ve been shared here.

Whenever there’s money on the line, there will undoubtedly be some folks who are unhappy with the results. Since the MVP award is in the hands of voters, even more frustration can ensue. Here’s to hoping that they get it right more often than not in the future.

History of the NFL Super Bowl MVP Award

The history of the Super Bowl stretches all the way back to 1967. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 35-10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The game was dubbed as the ‘First World Championship Game’ between the rival AFL and NFL. At the game’s conclusion, Packers QB Bart Starr was named MVP.

There have now been 55 editions of the Big Game and a corresponding number of MVP award winners on the grand stage. The NFL itself has evolved tremendously along the way. Dynasties were relatively common from the early days into the 1990s, but back-to-back winners have become increasingly rare in the modern era.

As you saw when we walked through the Super Bowl MVP betting trends above, the award itself has seen some changes. While QBs have always won their fair share, other positions have seen some ebbs and flows through the years.  Along the way, we’ve also seen several surprises with some unexpected winners hoisting the hardware.

The NFL Super Bowl MVP Award made its debut the same year as the big game itself.

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