Super Bowl 51 Betting Lines: Game MVP Odds

Authored by: Benjamin Eckstein

It shouldn’t be a surprise that quarterbacks are the MVP favorites heading into Super Bowl 51.

The latest Super Bowl 51 MVP odds at the Bovada sportsbook have New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as the favorite at +120, followed by Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan at +200.

In the previous 50 Super Bowls quarterbacks have dominated the MVP race, winning the award 27 times. Brady himself has claimed MVP honors three times already. If you’re going to be placing a few Super Bowl 51 MVP prop bets you’d be foolish to not place at least a couple bucks on one of the quarterbacks.

But what if this if one of the years where the MVP doesn’t go to a quarterback? After QBs, running backs and wide receivers are most popular with each position claiming the MVP six times.

Let’s start with wide receivers. For Atlanta, the top option is obviously Julio Jones at +900. Jones was second in the NFL in receiving yards during the regular season and he’s kept it up in the playoffs. In the Falcons' two playoff wins he’s caught 15 passes for 247 yards with three touchdowns.

Other Atlanta receivers getting odds include Mohammed Sanu at +4000 and Taylor Gabriel at +6600.

For New England the top receivers on the odds list are Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan, who are both at +2500. Edelman is often Tom Brady’s go-to guy and he led the team in receptions and receiving yards this season.

Hogan is an interesting choice after his breakout performance in the AFC Championship Game. He had nine receptions for 180 yards with two touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and a similar performance would put him in the MVP conversation.

For running backs both sides have a pair of worthy candidates. For Atlanta the rushing duties are split between Devonta Freeman (+2500) and Tevin Coleman (+5000). Freeman had more yards and touchdowns this season, giving him the edge.

For New England LeGarrette Blount is listed at +2500 and Dion Lewis is at +3300. Blount looks like a smart value pick for bettors after scoring a league-high 18 rushing touchdowns this season. Lewis could also be a sneaky pick if he can repeat his performance from the Divisional Round when he had a pair of touchdowns.

Last year the MVP went to a player on defense in Von Miller. The top defender on the odds list is Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan at +1000. Also getting the oddsmakers' attention are Vic Beasley (+5000) and Malcom Butler (+6600).