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Terrell Suggs, Ravens: Two Percent Odds
The last time these two teams met (Thanksgiving Day in 2011), Suggs was an absolute force. He recorded three sacks and a forced fumble, boosting his stats and eventually winning Defensive Player of the Year.
However, an Achilles' injury kept Suggs out for the first half of this season, and he is still working his way back to full strength. He certainly has the ability to still take over a game, but another three-sack performance seems like a stretch.
Aldon Smith, 49ers: Two Percent Odds
Despite recording 19.5 sacks during the regular season, Smith has failed to record one in his last five games. This includes both playoff performances against the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons.
Smith has quickly become one of the best young pass-rushers in the league and has the potential of making a huge impact in this game.
NaVorro Bowman, 49ers: Three Percent Odds
Bowman may be the second-best middle linebacker right now, with the best being his teammate.
However, there are times when Bowman plays so well that he looks even better than Patrick Willis. He is talented enough to make plays when blitzing the quarterback, playing the run or dropping into coverage.
If Bowman can play a solid all-around game and make a few huge stops, the MVP trophy could be his.
Ray Lewis, Ravens: Five Percent Odds
How perfect would it be for Lewis to retire holding his second Super Bowl MVP trophy?
Despite being 37 years old, Lewis is playing like a kid 15 years his junior. He's recorded 44 total tackles in three games, making plays all over the field. Few players are capable of using emotion to improve their play to the extent Lewis does, and playing in his final career game will certainly be emotional.
Look for him to bring everything he has to the field and make a strong case to win this award.
Patrick Willis, 49ers: 10 Percent Odds
Could this be the official passing of the torch from Lewis to Willis?
For the past few seasons, Willis has been the best linebacker in football, and it hasn't even really been close. He is a threat to make an impact on every play, in every facet of the game.
He has the best chance to win the Super Bowl MVP of any defensive player on either team.