The winning quarterback in the Super Bowl has won MVP honors more than half the time. That is obviously one of the main reasons Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos are the two betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark to take home the award at Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium.
Newton leads the way for the favored Panthers at minus-130 (bet $130 to win $100), while Manning is the plus-275 second choice (bet $100 to win $275) to win Super Bowl MVP for the second time in his career.
Manning previously won the award after he led the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl 41. Peyton’s brother Eli took home the award the following season after his New York Giants upset the New England Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl 42.
The Manning brothers are just two of seven quarterbacks who have won Super Bowl MVP over the past nine years, with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith being the others who earned it during that stretch.
In all, 27 quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl MVP in 49 games, with running back (seven times) and wide receiver (six) the only other positions to claim it more than 10 percent of the time.
But two linebackers who may have a better shot in Super Bowl 50 are Carolina’s Luke Kuechly (+1,400) and Denver’s Von Miller (+2,000). You could argue that both players have been the MVPs of their teams in the playoffs so far, although the odds are not in their favor, with only three linebackers ever winning it.
The other top candidates to win Super Bowl 50 MVP include Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (+2,000), tight end Greg Olsen (+2,200) and running back Jonathan Stewart (+2,200) along with Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (+2,000) and wide receivers Demaryius Thomas (+2,200) and Emmanuel Sanders (+2,200).
Ginn has the lowest odds of that group on the Super Bowl betting props because of his ability to score as a rusher, receiver and kick returner. It is also important to consider that no tight end has ever won it, hurting Olsen’s chances.