Super Bowl 50: MVP Odds, Predictions After Panthers vs. Broncos Opening Night

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Super Bowl 50: MVP Odds, Predictions After Panthers vs. Broncos Opening Night
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Super Bowl 50 is just days away, and with each passing minute, the anticipation begins to build.

In today's age, you can bet on each and every aspect of the big game, whether it's the winner, the coin toss or the halftime show. 

Among things up for deliberation is the game's most valuable player, the man who will most likely lead his team to a historic victory in heroic fashion and see his name go down in Super Bowl history. 

Courtesy of Odds Shark, here are the latest odds regarding which player will be named Super Bowl 50 MVP.

Super Bowl 50 MVP Odds
Player Odds Team
Cam Newton 5-7 Carolina Panthers
Peyton Manning 11-4 Denver Broncos
Luke Kuechly 14-1 Carolina Panthers
Ted Ginn Jr 22-1 Carolina Panthers
C.J. Anderson 22-1 Denver Broncos
Von Miller 22-1 Denver Broncos
Greg Olsen 22-1 Carolina Panthers
Jonathan Stewart 22-1 Carolina Panthers
Demaryius Thomas 22-1 Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders 22-1 Denver Broncos
Josh Norman 28-1 Carolina Panthers
Aqib Talib 28-1 Denver Broncos
DeMarcus Ware 33-1 Denver Broncos
Corey Brown 66-1 Carolina Panthers
Ronnie Hillman 66-1 Denver Broncos
Owen Daniels 66-1 Denver Broncos
Danny Trevathan 66-1 Denver Broncos
Brandon McManus 66-1 Denver Broncos
Darian Stewart 66-1 Denver Broncos
Graham Gano 66-1 Carolina Panthers
Chris Harris Jr. 75-1 Denver Broncos
Derek Wolfe 100-1 Denver Broncos
Devin Funchess 100-1 Carolina Panthers
Brandon Marshall 100-1 Denver Broncos
Mike Tolbert 150-1 Carolina Panthers
Kurt Coleman 150-1 Carolina Panthers

Odds Shark

MVP Prediction: Cam Newton

It could be a sweep of regular-season MVP and Super Bowl MVP for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

He's up for consideration for regular-season honors and is one big performance away from getting not only a ring but a Super Bowl MVP, too. He'd be the first player to do so since Kurt Warner with the St. Louis Rams in 1999. 

He has quite a task ahead of him though against the stifling Denver Broncos defense, which led the NFL in the regular season in total yards and passing yards allowed. 

In the playoffs, Denver held offenses led by a hobbled Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady to a combined 34 points in two games, giving its own sputtering offense a chance to win. 

On paper, the odds look like they'd be stacked against Newton to put up a big game in the Super Bowl. However, he could very well open up this Broncos defense. 

Denver's four losses this season came against teams whose quarterbacks are some of the more mobile in the league. Although the QBs in question might have not had the best games, they found ways to win. 

Opposing Quarterback Performances in Broncos Losses
QB Team Comp/Att Pass Yards Rush Yards TD Score
Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts 21/36 252 34 2 27-24
Alex Smith Kansas City Chiefs 17/31 204 33 1 29-13
Austin Carr Oakland Raiders 12/29 135 -4 2 15-12
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers 40/55 380 -1 3 34-27

Newton, though, is the most mobile quarterback in the league and pairs those legs with a rocket arm that can pick apart even the best defenses.

He threw for over 3,800 yards and rushed for another 600 in the regular season and is red hot right now. He's leading a Panthers team that has scored over 30 points in each of their last three games. 

Newton himself has scored a combined nine touchdowns. Five of them came through the air, while he added four more on the ground.  That kind of versatility is going to be difficult to stop no matter how good the defense is.

He runs like a running back at 6'6", 260 pounds, and when he gets going, he's tough to stop, as the NFL noted:

And when he has time in the pocket, he can find his receiver and really put some mustard behind a throw, which is usually very accurate. 

If the Broncos took on any other NFC team in the Super Bowl, there's a good chance we would've picked them. The pressure that they are able to put on the quarterback is overwhelming for less mobile passers.

But Newton has the capability to escape and make plays, which is going to be too much for the Broncos defense to handle as the Panthers win their first Super Bowl. 

Newton's predicted stat line: 20-31, 262 passing yards, 63 rushing yards, 3 total touchdowns

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