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

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2016

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
Cam Newton5-7Carolina Panthers
Peyton Manning11-4Denver Broncos
Luke Kuechly14-1Carolina Panthers
Ted Ginn Jr22-1Carolina Panthers
C.J. Anderson22-1Denver Broncos
Von Miller22-1Denver Broncos
Greg Olsen22-1Carolina Panthers
Jonathan Stewart22-1Carolina Panthers
Demaryius Thomas22-1Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders22-1Denver Broncos
Josh Norman28-1Carolina Panthers
Aqib Talib28-1Denver Broncos
DeMarcus Ware33-1Denver Broncos
Corey Brown66-1Carolina Panthers
Ronnie Hillman66-1Denver Broncos
Owen Daniels66-1Denver Broncos
Danny Trevathan66-1Denver Broncos
Brandon McManus66-1Denver Broncos
Darian Stewart66-1Denver Broncos
Graham Gano66-1Carolina Panthers
Chris Harris Jr.75-1Denver Broncos
Derek Wolfe100-1Denver Broncos
Devin Funchess100-1Carolina Panthers
Brandon Marshall100-1Denver Broncos
Mike Tolbert150-1Carolina Panthers
Kurt Coleman150-1Carolina 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
QBTeamComp/AttPass YardsRush YardsTDScore
Andrew LuckIndianapolis Colts21/3625234227-24
Alex SmithKansas City Chiefs17/3120433129-13
Austin CarrOakland Raiders12/29135-4215-12
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers40/55380-1334-27

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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