Who Will Win Super Bowl 51 MVP?

After an exciting season it all comes down to the final game with the Super Bowl taking place this Sunday. Most believe that Tom Brady will be the pick for MVP for the fourth time. Can he win it yet again?  The Vegas oddsmakers say yes as him and Matt Ryan are significant favorites.

The Super Bowl is the annual championship game for the National Football League (NFL). The season begins just after Labor Day and continues through early February.  It got it’s beginnings with the American Football League (AFL) champion took on the NFL champ.  The leagues soon merged and then the AFC took on the NFC in a league championship game.  That is the format we still have today.

And it’s quite the event.  Super Bowl Sunday, is one of the most-watched American television broadcast of the year and in the world.

Every year, the NFL honors one player in the game, who was considered to be the most valuable player in helping his team take home the Lombardi Trophy. The award has been presented since the very first Super Bowl and there are definitely some big names that have made the list.

This year, on Sunday, February 5, 2017, 6:30 p.m. ET, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas the final game will be played and an MVP pick will be honored. Other than Tom Brady, there is Matt Ryan who is the quarter back for the Atlanta Falcons who is also a huge contender. Of course there are other MVP odds, that stand a chance to win this award. Here is the list:

* Tom Brady
* Matt Ryan
* Julio Jones
* Ricardo Allen
* Matt Bryant
* Dion Lewis
* James White
* Taylor Gabriel
* Trey Flowers
* Jabaal Sheard
* Tevin Coleman
* Logan Ryan
* Julian Edelman

When you take a look at Tom Brady vs Matt Ryan, the way they play is simple. Tom Brady has won the Super Bowl MVP three times, which is tied for the lead with another football great, Joe Montana. He also have thrown 13 TD passes, and is lined at +160 to win the Super Bowl MVP. Matt Ryan is making his Super Bowl debut and is the second most popular choice to bring home the award at +275 odds.  That gives him around a 25% chance of getting it done.

The odds like Julio Jones to have a strong chance as well.  He’s had a great season with 1,409 yards and 83 receptions.  And while he might win, no wide receiver has won the award since Santonia Holmes grabbed it in Super Bowl 43. There is also Malcom Butler, Logan Ryan, Devonte Freeman, and maybe Tevin Coleman who is on the Atlanta Falcon side, who may impact the game.

What can we all look forward to at Super Bowl 51? There will be a lot of points scored from both teams. Both Tom Brady and Matt Ryan have moved the ball all year long and there is little reason to doubt they will continue the offensive show this weekend. The passing wars will definitely be anticipated, and everyone will be watching to see what moves will be made between both defenses to try and get stops.

So get ready for the weekend.  It brings plenty of action, commercials, halftime entertainment, and quality football.  See if during the game you can make note of who is playing well enough to win the MVP trophy.  Sometimes you’ll be surprised, but most of the time it’s obvious who has helped their team the most.  Then after the game wait for the presentation to see if you were correct.

2016 NFL MVP Predictions

Cam Newton won the 2015 NFL MVP and helped to drive his Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl, only to find himself and the Panthers outclassed by the Denver Broncos. While the Panthers record of 15-1 was impressive, Cam only passed for 265 yards and one interception in the Super Bowl.  The Panthers were overwhelmed by the pass rush of the Broncos.

All this goes to show that the NFL is a team league more than one of individual performance and it is essential for a team to gel and to be cohesive rather than to rely on one star. Still, despite this, there will always be intrigue for which player will win sufficient respect to be considered the most valuable player each year.

The odds typically say that a player from a top team has the best chance to win the award.  Vegas has the Packers, Panthers, and Patriots as top contenders so it’s no surprise the favorites are Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady.  I can easily see why Vegas thinks that way.  Here’s why.

Overall

The most likely candidate for a MVP in the NFL is of course a quarterback. Quarterbacks will touch the ball more than any other player in the game and therefore have the highest potential to have the most significant impact on the field. If you compare that to a running back, who touches the ball only a fraction of the time the odds will clearly be in favor of a quarterback. Teams can often game plan around a dominant defensive star and can thrown double teams in his direction or throw to another part of the field. However, a quarterback is hard to subvert and it is for this reason that most MVPs are quarterbacks.

Leading Quarterback Options

Peyton Manning was the winning quarterback of the Super Bowl but his skills had long diminished despite his victory. Either way, Manning is now retired and there are only a few quarterbacks who seem capable of winning the MVP.

Cam Newton has a chance of repeating if his team can have the same type of year after a Super Bowl loss. Teams that lose the Super Bowl often falter the next year as well so it isn’t likely to see them do well again.  That doesn’t bode well for Cam. Having said that Cam is still on the upside of his career and if he can continue to develop he can truly repeat as MVP.

One quarterback that you can never ignore is Tom Brady. Brady is almost as old as Peyton Manning was when he retired last year but unlike Manning, Brady has shown no signs of his age.  He keeps putting together magnificent season after magnificent season. Brady won the Super Bowl in 2014 and the Patriots remain a perennial contender each and every year.

While there aren’t other quarterbacks that warrant individual mention there are a number of quarterbacks who can get there if they put together solid years. Andrew Luck, with an offensive line finally in place can realize his true potential as a quarterback. Eli Manning can further flourish under the west coast offense and Odell Beckham.  Eli can go on a real run with the Giants for an MVP. Or Aaron Rodgers can bounce back from a challenging 2015 to put together another great year.

Other Positions

There are other players outside of the quarterback position who can also shine and earn an MVP. On the defensive side of the ball Von Miller certainly looked like an MVP in the Superbowl and can earn the big contract that he has been lobbying for. JJ Watt has been a dominant defensive end for ages now and can truly receive the MVP that he has previously earned.

Alternatively a wide receiver like Odell Beckham or AJ Green can stand up and seize the MVP with a dominant performance. To do so they would likely need to get close to 20 touchdowns and 1,500 receiving odds which may be a stretch.

Conclusion

In 2016 expect a quarterback to win the MVP again. While Cam, Aaron Rodgers, or Brady can all take the prize, our bet is on Rodgers to have a bounce back year and seize the 2016 MVP award.