- Matthew Stafford opened as a +115 favorite to win Super Bowl MVP ahead of Joe Burrow at +240
- This is only the second time in Super Bowl history that two No. 1 picks will face off at QB.
- The Rams and Bengals will meet in Super Bowl 56 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022
Given that quarterbacks have been named Super Bowl MVP in four of the past five years and 31 of 55 times throughout history, chances are that either Matthew Stafford or Joe Burrow will capture the award.
However, there are no shortage of talented backs, receivers and defenders on the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals that may steal some votes on Sunday, February 13.
Super Bowl 56 MVP
|Odell Beckham Jr.||+2800|
Stafford and Burrow lead the way
With the Rams opening as 4-point favorites, Matthew Stafford (+115) is the leader in the clubhouse to capture Super Bowl MVP. Before defeating the Cardinals, Buccaneers and 49ers in successive weeks, the soon-to-be-34-year-old was 0-3 in the postseason after toiling in Detroit for 12 years.
Including the playoffs, however, only seven men have more career game-winning drives than Stafford, who picked up his 44th in a 20-17 comeback win over San Francisco on Sunday.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 31, 2022
Standing in Stafford’s way to Lombardi glory is Joe Burrow (+240), a Heisman Trophy winner and National Champion who has never lost a playoff game in his college or NFL career.
While the two former No. 1 picks are at far different points of their career, both QBs have played at the peak of their powers this postseason. The veteran Stafford has completed 72% of his passes for 905 yards, six touchdowns and one interception while the sophomore Burrow has connected on 68.8% of his targets for 842 yards, four scores and two picks.
Talented pass catchers
Cooper Kupp (+500) has the most catches (159) and receiving yards (2,191) in NFL history, regular season and postseason combined, while Odell Beckham Jr. (+2800) is enjoying a career renaissance now that he’s finally free of Baker Mayfield.
Either could become just the eighth wide receiver to snag a Super Bowl MVP if Stafford is picked off once or twice in a Rams victory.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 30, 2022
Ja’Marr Chase (+1600) set both the single-game rookie record for receiving yards (266) and the Super Bowl-era single-season rookie record with 1,455 receiving yards in 2021. So, becoming the first rookie to ever win the Super Bowl MVP seems well within the 21-year-old’s grasp.
Also, don’t forget about his teammate Tee Higgins (+3300), who racked up 103 yards in Cincinnati’s 27-24 triumph over the Chiefs.
Defense wins championships
Aaron Donald (+1800) leads the NFL in pressures over the past five seasons – and Burrow was sacked nine times only a week ago against the Titans. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller (+4000) could wreak havoc on Cincinnati’s wretched offensive line.
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