Newton the heavy favourite for Super Bowl 50 MVP

Cam Newton (Bob Leverone/AP)

The Carolina Panthers are the clear favourites on the odd to win Super Bowl 50, so it comes as no surprise that quarterback Cam Newton is a fairly heavy favourite on the odds to win the Super Bowl 50 MVP award at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Newton is set as the -140 favourite on the Super Bowl 50 MVP odds at the sportsbooks, with the starting quarterback for the winning team generally the top choice for the award. Tom Brady was the Super Bowl MVP for the third time last season, while Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, and Joe Flacco won the award from 2010 to 2013. Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith broke up that run of quarterback MVPs in 2014.

And Peyton Manning was the Super Bowl MVP when the Indianapolis Colts won the championship in 2007. Manning has struggled with injuries and inconsistency so far this season, but is still the second choice at +275 on the Super Bowl 50 MVP odds right now.

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly sits third at +1400 on the Super Bowl 50 MVP odds as he tries to follow in Smith’s footsteps in the big game, while a number of players are pegged at +2200 on the odds list including Carolina’s’ Ted Ginn Jr., Greg Olsen, and Jonathan Stewart, and Denver’s C.J. Anderson, Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas, and Emmanuel Sanders.

Newton, widely expected to win the NFL MVP award for the regular season, is also the +700 favourite on the odds to score the first touchdown in Super Bowl 50. Newton rushed for a pair of scores in the Panthers' rout of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game.

Olsen is then at +750 on those odds, with Stewart at +800, and the Broncos trio of Anderson, Thomas, and Sanders all at +900. Manning is a longshot at +5000 to score the first touchdown of the game, while the 'no touchdown' option is even farther back at +6600 odds.

And for those looking for Newton to score a touchdown at any point in Super Bowl 50, he's set at -110 odds on that prop wager at the sportsbooks; Newton rushed for 10 touchdowns during the regular season, and he's rushed for 43 touchdowns in 78 games in his NFL career.

Carolina opened as a 3.5-point favourite over Denver on the Super Bowl 50 odds, and that line has since shifted to as high as Panthers -6 at some sportsbooks as wagering gets underway.