Quarterbacks the clear leaders on Super Bowl 56 MVP odds

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of an NFL football game. (Gail Burton/AP)

A quarterback has won the Super Bowl MVP 31 times since the championship game began, by far the most of any position player. That means it’s no surprise that the two starting quarterbacks for Super Bowl 56 are the two clear favourites to claim the award this year at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is the +110 betting favourite and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is the +225 second favourite on the Super Bowl 56 MVP odds at sportsbooks after they led their teams to victories in their respective conference championship games last weekend. The Rams are the small favourites at home on the Super Bowl 56 odds, giving Stafford the small edge on these lines heading into the game.

Last year it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady who was named Super Bowl MVP, the fifth time in his career that he’d won that award. Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs claimed the Super Bowl MVP award the year before that, and in the past 12 Super Bowl games a quarterback has won the MVP nine times – Brady three times, Mahomes, plus each of Nick Foles, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees.

The most recent non-quarterback to claim Super Bowl MVP honours was wide receiver Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots three years ago. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp of the Rams is the +600 third favourite on the Super Bowl 56 MVP odds, with teammate Odell Beckham Jr. at +2500 on those lines. Bengals wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase (+2000) and Tee Higgins (+4000) are also on the board.

Linebacker Von Miller won the MVP award at Super Bowl 50 as a member of the Denver Broncos, and he’s at +4000 odds to win the award again this year as a member of the Rams. The top defensive player on the Super Bowl 56 odds, though, is Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who sits at +1000 odds.

And a running back has not won the Super Bowl MVP award since Terrell Davis of the Broncos back at Super Bowl 32, and running backs have only won the award seven times in the game’s history. The Rams’ Cam Akers and the Bengals’ Joe Mixon are the top two running backs on the Super Bowl 56 MVP odds, with both listed at a line of +4000.

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