Who, Not Named Tom Brady, Could Win Super Bowl LIII MVP?

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When it comes to predicting who could win Super Bowl MVP on February 3rd in Atlanta, you start with assessing the chances of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady first and foremost. Super LIII is a rematch of the game that started the immortal run that Brady and company are currently on back in 2002.
Super Bowl XXXVI, staged after the 2001 season, saw the upstart Patriots beat the then St. Louis Rams in a shocking upset 20-17. Today, 17 years later, Tom Brady was ranked the greatest of all 61 quarterbacks to have ever started a Super Bowl according to the NFL’s official website. Yes, at this point, Brady is considered better than Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino. Brett Favre, Drew Brees and anyone else who comes to mind.

With that in mind, naturally Some leaders in the betting industry have established Brady as prohibitive favorite to capture MVP honors in Super Bowl 53 with odds at +110 over Jared Goff +225. Yes, if it’s not going to be Brady taking home the award (one that he’s already claimed four times, the only player in history to do so), then it would most likely be Goff, the Los Angeles Rams QB1 who threw 32 touchdown passes and 4,688 yards this past season.
Seven of the last nine Super Bowl winners were quarterbacks so if the winner emerges from any other position, it’s a long shot to say the least. There’s a considerable drop-off in likelihood for the rest fo the field, with Rams featured back Todd Gurley getting the next most favorable odds, followed by his Patriots counterpart Sony Michel.

This will be the Patriots third straight Super Bowl appearance. They have won five of them previously, tied with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers for the second most all time.

Only the Pittsburgh Steelers have won more, and the Pats can tie them should they come away with their sixth Super Bowl victory. For the Rams, this is their fourth Super Bowl appearance, with their only win coming in Super Bowl XXIV, when they beat the Tennessee Titans following the 1999 season.

Other Rams with a decent chance of winning the MVP award include C.J. Anderson, Aaron Donald and Branding Cooks. Wagering on on this game is expected to be sky high; perhaps record breaking.

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The state of Nevada set an all-time high last year by collecting $158.6 million in wagers ahead of last year’s game, nearly 40 percent of the state’s total handle in February 2018, according to Nevada Gaming Control Board figures. This year expects to see those figures climb further north.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

He also contributes sociopolitical essays to Chicago NowFollow him on Twitter and Instagram. The content of his cat’s Instagram account is unquestionably superior to his.

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