Super Bowl XLIX is here and University of Phoenix Stadium is the place. Tom Brady and LeGarrette Blount will be ready for the Patriots. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch will be fired up for the Seahawks. When the dust settles around 10:30 ET on February 1st, who will walk with a Super Bowl MVP trophy to go along with a Super Bowl title? What are the betting odds for the MVP award?
Sports Unbiased is weighing in again to look at who will be crowned Super Bowl XLIX MVP. Earlier we already predicted who will win Super Bowl XLIX and that can be found be reading Super Bowl XLIX Predictions and Picks: Seahawks vs Patriots. Below are Super Bowl MVP odds, the Sports Unbiased picks and why each writer that participated made their selection.
Super Bowl XLIX Odds
Note: Anyone not listed above is at odds of 50-1 or greater. Odds provided by Bovada.
Writer Super Bowl MVP Picks
|Writer||Super Bowl MVP Pick|
|Adam Solowiei||Kam Chancellor|
|JR Williams||Russell Wilson|
|Zach Bigalke||Marshawn Lynch|
|Keith Rivas||Russell Wilson|
|Jeb Taylor||LeGarrette Blount|
Writer Super Bowl MVP Analysis
Jeb Taylor – LeGarrette Blount
When the Patriots didn’t re-sign LeGarrette Blount this offseason, many fans and followers were left scratching their heads. With Ridley’s injury early on, the Pats were desperate for a running back. When the Steelers released him, and the Patriots picked him back up, it was like a heaven-sent for the New England faithful.
Lately, Belichick has been determined to run the ball. Last week against the Colts, Blount ran the ball 30 times for 148 yards and three touchdowns. I predict that the Patriots stay with the same formula, and continue to hand him the pigskin. 200 yards, two touchdowns, and a Super Bowl MVP for the Oregon Alumnus.
Zach Bigalke – Marshawn Lynch
The reporters are going to hate interviewing Lynch after the game, especially since the Seahawks tailback is prone to give rote answers monotonously over and over again to any and all questions. It’s inexplicably endeared him to fans, who have loved watching run after long, punishing run from the former Buffalo rusher.
With the Patriots keying in on Wilson in hopes of generating some of the same mistakes Green Bay was able to muster, there will be space on the ground for a full Beast Mode performance. This game could become a battle of tailbacks despite the two talented quarterbacks, and if that happens look for Lynch to steal the show in all his crotch-grabbing, Skittles-throwing glory.
JR Williams –Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson or Marshawn Lynch should be among the top candidates for the Super Bowl MVP, but if I had to choose one player, it would have to be Wilson. After his performance during the overtime win vs the Packers, I am expecting him to bring the same “magic,” only a bit earlier in the game. Wilson has accepted the challenge and could cement his name among the NFL greats this season.
Keith Rivas – Russell Wilson
Last season, Malcolm Smith received the Super Bowl MVP award in what, at least for me, was a hard decision to make. Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman were both beasts in their first Super Bowl of what I feel is a couple more coming and Marshawn Lynch made it loud and clear that he was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, piece to Seattle’s Super Bowl crown and march to the top.
This season I feel that the voting has already been cast, so long as the Seahawks pull out the victory. Assuming the Seahawks roll past Brady and company, Russell Wilson is my undoubted vote for the MVP award. The defense as a whole has stepped up big time for the Hawks, especially against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, but Wilson has been the nail in the coffin every single time his team has needed him. Oh, and he’s 10-0 against Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks…including a 2-0 spot against Tom Brady.
Adam Solowiei – Kam Chancellor
Only one of the last 11 Super Bowl MVPs has come from the defensive side of the ball. In fact, seven of the last 11 have been quarterbacks. But the defensive winner came last year in the form of Seattle linebacker Malcom Smith. Since I already backed the Seattle Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLIX, I must be backing a Seahawk to win the trophy.
A lot has been said about Russell Wilson and his 10-0 career record against Super Bowl winning quarterbacks. Wilson only has one career 300 yard playoff game in seven starts and that was a loss. For all the magical moments from the young Mr. Wilson it is not his arm or legs that will decide this game.
To me the deciding player in this game is Kam Chancellor. The man is a physical force that pushes this defense to new heights when he is healthy, which he is right now. He put the nail in Cam Newton and the Panthers coffin with a 90 yard interception return and was a hard hitting, play disrupting force in the win against the Packers.
He will be asked to take care of the middle of the field and you can expect more than one collision with Gronk in Super Bowl XLIX. This defense and the Seahawks will go as far as Chancellor will take them. It will only be fitting for a defensive player to win Super Bowl MVP in back-to-back years as the Seahawks repeat.