Jalen Hurts, Patrick Mahomes, Favored for Super Bowl MVP

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Jalen Hurts, Patrick Mahomes, Favored for Super Bowl MVP
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When it comes to Super Bowl MVP betting, the sportsbooks are aligned with the perception the NFL is a quarterback-driven league. 

Each of the four starting quarterbacks left in the NFL playoffs is atop the odds boards to earn the Super Bowl LVII MVP award. 

Here’s a look at how it breaks down. 

The Four QBs Favored for Super Bowl MVP

Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts is the overall favorite for the award at +300 on DraftKings, followed by Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow each at +350 and San Francisco’s Brock Purdy at +650. 

The order of Super Bowl MVP odds reflects each team’s chances of winning the Super Bowl. The Eagles are the favorites at +240 on DraftKings. The Chiefs are +260, the Bengals are +275 and the 49ers sit at +330.

K.C.'s Patrick Mahomes Indicates He Will Play

A high ankle sprain suffered by Mahomes in the first quarter of the divisional win over the Jacksonville Jaguars cast uncertainty over his status to return to the game and the rest of the postseason. But on Wednesday, Mahomes declared he would play in Sunday’s AFC Championship as if there was any doubt. 

“AFC Championship week, ready to go,” he said. 

The Chiefs listed Mahomes as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, and he mentioned the ankle has improved since injuring it against the Jaguars. 

"It's doing good," he said. "I've done a few days of treatment, a few days of rehab. Excited to get on the practice field and kind of test it out and see where I'm at, but it's feeling good so far.

"I felt better than I thought I was going to be after the game. Moving on it during the game definitely hurt. But after the game, I was able to rest it and kind of ice it up and do different stuff like that. I felt in a little bit better position, and obviously, the next morning felt a little bit better, and then I've continued to get better throughout the week, so we'll see how I feel today at practice."

QBs Not A Lock for Super Bowl MVP

Despite the betting boards favoring quarterbacks and the importance placed on the position, it hasn’t been a clean sweep for the award over the last 10 Super Bowls. 

During that span, five of the Super Bowl MVPs were not quarterbacks, including Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith, Denver linebacker Von Miller, New England wide receiver Julian Edelman and Los Angeles wide receiver Cooper Kupp. 

San Francisco running back Christian McCaffrey is the first non-quarterback on the betting odds list for Super Bowl MVP, coming in at +1700 on FanDuel. The highest wideout is Cincinnati wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase at +2400, while San Francisco defensive lineman Nick Bosa is the highest defensive player at +4900. 

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