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Super Bowl LII odds: Who Takes the MVP Award?

Bovada has released the odds to win the Super Bowl 52 MVP, and 38 names are on the list. SportsLine breaks it down and picks a winner -- and it isn't Tom Brady.
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Prop bets always drive up attention to the Super Bowl, but there is no bigger non-game bet for the biggest game than that of the Most Valuable Player.

Sportsbook Bovada.lv has 38 players up for consideration for the top individual prize at Super Bowl 52 between the Patriots and Eagles.

Super Bowl 52 - Odds to Win MVP

Tom Brady 4/5
Nick Foles 13/4
Rob Gronkowski 17/2
Jay Ajayi 18/1
Danny Amendola 18/1
Zach Ertz 18/1
Dion Lewis 18/1
Alshon Jeffrey 20/1
Brandin Cooks 22/1
LeGarette Blount 40/1
Fletcher Cox 40/1
James White 40/1
Nelson Agholor 50/1
Rex Burkhead 50/1
Jake Elliott 50/1
Stephen Gostkowski 50/1
Chris Hogan 50/1
Torrey Smith 75/1
Malcolm Butler 100/1
Patrick Chung 100/1
Corey Clement 100/1
James Harrison 100/1
Devin McCourty 100/1
Nigel Bradham 200/1
Trey Burton 200/1
Ronald Darby 200/1
Phillip Dorsett 200/1
Trey Flowers 200/1
Ricky Jean Francois 200/1
Brandon Graham 200/1
Corey Graham 200/1
Lawrence Guy 200/1
Malcolm Jenkins 200/1
Mychal Kendricks 200/1
Rodney McLeod 200/1
Jalen Mills 200/1
Patrick Robinson 200/1
Kyle Van Noy  200/1
Field 20/1

Quarterbacks have won seven of the last 10 MVP awards, so it's no surprise that Patriots QB Tom Brady -- who's already won this award four times -- is the odds-on favorite to earn the MVP. Eagles signal-caller Nick Foles is No. 2.

A few more interesting MVP tidbits:

*It's been 20 years since a running back won the award. Terrell Davis earned it for the Broncos in an upset win over the Packers for Super Bowl 32.

*Linebackers have won two of the last four MVPs -- the Broncos' Von Miller in Super Bowl 50 and the Seahawks' Malcolm Smith in Super Bowl 48.

*Wide receivers won three of six between 2005 and 2009 but none since.

*No kicker has won the award, though Desmond Howard did for the Packers in 1997 based on his impact as a kick and punt returner. The last defensive back to win it was Dexter Jackson of the Buccaneers back in 2003. 

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PICK: The logical bet is to choose whichever team you believe is going to win the Super Bowl, and go with that squad's QB.

But I'll go against the grain. First, let's eliminate some options.

Picking a defensive player is a crapshoot. It takes a truly special performance to win it -- Miller had 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble to seal Denver's win over Carolina, Smith had nine tackles, a fumble recovery and INT returned for a TD in Seattle's victory over Denver.  I'll pass.

Rob Gronkowski is Brady's top target, but his health is in question, and there are too many other receiving options for the Pats that could steal the show. For the same reason, I can't take an Eagles RB. Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount would each garner consideration if the other was not in the mix.

Alshon Jeffery and Foles connected five times for 85 yards and two TDs in the NFC Championship win over the Vikings. But he caught five passes in a game just three times all year, and more than six just once, in Week 2.

Dion Lewis is my pick. His workload has increased over the last month, and he's a dual threat out of the backfield (he had seven receptions in the AFC Championship).

He is a fast, elusive back – just like the Vikings' Jerick McKinnon who had 10 carries for 40 yards and 11 receptions for 86 yards last week against this Eagles defense. And just like the Falcons' Tevin Coleman, who rushed for 79 yards on 10 carries on Philly in the divisional round.

Lewis will get opportunities in the run and pass game, and all it takes is 1-2 big plays. I'm on Lewis for Super Bowl MVP at 18/1. 

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Adam Thompson
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