Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Will NFL MVP also win Super Bowl? Mahomes, Allen, others to try

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Patrick Mahomes. Joe Burrow. Jalen Hurts. Josh Allen. One in all these 4 quarterbacks has an opportunity to do one thing that hasn’t been finished in 23 years — win the MVP and the Super Bowl in the identical 12 months.

Lots of people within the sports activities world nonetheless imagine the MVP ought to go to one of the best participant on one of the best group. How the award gathered such a distinction, I do not know, however for some purpose, many followers nonetheless maintain onto it as if it isn’t the dumbest saying in all of sports activities. That could be the excellence for particular person soccer video games, and that’s why we’ve got the Super Bowl MVP Award. Nevertheless, that’s not the case for a season-long MVP title.

Not since Kurt Warner

Historical past backs up my argument as nicely. As I’ve pointed out before, NFL award winners have a really troublesome time within the Super Bowl, particularly MVP winners. Ever since Kurt Warner received the Super Bowl in addition to the MVP Award in 1999/2000, zero gamers have achieved that feat. None! Many have tried, and even come very shut. MVPs have reached the Super Bowl 9 occasions since Warner achieved the feat. They’re an abysmal 0-9 although. Humorous sufficient, just a few of those MVPs did win the Super Bowl the next season. Mahomes received the award in 2018 and received the Super Bowl in 2019. Tom Brady received MVP in 2017, misplaced to Nick Foles within the Super Bowl, after which received the massive sport the next 12 months in opposition to Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams. The closest any particular person has ever gotten to breaking the streak was Matt Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP, who went up 28-3 within the Super Bowl, however blew the lead and misplaced in extra time to Brady’s Patriots.

Who’s subsequent?

So, might the streak be damaged in 2023? There’s a reasonably good probability. The MVP frontrunner is none apart from Patrick Mahomes. He’s the highest seed within the AFC and, though he isn’t assured home-field benefit by the playoffs, has confirmed able to main his group to a Super Bowl victory earlier than. Even with out Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs’ offense is diabolical, and is ready to sustain with some other group within the league, even when the opposing protection is likely one of the greatest within the NFL as nicely. That stated, there’s nonetheless an opportunity that Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow, Buffalo’s Josh Allen, or Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts might come away with the award. They do have the second, third, and fourth-best odds respectively.

There can only be one, of course

That’s half of every team remaining with a chance to win it all and have their quarterback win the Super Bowl. That seems like pretty good odds, don’t you think? In reality, though, the odds aren’t as great as you might think. Since only one of those names is a quarterback in the NFC (and he has the worst MVP odds of the bunch), there’s only a 25 percent chance that we see an MVP candidate come out of the NFC. While the AFC is loaded with those MVP-caliber quarterbacks, only one can emerge to represent their conference. The best-case scenario for breaking this curse would be if Mahomes and the Chiefs went up against Hurts and the Eagles. However, that’s under the assumption that neither Allen nor Burrow takes home the hardware. Even still, the right quarterback would have to win.

It would take a miracle for everything to line up so perfectly this year, but this might be our best chance to see the streak broken. I can’t remember the last time we had every legitimate MVP candidate reach the Divisional Round. That, in and of itself, should be celebrated. Seeing the MVP win the Super Bowl though, even now, seems like an astronomically improbable occurrence.

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