The Cincinnati Bengals are still in the playoffs, and that’s in large part due to former LSU Tigers Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase. Burrow’s Super Bowl MVP odds currently sit behind only Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Brock Purdy, and Jalen Hurts. To overcome the odds, the Bengals must win the Super Bowl.
So can Burrow pull it off?
Burrow’s Super Bowl MVP Odds
The Bengals go as Burrow goes. After a slow start to the season, Burrow found his rhythm and put himself in regular-season MVP talks and led the Bengals to an 8-0 record down the stretch. The biggest thing Burrow has going for him is that the Bengals’ run game is nonexistent. Their pass-run ratio is one of the most lopsided in all of football, which gives Burrow plenty of opportunities in every game to make his case.
The likelihood of the Bengals winning with Burrow having a subpar game is slim to none. They’ll need his best to keep pace with the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, and the like. If you’re considering a future odds wager on Burrow to earn the award, another thing to keep top of mind is Burrow’s play in crunch time. He usually always rises to the occasion when the stage lights are brightest, and it started in 2019 when he was still in college.
In the 2020 College Football National Championship Game against Clemson, he had one of the best performances in college football history. He finished with 463 yards, five passing touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown. He followed that up by taking the Bengals to the Super Bowl in his second year.
To do so, he had to get past Mahomes and the high-octane Kansas City Chiefs. He did so in dramatic fashion, leading the Bengals to a 24-21 comeback victory after being down 21-3.
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Who’s Standing in Burrow’s Way
Mahomes and company remember blowing the big lead last year and would love an opportunity to avenge themselves, but Allen and the Buffalo Bills are looking to dispatch Burrow and company before a rematch is possible.
The Bills and Bengals are nearly identical teams. The biggest separator is the Bills’ ability to run the ball. That’s going to come in handy in their upcoming matchup with the Bengals in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. They are currently 5.5-point favorites and have home field advantage. That’s a lot for Burrow to overcome. However, if he does, his and the Bengals’ confidence will surely grow as they continue their quest back to the Super Bowl.
Allen is near the top of the league in interceptions and gave away a couple of possessions last weekend against the Dolphins. The Bengals are going to need a few in this matchup to have a chance, and Burrow is going to have to cash them in to win this one.
Kansas City Chiefs
If they get past the Bills, they will be rewarded with another AFC Championship appearance. That matchup will most likely be on the road against the Chiefs, again. Surprisingly enough, they may have a better chance in this game than do against the Bills. The Chiefs’ defense is a problem yet again for the Super Bowl favorites. Additionally, the Bengals seem to have their number, winning three straight games against the juggernauts.
If they do it for the fourth time in a row, no one in the NFC is as good as the Bills or Chiefs. Burrow’s MVP odds would jump exponentially. So, long story short, Burrow must win two playoff games on the road against arguably the two best teams in football and then win the Super Bowl, can he do it?
As tall of a task as it sounds, there is a good chance. At +800 odds on the major sportsbooks right now, it doesn’t take a huge wager for this one to pay off.
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