Eric Weddle Super Bowl MVP Odds Offer Sneaky Value

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Eric Weddle retired from the NFL after the 2019-20 season. He sat on the sidelines for the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign and remained out for the regular season this year as well. But the Los Angeles Rams were getting dangerously thin in the secondary, so they signed the veteran to their practice squad prior to their first playoff game.

Fast forward a few weeks, and the 37-year-old isn’t just some part-time contributor – he’s become an integral piece of a Super Bowl-caliber defense.

And wouldn’t a Super Bowl MVP award be the perfect ending to the six-time Pro Bowler’s storybook season? Let’s take a look at what makes Weddle such a compelling bet to win the Super Bowl LVI MVP.

Eric Weddle Super Bowl MVP Odds

WynnBET lists Weddle’s odds to win the award at +20000. That means a $10 dollar bet would win a whopping $2,000.

It almost goes without saying, but this bet is obviously a long shot. It’s probably not going to hit. Four of the last five Super Bowl MVP awards have gone to quarterbacks, only two of the last 18 Super Bowl MVPs have been defensive players, and only three defensive backs have ever earned MVP honors.

But it’s still more realistic than those long-shot odds would leave you to believe.

Los Angeles is listed as a 4-point favorite on WynnBET, meaning Cincinnati is expected to be playing from behind on Sunday. Asking Joe Burrow to put on his cape and play hero ball behind a bottom-five offensive line and against a top-five pass-rushing unit could be a recipe for disaster.

It’s fair to expect Burrow to throw a few passes up for grabs on Sunday. And Weddle will have as good a shot as any Ram to capitalize on those mistakes.

He was one of only four LA defenders that played 100% of the defensive snaps in the Divisional Round, and he delivered with a team-high 9 tackles, including 1 TFL.

If he can dial back the clock and generate INTs on some of the risky throws that Burrow is likely to make, an MVP award isn’t out of the question – especially if he manages to take one to the house.

Don’t forget, a prime Weddle was one of the best ballhawks in the NFL. He led the league with 7 interceptions back in 2011 and had a 6-INT campaign as recently as 2017. Of course, he’s not the player he once was. But he’s still a cerebral defender who can bait Burrow into some miscues.

Besides, Weddle coming off of the couch and capping his career with a Super Bowl MVP feels like one of those classic, so-unlikely-that-it-could-happen Super Bowl storylines.

If you want to wager on a Weddle Super Bowl MVP, or make any other Super Bowl bet, be sure to head on over to WynnBET.