The San Francisco 49ers have emerged as the frontrunners in Super Bowl betting, with quarterback Brock Purdy now leading the race for the league MVP title. Following their impressive victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the 49ers have secured the shortest odds for Super Bowl victory this season at ESPN BET, standing at 3-1. While the 49ers, Chiefs, and Eagles shared co-favorite status last week, oddsmakers now firmly believe that San Francisco is the team to beat.
Adam Pullen, assistant director of trading for Caesars Sportsbook, praised the 49ers’ dominance, stating, “Other than the first quarter, they looked dominant. It wasn’t even close. They have established themselves as the best team in the league at the moment.”
Brock Purdy’s stellar performance against the Eagles further solidified his MVP candidacy. He threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns, outshining Philadelphia’s quarterback Jalen Hurts, who was previously the MVP favorite. Purdy, initially at 9-1 odds for the NFL regular-season MVP, is now the favorite at 3-1, marking a significant rise from his initial 45-1 odds at the start of the season. His surge in popularity has caused concern for Caesars Sportsbook, as Purdy winning the award would be the worst-case scenario for the house in MVP odds.
Purdy’s remarkable journey is underscored by his selection as the last player in the 2022 draft, earning him the title of “Mr. Irrelevant.” Chasing closely behind him in the MVP race is Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, with odds of +325, followed by Jalen Hurts at +350. Other notable contenders include Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs (6-1), Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens (7-1), and Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins (9-1).
A surprising development in the MVP race is Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill, whose odds improved to 18-1, making him the non-quarterback candidate with the shortest odds as of Monday at ESPN BET.