Super Bowl LIII Predictions: Tom Brady Favorite to Win Fifth Super Bowl MVP Crown

The New England Patriots are back in the Super Bowl for the third consecutive season and, to nobody's surprise, Tom Brady is the favorite to be named MVP.

The 41-year-old is the only player in NFL history to have won the award four times, once more than Joe Montana and two more than Eli Manning—the only other player to win the award multiple times since Brady made his league debut in 2000.

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Westgate Las Vegas Super Book has Brady at even odds to be the most valuable player on the field when the Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on February 3.

In other words, a $100 bet on Brady would win $100 (not including your stake). At 2-1, Rams' quarterback Jared Goff is the second-favorite to pick up the accolade and the only other player apart from Brady with single-digit odds.

Rams' running back Todd Gurley and his Patriots' counterpart, Sony Michel, are both at 16-1. At 25-1, Aaron Donald has the shortest odds of any defensive player, while Greg Zuerlein, whose kicks proved crucial in the Rams' win over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game is at 100-1.

Bovada also has Brady as favorite at evens, followed by Goff and Gurley at 2-1 and 16-1, while Michel is out at 18-1 and Donald is 20-1.

"The quarterback for the team favored in the Super Bowl is almost always the MVP favorite," Ed Salmons, vice president of risk management and oddsmaking at the SuperBook, was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"Brady was actually minus money last year and against the Falcons."

A look at through the history books comprehensively backs up Salmons' claim. A quarterback has won the MVP award on 29 occasions since the Super Bowl was first contested in 1967 and in seven of the past 10 seasons.

Ironically, Brady's first Super Bowl MVP crown came against the Rams—which were there based in St Louis—in Super Bowl XXXVI, as the Patriots won 20-17 to clinch their first national title.

The California native, who also won the award in Super Bowl XXXVII, XLIX and LI, will make his ninth appearance in the big game next month, more than any of other 31 NFL franchises have reached in their respective histories.

By beating the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship on Sunday, the Patriots became only the third team in NFL history after the 1971-73 Miami Dolphins and the 1990-93 Buffalo Bills to reach the Super Bowl three times in a row and could win a sixth ring in 18 years.

According to OddsShark, the five-time Super Bowl champions are the 2.5-point favorites and -130 favorites in moneyline terms to beat the Rams next month.

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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 37-31. David Eulitt/Getty Images
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