The Kansas City Chiefs are favored to repeat as Super Bowl champions, entering the Super Bowl as a 3-point favorite over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Heading into this championship matchup, all eyes are on who win will MVP.
Patrick Mahomes (-105) is the Super Bowl MVP favorite, followed by Tom Brady (+200). Other MVP dark horses at long odds include Buccaneers recievers Mike Evans (+3400) and Chris Godwin (+3400), along with Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman (+10000).
But what about a defensive player winning Most Valuable Player? There have been 10 defensive players who have won Super Bowl MVP.
Here are three Chiefs defenders who are the best Super Bowl 55 MVP candidates.
1. Tyrann Mathieu, Safety (+5000)
Tyran Mathieu is the undisputed leader of the Chiefs’ defense and a first team All-Pro this season. He had 6 interceptions in 2020, including one returned for a touchdown. Mathieu is having a strong postseason with a team-leading 13 tackles (11 solo) plus an INT and a tackle for loss. Mathieu is a game-changing play away from MVP consideration in Super Bowl LV.
2. Anthony Hitchens, Linebacker (+19000)
Three of the last four defensive players that won Super Bowl MVP were linebackers. The last was Denver Broncos LB Von Miller in Super Bowl 50. Hitchens has 10 solo tackles in this year's playoffs and placed second in total tackles for his team this season with 78. He's a leader who calls the defensive assignments and makes other players better. He'll have a chance to have a big impact on this game, especially with fellow LB Willie Gay Jr. out.
3. Chris Jones, Defensive Tackle (+10000)
Chirs Jones is an interior domiantor who was a second-team All Pro this season. He led the Chiefs with 7.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss, and hit quarterbacks 28 times while forcing two fumbles. Jones has been fairly quiet in two playoff games, but he's a defensive disruptor who could create turnovers or make a game-changing stop. If he's at the center of a big defensive play, he could join the MVP conversation.
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