The Los Angeles Rams are looking to finish their storybook season by hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, but will have to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals first. Their three-headed rushing attack is going to need to step up on Sunday against a team that posted the 13th-best rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL.
While Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson are sure to get a lot of attention, it's backup Sony Michel that enters as the healthiest ball-carrier on offense. Head coach Sean McVay could lean on the veteran and that makes Michel an interesting dart throw when it comes to the Super Bowl MVP odds.
Sony Michel Super Bowl MVP Odds
FanDuel Sportsbook lists Michel at +12000 to win the award, which ties him for the 12th-best odds among all players and the eighth-best odds among all Rams players. It's not otherworldly to think that Michel could end up with the most rushing yards in this contest, though.
The first-year Ram averaged an impressive 4.1 yards per carry during the regular season and also reached the end zone 5 times. Overall, Michell posted 973 yards from scrimmage on 229 touches and posted two 100-yard games while Akers and Henderson were unavailable due to injuries.
With Akers and Henderson banged up once again, Michel will likely take on the goal line carries on Sunday night. The Rams are averaging 28.0 points per game in the playoffs and the Bengals lack a dominant rush defense. That means a multi-touchdown performance cannot be ruled out here.
Has a Running Back Ever Won Super Bowl MVP?
A running back has been named Super Bowl MVP seven times, yet it hasn't happened in over 20 years. Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos was the last one to accomplish the feat back in 1998 after he rushed for 157 yards and a whopping 3 touchdowns in a narrow victory.
It's worth pointing out that Michel has already rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in a Super Bowl before. A stat line that bests that one could earn the LA running back the MVP trophy.
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