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Betting on Travis Kelce to Win the Super Bowl 2020 MVP Has Tons of Merit

| January 30, 2020 11:46 am PDT
Travis Kelce Super Bowl Props

The Chiefs are favored to win the Super Bowl, and Travis Kelce has been Patrick Mahomes’ biggest and most consistent weapon all season long. Yet for some reason, the top sportsbooks for betting on Super Bowl 54 aren’t treating Kelce like a genuine candidate to win the Super Bowl MVP.

Yes, the trophy often gets handed out to the winning team’s starting quarterback, which is why I wrote a blog on why Patrick Mahomes will win the Super Bowl MVP. However, we saw one of Tom Brady’s pass-catchers get honored as the game’s Most Valuable Player Award in last year’s Super Bowl, so the idea that Kelce could emerge on Sunday isn’t really that far-fetched.

Read along as I explain why Travis Kelce can win the Super Bowl 54 MVP award.

Kelce Is Mahomes’ Favorite Target

“The Cheetah” might be the most electric receiver on the Kansas City roster, and betting on Tyreek Hill to win the Super Bowl MVP isn’t something I have any problem with. With that being said, backing Kelce might make even more sense.

During the regular season, Travis led the Chiefs in receptions (97), targets (136), and yards (1,229). On top of that, he had 13 plays of 20+ yards, and 65 of his 97 catches resulted in a first down.

One might point to the fact that Hill missed four games, and that’s why Kelce outproduced him, but all I would do is point directly back to the 2018 campaign. Tyreek put up career-highs across the board, and the Chiefs 5x Pro Bowl tight end still ended the year with more catches and more targets.

I don’t want to take anything away from the integral parts of Patrick Mahomes’ supporting cast, but to me, it’s pretty evident that Travis Kelce is the most essential piece to the puzzle.

This Tight End Is Priced Favorably

While I’m personally not very enticed to bet on George Kittle to win the Super Bowl MVP at +1000, nabbing the Chiefs tight end at +2200 at MyBookie is something that piques my interest. Kittle and Kelce caught the same number of touchdown passes in 2019, but Kelce reeled in more receptions and more yards.

Considering that I predict the Chiefs will win Super Bowl 54, the upside attached to Kelce compared to Kittle seems to be off the charts. After all, only one time in 53 previous Super Bowls has an individual from the losing team been honored as the game’s MVP (Chuck Howley, Super Bowl 5).

Good Chance for 7+ Receptions

The winner of the Super Bowl 54 MVP award is going to come down to the steadiest contributor for the winning team. Well, in 16 regular-season games, Travis hauled in seven or more receptions on nine occasions. And don’t forget, here’s a dude who absolutely torched the Texans in the playoffs with ten grabs for 134 yards and three touchdowns.

The 49ers secondary will have their hands full trying to contain the blazing speed of the Kansas City wideouts, while the linebackers will be busy trying to penetrate the backfield and put pressure on
Patrick Mahomes.

How Robert Saleh and his unit plan on slowing down Kelce is something I’m still trying to sort out. That’s why my safest Super Bowl bet is backing Kelce’s number of receptions to be higher than Rickie Fowler’s number of birdies in the final round of the WMPO.

Travis Kelce Loves the Big Stage

Not every NFL player was born to perform at their best when the light shines brightest, but Travis Kelce is more than ready for this moment. To say that Travis enjoys the spotlight is actually quite the understatement. Heck, the guy even starred in a reality dating show on E! entitled Catching Kelce back in 2016.

On the gridiron, Kelce doesn’t shy away from the moment, either. He’s a force to be reckoned with, he’s proven to be a matchup nightmare, and his quarterback loves throwing him the football all throughout the game.

Add everything up, and betting on Travis Kelce to win the Super Bowl MVP might lead to a serious sweat come Sunday evening.

Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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