Sport NFL betting: Titans' Derrick Henry is one of three huge values for Super Bowl MVP
Titans All-Pro RB Derrick Henry activated from IR, set to face Bengals
It's believed Henry will receive the bulk of the touches out of the backfield against Cincinnati.As had been expected for days, if not longer, the Tennessee Titans officially activated running back Derrick Henry off injured reserve Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday's home playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Henry was initially designated to return from IR on Jan. 5, but head coach Mike Vrabel understandably played it cool regarding the 28-year-old's status over the past couple of weeks as the bruising ball-carrier completed contact practices and tested the foot that he injured all the way back on Halloween.
One of the perks of being named Super Bowl MVP is(unless you're fresh off ). If you've been wanting to visit the Magic Kingdom, you could potentially finance your adventure by placing a small wager on a longshot to win this year. I've identified three players whose odds are much longer than their team's odds to win it all, but who would be key to claiming the Lombardi Trophy, thus offering significant value. Here's the trio I'm betting on BetMGM before wild card weekend kicks off:
, Tennessee Titans RB (+2500)
The last running back to win Super Bowl MVP was the Denver Broncos' Terrell Davis in 1998. Henry is no normal ballcarrier, though.'s Terminator missed more than half of the regular season with a fractured foot and still finished ninth in the NFL in rushing yards and tied for sixth in rushing touchdowns. He'll get an extra week of rest, thanks to the Titans owning the top seed, and only has to win two home games in order to make it to the Super Bowl. As the team's centerpiece, Henry would very likely be the player most essential to a Titans Super Bowl victory, yet his +2500 odds for Super Bowl MVP are more than triple Tennessee's +750 Super Bowl odds. Compare that to Aaron Rodgers (+450) and the Packers (+375), Patrick Mahomes (+550) and the Chiefs (+500), Tom Brady (+800) and the Bucs (+750), etc., and what you end up with is value as massive as Henry's frame. If you believe the Titans have a shot at being crowned champs, betting on King Henry for MVP is a no-brainer.
Former Titans LB Rashaan Evans signs one-year deal with Falcons
Evans won't be returning to Tennessee but will nevertheless find himself working with familiar faces later this year. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Evans' agents have confirmed he's reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. The 26-year-old played under Falcons head coach Arthur Smith and defensive coordinator Dean Pees when those two were employed by the Titans. Specifics about his contract were not known as of early Monday evening.
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, San Francisco 49ers WR (+10000)
Samuel is like a Swiss Army knife with a bazooka component. Thebegan implementing the receiver into their backfield in Week 10, which unlocked the San Francisco offense like a skeleton key. After starting the season 3-5, they won seven of their last eight games with Samuel playing running back. The third-year hybrid averaged 6.5 yards per carry while scoring rushing touchdowns in six of eight outings. Samuel continued to produce as a wideout, as well, finishing second in the league in YAC (779 yards after the catch) and fifth in receiving yards (1,405). Kyle Shanahan is known for his offensive mind and he has this unit clicking now. If the Niners (+2000 on BetMGM), it won't be due to 's arm; it will be a result of their YAC and rushing attack. That makes new focal point Samuel a phenomenal value for Super Bowl MVP.
Packers' Randall Cobb off IR, likely to play vs. 49ers
It looks like the Packers wide receiver corps will get a boost against the 49ers.Per Rob Demovsky of ESPN, the Packers activated Cobb off injured reserve Thursday and expect the 31-year-old will be available for Saturday's home playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers.
, New England Patriots RB (+15000)
Theare the Bruce Springsteen of the NFL because, baby, they were born to run. For that reason, I spent much of the offseason imploring readers to take the over on Harris' and to bet on him at +8000 to record the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL this year. He easily cleared his prop and tied for the second-most rushing scores, despite missing two games. Harris also ended the season as PFF's highest-graded running back. Bill Belichick built this team to grind you out on the ground. If he gets his seventh ring this year, there's a decent chance he rode the running back who's scored eight times over his last five games. New England is +2500 to win the Super Bowl, yet their best offensive player is nearly sextuple that to win MVP.
Stats provided by Pro Football Reference and NBC Sports.
Ravens OLB Tyus Bowser undergoes surgery on Achilles .
In his first season as the team’s most experienced edge rusher, Bowser recorded 59 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and four passes defensed while appearing in all 17 games. The tackle and sack totals were career highs, as he played 77% of defensive snaps – also a career high. With Bowser and first-round rookie Odafe Oweh as the only impact pass rushers under contract for next season, look for that position to be an area of focus for the Ravens this offseason.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports.