Ben Roethlisberger is Being Disrespected by MVP Odds

Max Staley
Ben Roethlisberger is being disrespected by the MVP odds.
Ben Roethlisberger is being disrespected by the MVP odds. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Ben Roethlisberger has the Pittsburgh Steelers sitting at 11-0 entering Week 13. He's been the most important player on the NFL's best team – which almost always results in an MVP award.

However, taking a look at FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL MVP odds, the oddsmakers are essentially giving Roethlisberger no shot of actually winning the award. That's flat-out ridiculous.

Big Ben is currently available at +2000, giving him the fourth-best odds of taking home his first-ever MVP award. That puts him significantly behind the favorite, Patrick Mahomes (-400), and the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, who are tied at +650. There's no way the gap should be that wide.

We're heading into Week 13, and Pittsburgh really might go undefeated. Looking ahead at their schedule, three of Pittsburgh's next five games feel extremely winnable. The Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Football Team have a combined six wins between them. And Pittsburgh already defeated the Cleveland Browns, 38-7, back in Week 6.

The tough matchups come against the Indianapolis Colts, which Pittsburgh will get at home, and the Buffalo Bills, which the Steelers will play on the road. If the Steelers go 2-0 there, they'll likely run the table.

It seems unfathomable that Pittsburgh could go 16-0 in the regular season and not get Roethlisberger an MVP award in the process. How could anyone be "more valuable" than the quarterback of an undefeated team?

Roethlisberger's odds to take home the hardware should be a lot better than they are right now.

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