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There is an age-old debate about criteria for the MVP award. Should it be the most outstanding player, or does the V in the name of the award mean that the player who is most valuable to his team should be the recipient?
I bring this up because I saw a tweet from SiriusXM sports boss Steve Cohen this morning that made me think: Ben Roethlisberger is a worthy MVP candidate. Before we go any further, here are the odds over at our partners at FanDuel:
As the odds indicate, the three likeliest winners of this award are clearly Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Aaron Rodgers.
However, if the award is indeed for the most valuable player, doesn’t Roethlisberger merit consideration? Last year, Roethlisberger missed 14 games. Without him, the Steelers went 8-8 and missed the playoffs. This year with Roethlisberger playing, Pittsburgh is 9-0.
Roethlisberger’s stats aren’t gaudy. He’s 15th in the NFL in passing yards, 25th in yards per attempt, and 20th in QBR. Still, if the Steelers have the best record in the league, isn’t it possible that a groundswell of support will manifest in the next month and a half and 30-1 is worth a flier? What if they go 16-0?