Ben Roethlisberger’s wide receivers haven’t been shy about putting their support behind the Steelers quarterback’s MVP candidacy, with both Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson saying they think Big Ben deserves votes for the league’s top individual honor.
But nationally, Roethlisberger is far from the favorite, despite the Steelers’ 10-0 start to the season.
According to odds released this week by BetOnline.ag, Roethlisberger has 16/1 odds of winning the NFL MVP, which is fifth-best around the league.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has the best odds at 5/8, followed by Seattle Seahawks passer Russel Wilson at 7/2, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at 23/4 and Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray at 12/1.
Roethlisberger has seen his odds shorten over the last week, from 14/1 to 16/1. In his 17-year career, he’s never even received one vote for the honor.
Following Big Ben are Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (25/1), Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (40/1) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers vet Tom Brady (40/1). Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has the best non-quarterback odds at 50/1
Last year’s winner, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, is off the board this week after having 100/1 odds last week.