After leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to their first 9-0 start in franchise history on Sunday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seems to have drawn the attention of oddsmakers following his 333-yard, four touchdown performance against the Bengals.
Roethlisberger now owns the fifth-best odds to win the 2021 NFL MVP award at 14/1, courtesy of SportsBetting.com.
The 17-year veteran has passed for 2,267 yards and 22 touchdowns with just four interceptions on the year. He has thrown at least three touchdown passes to five different receivers. He is on pace for 39 touchdown passes, which would be the most in a single season over his career by far.
The two-time Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Famer has never won the NFL MVP award or been named First-Team All-Pro, but he has been selected to six Pro Bowls.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the current favorite at 2/1. Seattle’s Russell Wilson (5/2), Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (4/1) and Kyler Murray (5/1) all also have shorter odds than Roethlisberger.
Seven-straight quarterbacks have been named NFL MVP. The last non-quarterback to win the award was running back Adrian Peterson in 2012.
The only Steeler to win MVP was quarterback Terry Bradshaw in 1978. Pittsburgh won their third Super Bowl in franchise history that season as well.