Ben Roethlisberger 50-to-1 shot to win NFL MVP in 2014

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Roethlisberger's value on the Steelers can't - or just simply isn't - measured accurately through league MVP voting, but the fact other players have more opportunity to put up prolific stats limits his odds in the minds of bettors.

Invoking the age-old argument of what, exactly, should be made up of a league's MVP, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's chances of winning the MVP award for the NFL's 2014 season are going off at 50-to-1, according to Bovada.

One might argue Roethlisberger alone is going to be responsible for four or five wins during the season. Without him, the Steelers' offense would stagnate, and put tremendous pressure on a defense that may not be be ready to handle it.

On the other, Roethlisberger just simply won't put up the kinds of stats many others who are receiving better odds will. It's hard to ignore the impact Denver's Peyton Manning makes on the game, and the prolific level of stats Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers is likely to put up this season will likely be the main reason why Green Bay is among the best teams in the NFL.

We've said this before, and we'll say it again; Roethlisberger wins games, not MVPs, polls or any other individual award cosmetic in nature. Because of that, 50-to-1 (read: won't happen) seems reasonable. However, if you see Roethlisberger playing a little above the level he played at over the team's final six games, and the team wins accordingly, it'll be hard to suggest he's not more valuable to his team than any other player in the NFL.

Voters don't seem to feel that way (although they did give Tennessee's Steve McNair a share of the MVP award in 2003 - an honor he shared with Manning. Go figure.

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown snuck in at 150-to-1 odds, which seems like a tall bet. If Brown is succeeding, it's likely going to be credited more to Roethlisberger.

At least Roethlisberger's odds are considerably better than the three other AFC North starting quarterbacks - or two starters and one rookie who hasn't won the job yet. Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton and Johnny Manziel are all 100-to-1 shots.

Here's a complete list, courtesy of Bovada.

Peyton Manning 3/1
Drew Brees 11/2
Aaron Rodgers 15/2
Tom Brady 9/1
Andrew Luck 16/1
Jay Cutler 20/1
Matthew Stafford 20/1
Colin Kaepernick 25/1
Cam Newton 25/1
Russell Wilson 25/1
Robert Griffin III 25/1
LeSean McCoy 25/1
Adrian Peterson 25/1
Calvin Johnson 25/1
Matt Ryan 33/1
Nick Foles 40/1
Ben Roethlisberger 50/1
Eli Manning 50/1
Philip Rivers 50/1
Tony Romo 50/1
Marshawn Lynch 50/1
Demaryius Thomas 66/1
Matt Forte 66/1
Jamaal Charles 66/1
Dez Bryant 66/1
Brandon Marshall 66/1
Julio Jones 66/1
Jimmy Graham 66/1
Joe Flacco 100/1
Johnny Manziel 100/1
Andy Dalton 100/1
Eddie Lacy 100/1
Arian Foster 100/1
Rob Gronkowski 100/1
Alex Smith 150/1
Alfred Morris 150/1
C.J. Spiller 150/1
Antonio Brown 150/1
DeMarco Murray 200/1 Frank Gore 200/1

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