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Early odds for the 2021 NFL MVP came out today from BetOnline.ag and Ben Roethlisberger is tied for the 12th-best odds to win at 66/1. Roethlisberger is tied with Saints running back Alvin Kamara, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovalioa and soon-to-be rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson, who likely will be the No. 1 overall pick by the Jaguars.
Saints quarterback Jameis Winston, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey and Patriots quarterback Cam Newton are right ahead of Roethlisberger with odds of 50/1 to win NFL MVP.
In 15 games last season after coming off major elbow surgery the year prior, Roethlisberger completed 399 of 608 passes (65.6%) for 3,803 yards and had a 33-10 touchdown-interception ratio, along with a quarterback rating of 94.1.
In the first nine games in 2020, Roethlisberger had a 22-4 touchdown-interception ratio and had a quarterback rating over 100 seven times. In his last seven games of the season (including the playoff loss), Roethlisberger had a 15-10 touchdown-interception ratio and had a quarterback rating over 100 just once.
As Roethlisberger's play faltered, so did the Steelers, as they collapsed down the stretch after a franchise-best 11-0 start, losing five of their last six games of the season, including the embarrassing first-round playoff loss to the Browns at Heinz Field.
Roethlisberger's deep ball was not up to par also in 2020 and he averaged just 6.3 yards per pass attempt, the lowest of his career when playing more than two games (2019 season).
Roethlisberger turned 39 in March and will play his 18th season with the Steelers in 2021.