Who has a better chance to be the NFL's Most Valuable Player next season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco or Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel? According to odds posted by Bovada.com Tuesday, Flacco and Manziel are both 100-1 long shots to win the MVP award. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the favorite at 3-1. The next four favorites are Saints quarterback Drew Brees (11-2), Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (15-2), Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (9-1), and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (16-1).
Flacco is the only Raven on the list. Wonder what Flacco, already a Super Bowl MVP, thinks about having the same odds as Manziel, who has yet to throw an NFL pass?
The first NFC North player on the list is Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at 50-1. Wide receiver Antonio Brown of the Steelers is 150-1.
A wide receiver has never won the MVP award, so Calvin Johnson of the Lions should feel good about his 25-1 odds. This will be Johnson’s first season playing for head coach Jim Caldwell, the Ravens’ former offensive coordinator. It will be interesting to see if Caldwell helps bring out the best in quarterback Matthew Stafford, given 20-1 odds to win the MVP.
Flacco has already won a Super Bowl MVP award, and he enters training camp more concerned about helping the Ravens return to the playoffs. If Manziel gets more hype but Flacco wins another Super Bowl, Ravens fans will take that anytime.