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Ben Roethlisberger Is the Most Valuable Player In The NFL

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With his team more loaded than ever, Ben Roethlisberger is destined to finally win MVP.

As Ben Roethlisberger continues to navigate his way through his 13th season in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers offense will set their goals higher and higher. And with the standard set at such a high level, Roethlisberger will only get better and better as the season goes on. There has never been a time in Roethlisberger‘s career that he has had a better group of highly talented players at every position. And while people may use that as a way to shut down any reasoning as to why he shouldn’t be MVP, the statistics will show otherwise.

Like in every professional sport, the term “Most Valuable Player” gets misinterpreted more than any other award. There has always been a need for a “Most Outstanding Player” award, because sometimes some athletes are just head and shoulders above the competition, yet their play does not translate to wins. A similar situation right now would be Mike Trout, the guy is obviously the most outstanding player in the AL MVP race, yet his team finished nearly dead last. Being the most valuable player means that the team could literally not be doing the things they are doing without you.

Now with that clarification of the word valuable, Ben Roethlisberger is more valuable than any player on any team in regards to how much of a difference he makes when he is on the field. With weapons at his disposal, its easy to say that his numbers will look inflated due to the amount of talent around him. But these weapons mean nothing without him. Already in this season, the Steelers were without starting running back Le’Veon Bell. Yet they still went 2-1 and his backup Deangelo Williams was top 5 in rushing through the first 3 games. Another player that was supposed to be there was Martivis Bryant, but Roethlisberger has already thrown a touchdown to 4 different receivers. Another player who has yet to suit up is newly signed tight end Ladarius Green, and Roethlisberger has thrown 3 touchdowns to the Steelers‘ back up tight end group.

When a Steelers offensive player goes down, it’s a “Next man up” mentality. And while the same would go for the quarterback group, the level of play would be a significant drop off. With Landry Jones at backup, the amount of offensive weapons is insignificant. In seven appearances last season, Jones threw for 3 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, with a 77.3 passer rating, and only 73.3 yards per game.

Through four games, Ben Roethlisberger has 11 touchdowns, 1,116 yards, and a 100.8 passer rating; which includes a game against the Philadelphia Eagles where he threw no touchdowns and two interceptions. If he continues this pace, he will have 44 touchdowns, nearly 4,500 yards, and a passer rating of over 100. The only quarterback in the NFL so far this season who could top that is Matt Ryan, who is playing absolutely amazing with his buddy Julio Jones. And with the highly favored Cam Newton battling injury as well as a terrible team start, he may be out of the MVP race already.

Roethlisberger’s  week 4 performance against the Kansas City Chiefs showed his entire repertoire, giving him the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. According to Pro Football Focus, he was at the top of his game when running the play-action with 124 yards, a touchdown, and a 158.3 passer rating on 7 throws. Roethlisberger talked this week about how being creative with their offensive play-calling makes them so unique.

“When you’ve got as many weapons as we feel we have, we can be as creative as we want to be. You want to confuse the defense, but you also want to be able to play fast. . . We treat everybody the same. We acknowledge and believe that it’s the next man up and everyone should be ready to go.”

Without Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers are not a Super Bowl pick, they’re not an AFC North division champs pick, they may not even be a pick to make the playoffs. But his value to his team, compared to just about every player in the league, is unparalleled. It is time that Ben Roethlisberger is talked about in the MVP conversation for the 2016 NFL season.