Although much of this offseason has been spent casting doubt over New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning — so much so that it's now been deemed "The Year of Eli-Hating" — Las Vegas oddsmakers weren't so quick to dismiss the two-time Super Bowl champion. Rather, Bovada gave Manning pretty solid odds (all things considered) to win the 2014 NFL MVP at 50/1.
At 50/1, Manning actually boasts the 10th best odds to win the 2014 NFL MVP and is tied for the 9th best odds among quarterbacks. In total, only 16 players have been given better odds than Manning, which is a far cry from what you'd think listening to all the "experts" over the last several months.
Eli's older brother, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, is listed with the best odds at 3/1. He's then followed by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (11/2) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (15/2).
Comparatively, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been given 25/1 odds, while Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been given 40/1 odds and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been given 50/1 odds.
For Manning, who is coming off the worst statistical season of his professional career, even sniffing the league MVP would be a drastic turnaround. A more likely scenario is that Easy-E finds himself in consideration for NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award, which is now apparently given out to players who don't really have to "come back" from anything significant, but rather just improve their overall numbers (see: San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, 2013).
No other Giants players were listed as legitimate NFL MVP contenders.
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