I just drafted Tony Romo in my fantasy league last night. I drafted him over Peyton Manning because I fear Peyton's neck has been reconstructed using bits of cardboard and Elmer's glue. So I have a vested interest in seeing Tony Romo not suck this year, and if you're the betting sort, you can also get a taste of the Romo derby, because Bodog has unveiled their 2011 MVP odds, and the Cowboys QB was given a surprisingly good line. From the Star Telegram:
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has 20-1 odds to win NFL MVP this season, according to one online gambling service. Bodog has Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the favorite with 11-2 odds, followed by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at 13-2.
Romo was given the 11th best odds of any NFL player to win the award. Everyone ahead of him is a quarterback except for Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson. Bodog gave Romo better odds than the likes of Josh Freeman, Arian Foster, Eli Manning (why is he even on the list?) and Jamaal Charles. Worst odds? Sav Rocca.
Prevailing sentiment is that Romo remains a second tier QB in the league, with guys like Brady, Rodgers, and Brees a class above him (Michael Vick, listed at 17-2 odds, is kinda of his own separate category of player). For Romo to win the MVP, he'll have to stay healthy, stop turning the ball over, and eliminate entirely the occasional mental lapses that have plagued him throughout his career. The frustrating thing about Romo is that, at times, he appears capable of being that kind of player, but never seems able to fully realize his potential. There aren't many excuses for him this time around. His o-line is better. His wideouts are very good. He has a grownup in charge of the team. He hasn't been burdened with unreasonable expectations for the coming year (Thanks, Eagles). Everything is in place for Romo to put it all together and have a great year. An MVP year, even. There's a chance it could happen, a 1-in-20 chance to be precise.
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