The Las Vegas oddsmakers believe they are on equal footing. According to Bovada, Flacco is a 100 to 1 long shot to be named the best player in the league in 2014, which is the same odds as the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback.
This has to get a chuckle from even the most ardent Flacco bashers. Flacco has been nothing more than a slightly above average quarterback during the regular season in his career, but he is just 17 months removed from being named the Super Bowl MVP. All Manziel has racked up since being drafted is plenty of comps in Las Vegas. Maybe Flacco has to take more vacations to the Sin City to get in better favor there.
There are 28 players who have better odds to win NFL MVP than Flacco, including such quarterbacks as Robert Griffin III (25 to 1), Matt Ryan (33 to 1), Nick Foles (40 to 1), Ben Roethlisberger (50 to 1), Philip Rivers (50 to 1) and Tony Romo (50 to 1).
The odds on Flacco aren't surprising. He's never even produced a Pro Bowl season. He's never thrown for 4,000 yards or passed for more than 25 touchdowns in a season.
But, when it comes to leading his team to the playoffs, there are not many surer bets than Flacco.