I was nosing around Sulia and other sites and came across Ed Bouchette's article today about Big Ben having a realistic shot at the league MVP this season.

Ed points out a few reasons in his blog that Ben will or should at least be in the discussion:

His competition will come from the usual sources, quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan and Tom Brady. But with three comeback victories in the fourth quarter, a 101.1 passer rating, a new offense and fewer interceptions than all the other named, he should be right there in the discussion.
--- Roethlisberger also is the most efficient quarterback on third down with a passer rating of 121.2. Brady is next with 110.2. Seven of Roethlisberger’s 16 touchdown passes have come on third down.
Plus his sacks are down this year, averaging just about 2 per game. I'll take those numbers any year regardless of whether he wins or not.