Like the Spanish Inquisition, nobody expects Ben Roethlisberger.
Pittsburgh's grizzled veteran has dealt with a number of injuries over the years, and he lost his speedster receiver when Mike Wallace followed the money trail to Miami.
So why, exactly, would he be MVP candidate for 2013?
Well, for starters, we should never count the Pittsburgh Steelers out. Last season was down for the proud franchise, but it was also marred by injuries. Many of those players are back.
More importantly for Big Ben, the offensive line might actually be decent for once. Mike Adams needs to step up in his second season and David DeCastro must prove he was worth his first-round status after losing his rookie year to injury, but the line is better on paper.
As for Roethlisberger's receivers, losing Wallace might not hurt as much as we think, if at all. Antonio Brown is primed to take over as the team's top receiver, and Emmanuel Sanders is back. Markus Wheaton will fill in nicely for the departed Wallace.
With a running game no longer anchored by the likes of Jerome Bettis or even Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh will rely on Roethlisberger more than ever. A great season is in store if he can stay healthy, and that could lead to MVP chatter.