After the nation watched Tom Brady’s near-perfect performance against the Jets on Monday night, there might not be any argument about who is the NFL’s most valuable player.
Brady was that convincing. Unless he completely melts down, this race feels over.
Brady is playing his best football in December, when it matters most, and doing it in the biggest games. He has all the prerequisite measurables, as well as the unmeasurables.
The demise of the Patriots offense without Randy Moss didn’t happen, and they lead the league in scoring (31.6) featuring a cast of Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Brandon Tate, Danny Woodhead, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and two rookie tight ends. His TD-to-interception ratio is 27-4. He trails only Drew Brees in completion percentage. We know about his leadership and intangibles, which were on full display against the Jets.
Oh, and the Patriots are 10-2.
Here’s an eye-opening stat the NFL Network research desk was able to confirm: Brady has the most games with 300-plus passing yards, four or more TDs and no interceptions of all-time, with eight. That’s all-time. And he’s done it in back-to-back games. Wow.
I checked in with NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger for his take:
“I don’t think there’s anyone close to him right now. The team is 10-2, he has a new cast of receivers and skill position players, and his best lineman — Logan Mankins — wasn’t there most of the season. The young defense is still learning. He’s the elder stateman and he’s keeping it all together. It looks like they’re energizing him, and he’s playing as well as he’s ever played. It’s a combination of all those things right now.”
Certainly legitimate arguments can be made for Drew Brees, Peyton Manning (for now), Philip Rivers, Michael Vick and probably Matt Ryan. It’s not that this group, especially Vick, isn’t deserving. But Brady’s dominating performances against the Steelers, and now the Jets, in my mind, has separated him from the pack.
That’s enough from me, it’s time to turn it over to you guys. Make a convincing argument for who gets your vote for MVP.
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