While the Patriots put together a total team effort, it was Tom Brady's orchestration of the league's best offense that caught the eye of everyone around the league—the type of attention that will draw a myriad of MVP chatter all week.
Not that Tom Brady needs a showcase game, but if he plays well and Pats win, the MNF stage will give him a huge push in the MVP race.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) December 10, 2012
Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson and rookie quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck are also of consideration. But Brady's 296-yard, four-touchdown performance against one of the league's best defenses just positioned him in the front of the pack.
Ok, can Tom Brady PLEASE be a part of the MVP discussion now???#MNF— Jennifer (@BostonGaL4Ever) December 11, 2012
You'd better believe Tom Brady just entered the MVP debate.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 11, 2012
As long as Brady is healthy and New England is winning, the quarterback's name will always be synonymous with those three letters: M-V-P.
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New England has won seven straight games largely because of Brady's leadership and his 1,988 passing yards and 19 touchdowns to only one interception during that stretch.
On the season, he has tallied 3,833 passing yards and 29 touchdowns while throwing just four picks. When you factor in his cool demeanor under center, no one can match what Brady brings to the table.
The Patriots will need to carry the momentum into next week when they welcome the San Francisco 49ers into Foxboro on Sunday night—a game that will be talked up as a potential Super Bowl preview after their performance on Monday night.
While the 49ers may pose problems for the Patriots offense, the same thing was assumed of the Texans. If Brady shreds San Francisco's defense next week similar to how he did Houston's on Monday night, the NFL can start engraving his name on the MVP trophy during the post-game press conference.
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