The higher-ups here on B/R asked if Patriots QB Tom Brady was back to his 2007 form. I tried, but I couldn't come up with enough reasons to say he was. Let's be honest, 2007 was the best season by a quarterback ever. The Patriots had an undefeated regular season.
Brady will never touch those numbers again, and the team has already lost twice, so forget about 2007.
This year's model is even better.
Obviously, he won't throw 50 touchdowns (he would need to average more than five per game for the rest of the season to duplicate that feat), but this has been Brady's finest season yet.
In a year following a brutal playoff loss at home, most pundits figured the Patriots were a team on the decline. Yet here they are, at 8-2 tied for the NFL's best record.
The team traded away Laurence Maroney and Randy Moss for draft picks. They lost Kevin Faulk in a Week 2 loss in New Meadowlands Stadium. Yet Brady just led back-to-back victories over Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.
The Patriots overhauled their entire roster virtually overnight. In what should have been a rebuilding year for New England, Brady has stayed the course and has them positioned for another shot at the Super Bowl.
He's playing with the same zeal and fire he displayed during the title years, but he's maintained the nearly flawless efficiency of his record-setting season.
His current stats: 65.3 completion %, 2,362 yards, 19 TDs, 4 INTs, 100.6 rating
That puts him on pace for 3,779 yards, 30 TDs and 6 INTs
The touchdowns would be the second most of his career. The interceptions would be the second fewest ever in a full 16-game season (Steve DeBerg threw 4 in 1990). His passer rating is fourth in the NFL and would also be the second highest of his career. His 19 touchdowns rank fourth in the NFL.
He's done all this without Randy Moss, with a still-recovering Wes Welker, a washed-up Deion Branch, two rookie tight ends and no Kevin Faulk.
Brady is like Ice-man in Top Gun, "It's the way he flies, ice cold. No mistakes." The Patriots are winning because Tom Brady is playing that way and holding everybody, even the new guys, to that same standard.
When he doesn't feel his team isn't playing the way it should, he does something about it, either through his play on the field or his actions on the sidelines. Brady did both against Pittsburgh by throwing for 350 yards and three touchdowns soon after reading the entire offense the riot act on the sideline.
The icing on the cake was his first rushing touchdown of the season followed by his most emphatic spike since the Snow-Bowl.
As for the cherry on top, Brady and the Patriots get to host the Jets in Gillette Stadium in less than two weeks. If Brady can lead them to wins over the Steelers, Colts and Jets in a four-week span, he will stake his claim to his second NFL MVP award.
Assuming this Vick guy doesn't go the entire season without an interception.
*update* as of the Thanksgiving game in Detroit in which he posted a perfect QB rating of 158.3, Brady is on pace for 3,930 yards, 33 TD's,6 INT's