Before the New England Patriots took the field against the New York Jets Monday night, Tom Brady rated perhaps third or fourth in the league in MVP consideration.
Despite a bad game at an inopportune time, San Diego's Philip Rivers looked like a legitimate candidate.
Michael Vick had tallied 350 all-purpose yards in an Eagles win Thursday night.
Even Troy Polamalu was getting whispers of support after another stellar performance the previous night in Baltimore.
Now, the discussion should be over.
Barring a serious change in the winds before the end of the regular season, Brady ought to be an easy choice for MVP. He carved up the Jets, running up 326 yards and throwing four touchdowns without much effort. The Patriots rolled to 10-2 by winning 45-3, and they suddenly look like favorites to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Brady is the MVP for plenty of reasons, but here are the best.