Tom Brady is the MVP of the National Football League this season. Of that, there should be no doubt.
Brady has led the Patriots through a season in which they gave up on a longtime, high-investment project named Laurence Maroney and a trouble-making, past-prime diva named Randy Moss.
He held together an offense on which people had perhaps their first lingering-and-legitimate questions in years and after 16 weeks, he has fired 34 touchdowns against (if you can believe it) only four interceptions.
The trophy goes to the most valuable player of the regular season, so give him the trophy. Do it now.
With just one game left on the schedule, though, and with home-field advantage in the AFC sewn up for New England, there are bigger fish to fry. Brady can no longer be "only" the 2010 MVP. He must now prove he is also the best playoff passer in football or else it will be all for naught.
As it so happens, Brady is very much in that discussion too, and the Patriots can feel confident because they have the most poised and intelligent passer in the league on their side as the playoffs prepare to get into gear. Still, others have their eyes on the crown, so Brady had best watch out.
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