Ron Jaworski and the always moronic/hilarious Tony Kornheiser talked it up on MNF about the Patriots and their chances at the coveted 16-0 season. At that point, I looked around at my imaginary friends saying "Get a load of these guys". I am by no means a fan of the Patriots, nor do I hate them for no apparent reason. I respect the Patriots organization, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and that team. They have done so much during the 2000's. (Including a Super Bowl victory over my Carolina Panthers)
I really do not believe that at 4-0, the Patriots should be getting the undefeated talk. Doing my best Jim Mora impression: "Undefeated? Don't talk about undefeated. You kiddin' me? Undefeated? (Raises Arms) I just hope that Tom Brady can get the MVP."
Yeah, that is it. Right there. Right on the money, Jack. Jaws and Kornheiser should spend less time yammering about the possibilities of 16-0 or even 19-0 and more time on the chances of Tom Brady getting his first MVP award. They did indeed talk about that during the telecast, so maybe I should broaden that last statement to cover, Ahem, ESPN. ESPN has also been talking up the idea of the Patriots going undefeated.
Tom Brady stepped in as the starter in 2001 for the Patriots and since then has led them to 3 Super Bowl victories. Brady has racked up countless 4th Quarter comebacks, 3 Pro Bowl seasons, and the stature of one of the NFL's elite QB's. He does not yet have an MVP.
Right now, the New England Patriots are demolishing everyone they play and leading them is Tom Brady.
Tom Brady's 2007 Numbers Through Four Games:
95/120, 79.2%, 1118 Yds, 9.32 Y/A, 13 TD's, 2 INT's, and a QB Rating of: 134.7
He has led the Patriots to the NFL's #1 Offense that is averaging a whopping 37 PPG. At the moment, he and Randy Moss are resembling Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. Right now, it is Brady and Moss that seem to be twins conversing on the field via ESP. Moss is back to his Minnesota form with 31 Receptions, 505 Yds, 16.9 Y/R, and 7 TD's. (1.75 TD's Per Game Avg)
Randy Moss should be thanking Tom Brady profusely for revitalizing his near dead career. Moss went from chump on the field and cancer in the locker room to a star on the field and team player with the Patriots and I think that should be contributed to Tom Brady.
Let's look at some other QB's through 4 Games:
63/109, 57.8%, 807 Yds, 7.4 Y/A, 8 TD's, 3 INT's ,and a QB Rating of: 94.1
101/160, 63.1%, 1171 Yds, 7.32 Y/A, 10 TD's, 6 INT's, and a QB Rating of: 90.4
86/128, 67.2%, 1066 Yds, 8.33 Y/A, 8 TD's, 1 INT, and a QB Rating of: 110.4
72/121, 59.5%, 1199 Yds, 9.91 Y/A, 11 TD's, 3 INT's, and a QB Rating of: 112.9
112/170, 65.9%, 1205 Yds, 7.09 Y/A, 8 TD's, 2 INT's, and a QB Rating of: 97.3
Tom Brady leads them in Completion Percentage, TD's, and QB Rating. His yards is right there and his Y/A is right there with Romo. Overall, his numbers are some of if not the best in the NFL.
Brady's team is 4-0, and so is Favre's, Romo's, and Manning's. Brady has led his team to victory over 2 2006 Playoff Teams, (Although both are under .500 this season) and out performed and defeated Carson Palmer's Bengals. Big Ben's numbers are solid compared to those few QB's, but do not stack up against Brady.
There is no doubt in my mind that Tom Brady should be the front runner for the MVP as of right now. There is no doubt in my mind that the Patriots will not go undefeated. It hasn't been done since 1972, and has been rivaled many times and has failed. The Chicago Bears got trumped by the Miami Dolphins in 2006. The Indianapolis Colts have started multiple seasons with long win streaks and have fallen late. It is just too difficult to do in todays NFL. The idea of the Patriots going undefeated should be tossed out the window. Do not bring it up again unless the Patriots are sitting at 13-0 with the Jets, Dolphins, and Giants left to play. Forget that idea, and start focusing on what Tom Brady can do. As far as what I think Brady can do...I think Brady WILL win the MVP. Yeah, there's still Manning, Favre, LT, LJ, Romo, etc. But this is Tom Brady and for the first time in his career he has a star studded wide receiver option. He's got Randy Moss, and then some other cast of characters. There isn't anything holding him back, other than himself. And we all know how focused and poised Brady can be.
I'm gonna go ahead and call it: Tom Brady will win the 2007-2008 NFL MVP Award.