New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been a favorite for the MVP award for the majority of the 2012 season. After starting the season 3-3, Brady has led his team to seven straight wins and done so with a lack of options in regards to his receiving corps. With Monday night’s performance against the Houston Texans Brady is making a run at his third MVP.
While Brady has been unable to win a Super Bowl in the last seven seasons after winning three in four years, he’s remained one of the league’s best quarterbacks. He’s won two MVP awards and been named to the Pro Bowl each year except 2006 and 2008 when he was out for the year after just one series.
This year the race for the AFC MVP is a familiar one. With Peyton Manning back to full health for the Denver Broncos, he and Brady are battling for the NFL’s top individual prize. As in past years, the leader for the award has been changing each week and with Monday night’s performance Brady again made his claim to the award.
With 25 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions heading into Monday night’s showdown, Brady’s stats looked reminiscent of those of his two MVP campaigns in 2007 and 2010. Adding to his stats Monday night with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions, Brady made his claim to be the league MVP for the third time in his illustrious career.
The Patriots have three games remaining this season and after facing one of the best defenses in the league next week in the San Francisco 49ers, Brady will have an opportunity to pad his stats against two of the worst defenses in the league. Monday night Brady played like a quarterback worthy of the league MVP. If he can nearly replicate that performance over the next three weeks, a third AFC MVP may await him at the end of the season.