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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tom Brady generating MVP buzz already


M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!

The past week was a whirlwind for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

He walked away from a car accident serious enough that a passenger in the other vehicle needed the Jaws of Life to be extracted Thursday morning. That night, he closed the deal on the NFL's richest contract. He led the Patriots to a convincing victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Sports Illustrated selected him for his fifth cover, tying him with Joe Montana for the most appearances by an NFL player.

And then came Wednesday, when he received an honor that must've compelled him to call Gisele with the news.

NFC West blogger Mike Sando moved Brady five spots up the chart to No. 1 on the weekly MVP Watch.

Sando clearly has a crush on the Patriots. He also sits on ESPN.com's Power Rankings commission and listed the Patriots as the second-best team in the league on his ballot.

You can't argue with Brady's performance, though. He completed 25 of 35 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. As Sando noted, he was the only quarterback on opening weekend to have three TDs and no interceptions against a playoff team from last year.

If you'd like to rank the top MVP candidates, SportsNation composed a click-and-drag poll for you.