National perspective on Patriots

A look at links from around the country highlighting the Patriots:

1. Tim Graham, who covers the AFC East for ESPN.com, writes on the "limited edition" footballs that only a few defenders have snared this season in intercepting Tom Brady.

2. Don Banks of SI.com offers up his 2010 awards ballot, and the Patriots are well represented with Tom Brady (MVP), Bill Belichick (Coach of the Year) and Devin McCourty (runner-up Defensive Rookie of the Year).

3. Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com shares his ballot as well, putting Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis on as the NFL's most improved player. In a different piece, Prisco wonders why safety Brandon Meriweather is on the AFC Pro Bowl team.

4. Writing for Foxsports.com, Kalani Simpson sees something similar in the 2010 Patriots, something he noticed from their past championship teams.

5. Vic Carucci of NFL.com writes on why Tom Brady is the easy choice for MVP.