Brady makes gains in MVP hunt

After a scintillating Week 8 performance against the Rams that earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has catapulted up ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando's MVP Watch list.

Brady now checks in at third, trailing only Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Entering Week 8, Sando had Brady in the sixth slot, but his strong Week 8 performance pushed him ahead of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Giants quarterback Eli Manning, and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

The 35-year-old Brady leads all quarterbacks with 2,408 yards passing and has thrown a league-low three interceptions (among quarterbacks who have started each of their team's games). He's in the top 10 of a number of major statistical categories, and the Patriots are atop the NFL in both points scored and yards per game.

Brady has twice won the award previously, both in 2007 and 2010. Peyton Manning, who is in his first season with the Broncos, is the only player in NFL history to win the award four times. The two squared off head-to-head earlier this season, with Brady and the Patriots securing a 31-21 victory.

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