It’s been quite a season for the New England Patriots, hasn’t it? A perfect season, a handful of records and now QB Tom Brady has been chosen as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, as voted by the Associated Press.
Brady picked up 49 of the 50 votes from a nationwide media panel that regularly covers the NFL. The only other vote went to Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre..
In leading the Patriots to the NFL’s first undefeated regular season in 35 years, Brady was amazingly focused and it was clear that he had only one goal in mind: to win. He led the NFL with a passer rating of 117.2, a completion percentage of 68.9 and 4,806 yards, while also setting a league record with 50 touchdown passes.
This makes Brady the first Patriot to earn the MVP award. San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson won the award last year.
BTW, the New England Patriots are the heavy, heavy favorites to win the 2008 Super Bowl by 1/2 odds.
The NFL never ceases to amaze. We saw some amazing things happen both on and off the field in 2007. Some of what we saw, we wish we hadn’t. The Top 10 list of the league’s biggest stories of the year proves that truth is stranger than fiction.
Michael Vick arrested and jailed on dogfighting charges, suspended by NFL New England Patriots go 16-0 during 2007 regular season Sean Taylor shot at his home by intruder, dies at hospital Marquise Hill dies in jet-ski accident Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears at Super Bowl XLI Bobby Petrino signs with Atlanta Falcons, leaves for Arkansas after 13 games Bill Parcells retires for third time, comes back as top exec for 1-15 Dolphins Tom Brady (50 TD passes) and Randy Moss (23 TD catches) set league records Brett Favre breaks Dan Marino’s career records for TDs and yards passing Pac-Man Jones suspended for entire season following strip-club riot
Brady’s chances of breaking Manning’s record are very closely related to Moss’ chances of breaking Rice’s record. With 48 scoring throws through the Pats’ first 15 games, and with the team chasing down a perfect season, New England will play for history Saturday night vs. the Giants. And to win, the Patriots must throw the ball.
One factor that could work against Brady and Moss might be the elements on a late December evening in Jersey, where the wind can make throwing the ball very tough. The Giants gave up big yardage and points to Dallas and Green Bay early this season, but since then the G-Men defense hasn’t been too bad, and they rank in the top 10 against the pass.
Of course, they haven’t run up against anything like the Brady bunch. Given any chance whatsoever, Belichick will get both his QB and his slender WR their records.
That’s the main storyline (as far as we’re concerned) about Sunday’s Patriots-Colts game. Sure, the Pats went 9-0 straight up and will now carry the 1972 Miami Dolphins on their backs for the rest of the season – or until they lose, whichever comes first. But it was easily the toughest game of the year for both teams, and New England escaped by the skin of its teeth.
It took two fourth-quarter TD drives (keyed by two Tom Brady bombs) for New England to win 24-20 as 6.5-point road faves. Indy’s offense did well in the first three quarters, but the absence of Marvin Harrison was problematic for Peyton Manning, especially once Anthony Gonzalez was knocked out in the first half with a finger injury.
Even if you had given the Colts a full complement, Sunday’s game would have been a close one. Perhaps they will meet again in the AFC Championship (fingers crossed).
Now here’s a highlite video of the Colts/Patriots game from Sunday. Enjoy.
Tom Brady is human after all. Did you see that interception he threw Monday night against the Bengals? Horrible.
He’ll need to throw about six of those against Cleveland if the Browns are going to have any hope of winning this week. The question is how big the spread is going to be. We were anticipating something just over two converted touchdowns at press time. The Browns are 3-1 ATS this season and have already upset both Cleveland and Baltimore.
We were also still doing the math on the Chargers-Broncos before the line went up. This is the mirror image of the Browns-Pats matchup: a combined 1-7 ATS. It looks like Denver will be a very small favorite at home, but the Chargers are starting to get their run game in order, which is doom for the Broncos. They let Joseph Addai and Kenton Keith romp for 216 yards in Sunday’s 38-20 loss. Yikes.