Here are my picks for midseason most valuable player for each team in the division:
There is no debate about this one. Brady was clearly New England's MVP in the first half of the season. Here is all you need to know about Brady: When he plays well, the Patriots are very hard to beat. But when Brady struggles, New England is an average team. Brady started the year hot and got New England off to a 5-1 start. Since then, Brady hasn't been his dominant self, and the Patriots are winless in their last two games. Brady has thrown for 2,703 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on the season. He has a 100.0 passer rating.
I knew Revis was phenomenal before covering the AFC East. But after watching Revis up close for half a season, he is even better than I projected. Revis is undoubtedly the best cornerback in the NFL. A strong case can be made that he is the league's best defensive player. But that's an argument for another day. Right now, Revis is New York's MVP after eight games. He leads the Jets with four interceptions, including one returned for 100 yards for a touchdown. Revis is always around the ball. He also has 12 pass defenses. Even the few times Revis gives up a completion, the receiver often has to make a tough catch because Revis is all over him. It's really something to watch.
Jackson is one of the NFL's most underrated players. But the Bills know he is the engine that makes the offense both dangerous and balanced. Jackson is third in NFL -- and first in the AFC -- in rushing with 803 yards. He's on pace to have a 1,600-yard season. Jackson also is an underrated receiver with soft hands. He's third on the team with 30 receptions for 391 yards. Jackson was in the early season NFL MVP race when Buffalo go off to its 3-0 start. But the Bills have cooled off since then, dropping three of their last five games.
This isn't a joke. This is serious. Fields, Miami's punter, is the only Dolphin who has performed well in Games 1-8. No other Miami player can claim that. Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall has been great in some games and had problems with drops in others. Tailback Reggie Bush is playing his best football only in the past two weeks. Linebacker Cameron Wake has 5.5 sacks but few have been impact plays. Fields has been the one consistent force for Miami. He's putting up Pro Bowl-type numbers. Fields averages 48.6 yards per punt and has 17 punts inside the 20-yard line.