Pondering Brady & MVP consideration

With 1,862 yards and 12 touchdowns over his past four games, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has made a late push to at least be included in the conversation for the NFL's most valuable player award.

Truth be told, the award is likely Peyton Manning's to lose at this point, as he's on pace to surpass Brady's record for most touchdown passes and Drew Brees' record for most passing yards in a single season, but there is still football left to be played.

At 10-3 and with a grip on the second seed in the AFC, Brady has drawn notice in the MVP Watch, as ESPN.com's Dan Graziano currently has Brady sixth in his weekly column overviewing the award.

The current players ahead of Brady are Manning, Brees, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

While Brady's statistics this season aren't on par with the best of his career, the case could be made that he's been as valuable to the Patriots this season as nearly any other, as the team has endured through several critical injuries and moving parts on offense.

If we were to cast our own ballot, Manning would earn top billing, as he's been remarkable in his second season with the Broncos. Brady would come in higher up the ladder (perhaps behind only Brees), but all five of the players ahead of Brady on Graziano's watch have had tremendous seasons as well.

With three games left in the regular season, each of the players on his list has a chance to further state his case.

To read Graziano's full post, click here.