FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- If you had an MVP vote, Tom Brady was asked, who would get it? Brady approached the question like it was a soiled diaper from his newborn baby.
"I don't have that vote," Brady said.
But what if you did?
"If I did? That's a hypothetical," Brady said. "We don't answer hypotheticals at the Patriots. [Bill] Belichick would stand up here and say, ‘You moron. Why would you answer a hypothetical question like that,' and I sit right there and he doesn't have to look very far."
Brady pointed to the seat in the meeting room where he sits, and yes, Belichick would say exactly that, except use more colorful words.
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Brady won't touch a hypothetical, but I will. After what he did against the Texans and has done all year, Brady might have sealed the MVP race in his favor.
There are great candidates including Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson. Peterson isn't just having a mind-boggling season, he's doing it facing eight, nine, and sometimes 10 men in the box. You read that right. Ten. Sometimes you watch Peterson and think he's a new model of Cylon.
But I keep going back to Brady and this almost impossible stat: During New England's seven-game winning streak, he has 19 touchdowns and just one interception. That is a level of beautiful near perfection no one in the sport is matching.
Manning has been fantastic as well, but he lost to the Patriots, Houston and Atlanta -- among the league's top teams. The Patriots beat the Broncos and hammered a Texans team some were saying was the best in football by far.
The Patriots are also just four points away from a realistic shot at going undefeated, having lost one game by two points and two others by one.
While Peterson is a workhorse and medical miracle, Brady is a technician. Peterson is a fine piece of construction; Brady is an engineer.
Brady threw four touchdowns against the Texans, and his level of accuracy remains mind-boggling. And, again, Brady is peaking in December.
The candidates are deep and solid, and you can't go wrong with any of them, but after he dismantled the Texans, it's Brady leading the MVP race.