Back in 2011, Aaron Rodgers threw for 4,600 yards, 45 touchdowns (to just six INTs) and posted a 122.5 QB rating, the best ever recorded in a single NFL season. Tom Brady’s quarterback rating through four games this season is 133.

Granted, that measurement can be an imperfect one. So, try any of these on for size: Brady has the league’s highest QBR, well clear of another MVP frontrunner, Matt Ryan. He is leading the NFL in completion percentage (73.1), has thrown a touchdown on a whopping 9% of his attempts thus far—his current career best is 8.7%, during the Patriots’ undefeated regular season of 2007—and he has yet to throw an interception. His yards per attempt (9.8) is the highest since Kurt Warner in 2000. Oh, and he’s on pace to throw for just shy of 4,000 yards this season, despite missing four games.

If all of that is not enough to sell you on a Brady MVP case, then throw the stats out the window and just check the results. New England is averaging 34 points per game with Brady in the lineup this season and has emerged as the odds-on favorite to win the Super Bowl.

Brady may have missed a quarter of the season, but he has been the best player in football from Week 5 on. — Chris Burke

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