When he looks around his huddle these days and barks out the play call, could you blame
• His running backs at the moment are the little-known or relatively unheralded
• His receiving corps, now minus future Hall of Famer
• His offensive line isn't exactly a fortress, either. Pro Bowl left guard
And still, Brady and the Patriots are enduring and prospering, sitting 4-1 and in second place in the AFC East after grinding out that tough, 23-20 overtime defeat of visiting Baltimore on Sunday. Is there any other elite quarterback in the league doing more with less at his disposal this season? And don't try comparing the weapons
Yep, we're starting the MVP debate as October winds down, and my vote at the moment belongs to Brady. He may not be at the statistical head of the pack among NFL quarterbacks, but when it comes to deciding his team's fortunes, he's the biggest difference-maker there is. Take him out of the lineup, and New England is a third-place team in its division, miles behind both the Jets and Dolphins.