Familiar MVP Front-Runner

Tom Brady has already defied Father Time for years now, continuing to break records and win Super Bowls in his 40s. And at 44, he’s on track to win his first MVP since 2017.

On Monday, Brady threw for 307 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Tampa’s 30-10 throttling of the Giants, snapping the defending champions’ two-game skid.

That he’s the odds-on favorite (+300*) for his fourth MVP is about more than Tampa’s 7-3 record and position as the 3-seed. He is at or near the top in several stats.

  • He leads the NFL in TD passes (29) and yards passing per game (317.7) — if his leads hold, it will be his fifth and fourth time on top, respectively. 
  • He is second in completions (284) and yards (3,177) to Patrick Mahomes, who has played one more game, and third in QBR (65.8).
  • Brady is the third-fastest draw in the NFL (2.52 seconds to throw) and averaging a league-low 2.8 sack percentage.

Brady signed a two-year, $50 million contract extension in March that will pay him $41 million in 2021

In the mix for an unprecedented eighth Super Bowl title, Brady isn’t leaving his GOAT legacy to chance.