PFW associate editor Kevin Fishbain presents a running meter that indicates the Patriots' top five MVP candidates up through their most recent game.
1. QB Tom Brady: Through six quarters of 2010, Brady looked like a legitimate MVP candidate, throwing for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns as of halftime of the Week Two game against the Jets. But the second half was miserable for Brady, who threw for just 69 yards and tossed his first two picks of the season. Like the rest of the Patriots, a game against the lowly Bills should be a nice boost to his stats.
2. WR Wes Welker: Continuing a miraculous recovery from his torn ACL and MCL, Welker caught another TD on Sunday, giving him three on the season. He has 14 catches for 102 yards this season, but only had two catches for five yards in the second half on Sunday.
3. TE Aaron Hernandez: This rookie is quickly becoming a favorite target for Brady on short- to medium-range passes. The athletic tight end led the Patriots with six catches for 101 yards against the Jets and had one catch for 45 yards in the season opener.
4. WR Randy Moss: Moss caught his first TD of the season, a highlight-reel one-handed grab after beating Jets CB Darrelle Revis downfield. He has seven catches for 97 yards this season, but showed he can still be a deep threat for Brady. But Moss had only two catches against the Jets despite being targeted 10 times.
5. FS Patrick Chung: The second-year player has been the only bright spot in the Patriots' secondary, leading the team with 22 tackles this season. He has yet to record a tackle for loss, but he has been flying around the Pats' "D." Unfortunately for New England, he had to record some tackles after Jets wide receivers or LaDainian Tomlinson beat the rest of the Patriots downfield.