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: In a battle of two of the league's top quarterbacks, Brady and the Patriots overcame a late surge from Peyton Manning and the Colts in a 31-28 win. Brady continued his pinpoint accuracy, completing 19-of-25 passes for 186 yards and two TDs. He is looking like one of the top MVP candidates in the league when you consider the Patriots are 8-2 with one of the league's worst defenses and Brady is doing it without Randy Moss.
2. ILB Jerod Mayo: The run defense continued to rebound from a miserable game against the Browns, again anchored by Mayo. He led the Patriots with a whopping 15 tackles and the Colts were held to just 71 rushing yards. Mayo has a 21-tackle lead on Chad Greenway for the NFL lead.
3. WR Wes Welker: Welker finally found the endzone for the first time since Week Two, scoring on the Patriots' first offensive drive of the game. He finished with five catches for 58 yards and the 22-yard TD catch in which he ran a solid post route getting past a covering linebacker. He leads the team in receptions (57) and yards (502) and is second in receiving touchdowns (four).
4. RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis: The undrafted free agent who was fifth on the RB depth chart in the summer is putting together a career year. He followed up his 87-yard performance against the Steelers with 96 against the Colts, adding a TD on the ground. Green-Ellis has 568 yards rushing and seven rushing TDs. He is less than 200 yards and two TDs away from exceeding Laurence Maroney's 2009 stats.
5. WR-RB Danny Woodhead: The diminutive back continues to impress everyone around the league, giving hope to sub-5-foot-8 athletes everywhere. Woodhead had four catches for 21 yards and seven rushes for 69 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown run. Woodhead has 529 total yards and four total touchdowns.