PFW associate editor Kevin Fishbain presents a running meter that ranks the Patriots' top five MVP candidates up through their most recent game.
1. QB Tom Brady: Brady added to his league-MVP resumé by setting an NFL record in Sunday's win over the Bills. He passed Bernie Kosar for the most consecutive pass attempts without throwing an interception. Brady's streak rests at 318. He tossed three touchdown passes in the win, all to tight ends, and didn't need to rack up too many yards thanks to turnovers and the running game putting the Pats in position to score. He leads the league with 34 TD passes and a 109.8 passer rating.
2. RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis: The Law Firm had his second 100-yard game of the season, rushing for 104 yards on 19 carries, a 5.5-yard average. As good as Brady has been, it's hard to imagine he would have similar success if the Pats did not have a rushing attack. Green-Ellis has rushed for 928 yards this season (4.4 average) and is near the top in the league with his 12 rushing touchdowns.
3. ILB Jerod Mayo: Mayo rejoins the Patriots' MVP meter with a great game against the Bills. He recorded five tackles, two passes defensed, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and a QB hit. One of those passes defensed came on a crushing hit he delivered to Bills WR Stevie Johnson on a 4th-and-12 play. Mayo leads the league with 168 tackles.
4. WR Wes Welker: Welker had another light game, catching just three passes for 19 yards. He still leads the Patriots in receiving with 86-848-7 on the season. It likely will be his least productive season as a Patriot, but considering that he's coming off an ACL/MCL injury, his stats are extremely impressive.
5. CB Devin McCourty: After a series of games in which McCourty made play after play after play, he had a quiet day against the Bills, recording four tackles. He added a forced fumble and remains one of the league's best defensive rookies.