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There is little to rant about, negatively, with this 13-2 Patriots squad that is overachieving, on a seven-game win streak and has the No. 1 seed in the playoffs locked up.
So I'll use this ranting space to make it very clear that there should be no argument about the league's MVP. It's Tom Brady.
It is silly to me that this even needs to be ranted about, and Brady will likely win the award, but I don't think there needs to be such a debate. Yes, Michael Vick provides an incredible story. His electric play is something that we are not used to seeing out of a professional quarterback. He has put the Eagles on his back countless times and put together multiple memorable performances, many of which were on national TV. He might be the league's most outstanding player, he is definitely the league's most exciting player, but he certainly is not the league's Most Valuable Player.
Before I state the obvious about why Brady is the MVP, let's go to the stats, because it's the only area where Vick could try to make an argument, you know, if he had better stats. But he doesn't.
Brady has a 34-to-4 TD-interception ratio. His QB rating is 109.8. He has completed 66 percent of his passes. He set a record for most consecutive pass attempts without throwing a pick.
Vick has a 20-to-5 TD-interception ratio. His QB rating is 103.6. He has completed 63.2 percent of his passes. He does have the rushing stats: 613 yards, 6.7-yard average and eight scores. (Note: these stats are before his Tuesday night game.)
Vick's rushing numbers make the statistical comparison a little closer, but let's go to a common opponent: the Bears. Both players played the Bears in Chicago, Brady in blizzard conditions.
Brady vs. Chicago: 27-of-40 (67.5 percent), 369 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, 36-7 victory.
Vick vs. Chicago: 29-of-44 (65.9 percent), 333 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, 44 rushing yards, 31-26 loss.
Yes, the stats are close, but Brady still gets the edge.
Now that the numbers are out of the way, a category that Brady has a small advantage, let's go to the real reason that Brady should get the award and why this shouldn't be a conversation.
The Patriots are 13-2, the Eagles are 10-4. Brady has to play with the league's 27th-ranked defense, Vick plays with the 12th-ranked defense. Brady throws to WRs Wes Welker and Deion Branch and two rookie tight ends, with two undrafted players in his backfield. Vick throws to WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin while handing off to LeSean McCoy.
Brady has done more with less. He is one of, if not the main reason the rookie-laden Patriots that have the worst defense in Bill Belichick's tenure are the league's best team, because he is having an outstanding season. Vick has more weapons around him. Vick gets the points for his story, his running ability and the plays he has made.
Unfortunately, that does not make him the MVP. Brady is the clear-cut league MVP.