Tom Brady didn’t seem so MVP-like in Monday night’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, did he?
He completed 55.8 percent of his passes, tossed a pair of interceptions and posted a QB rating of 59.5.
That doesn’t take away from the incredible season he’s having. But that game opens the door for the man who deserves this year’s NFL MVP: Antonio Brown.
Let’s break down why:
1. Where would the Steelers be without him?
Everyone has a litmus test for awards and Hall of Fame eligibility, and here’s mine for MVP: Where would the team be if he wasn’t on the roster? Certainly not 11-2, tied for the league’s best record with the Eagles. Yes, Le’Veon Bell (who, by the way, is averaging just 3.9 yards per carry) helps, and the Steelers defense – sixth overall in the league, fifth in DVOA – deserves some love.
But without a receiver who continues to shred secondaries week after week, the Steelers wouldn’t be the fourth-most prodigious offense, especially when you consider that Ben Roethlisberger has struggled at times.
And if you’re arguing that Brady’s done everything on his own without that kind of support …
2. Brady’s got some help too
The Patriots have the 15th-best rushing attack, which isn’t great,…