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Talk of Fame Network
Tom Brady was voted the Super Bowl MVP last February after New England’s triumph over the Seattle Seahawks.
Eight games into the new season, Brady is still the MVP.
Listeners and readers of The Talk of Fame Network picked Brady the NFL’s mid-season MVP in this week’s poll, giving him 32.8 percent of the vote to easily outdistance Carolina cornerback Josh Norman at 25.4 percent. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was next with 21.2 percent, followed by Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman at 12.2 percent and Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton at 8.5 percent.
Brady, Norman and Dalton all represent unbeaten, 8-0 teams. Brady leads the NFL in passing, Dalton ranks second and Norman leads the NFC with four interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns.
The Talk of Fame Network panel of hosts -- Ron Borges, Clark Judge and Rick Gosselin -- happened to agree with the voters for a change.
"This one is easy -- it's Tom Brady, and it's not close," Judge said. "Let's see, the Patriots haven't lost, Brady's the league's leading passer and New England is on course for another Super Bowl date. What part of this don't you understand? It's Brady in a landslide. Everyone else plays for second."
Added Borges: "Tom Brady carries the heaviest load in New England since the Pilgrims. He carries their offense and that offense carried their team to an 8-0 start primarily because he directs every step it takes. No one does less with more than Brady."
Brady has completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 2,709 yards with 22 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He had a 400-yard passing game against Buffalo, 300-yard games against Miami, Jacksonville, Indianapolis and the Jets and a 299-yard game against Washington. He also has rushed for two touchdowns, one against the Cowboys and the other against the Jets.
Dalton has the Bengals off to the first 8-0 start in franchise history. He has passed for 2,226 yards with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. Rodgers has passed for 19 touchdowns with three interceptions for the 6-2 Packers and Freeman ranks second in the NFL in rushing with 721 yards but leads the league in total yards and touchdowns with 11.