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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw 326 yards, was 21-of-29 passing for four touchdowns and earned a 148.9 passer rating against the Jets, in Monday night's 45-3 scorcher at Gillette Stadium. Displaying "excellence and efficiency," writes the Boston Globe, Brady "has established himself as the leading candidate for NFL MVP."

Read about how Brady dissected the Jets' defense, third in the NFL going into Monday Night's showdown, in the Boston Herald. The story highlights Brady's "brilliance" in exploiting mismatches, like when Patriots explosive running back Danny Woodhead was lined up with 305-pound Jets nose tackle Mike DeVito resulting in a 35-yard gain for New England. It also mentions Brady's knowledge of the Jets defense--relegating Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis to his own island and targeting Antonio Cromartie's coverage for touchdowns from Pats receivers Deion Branch and Brandon Tate.

Read about what Patriots coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady had to say about the firing of Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, who served eight seasons with the New England duo, in the Boston Globe. The story also mentions Pats rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez's big 35-yard catch in the third quarter and rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes' first career interception, also in the third quarter and deemed the play of the game.

The Boston Herald notebook leads with the notion that perhaps the Patriots were trying to run up the score on the Jets on New England's final offensive play. But coach Belichick dismissed the claim saying no game is really won until the winning team is certain its opponent's number of possessions are less than opportunities to tie the score, especially for a team like the Jets who've climbed back from deficits several times this season. The story also mentions Brady's MVP status, the performance of receiver Wes Welker and the firing of McDaniels.

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