The gift that keeps giving

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Tom Brady claims not to worry about being the richest quarterback in the NFL, just the most successful.

So rather than shower him with more cash this past off-season, New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft bought him toys instead.

They came not in the form of the runway models Brady likes to date, but as playmaking receivers Randy Moss, Donte Stallworth and Wes Welker.

They have been the gifts that keep on scoring and as a result, Brady and the Patriots -- winners of three Super Bowls this decade -- have never looked better.

Brady's five touchdown performance yesterday was as clinical an exhibition as Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Brett Favre or any of the greats of the position have shown.

The previously undefeated Dallas Cowboys put up a fight for a while at Texas Stadium -- even briefly leading in the third quarter.

Ultimately, though, it was little more than cat and mouse for Brady and his boys in a 48-27 stomping of a game from which so much more was expected.

Double team Moss, as the Cowboys did for much of the game? No problem, that just opens up room for Welker and Stallworth, who each topped 100 yards receiving.

All three wideouts scored touchdowns as Brady spread the ball to wherever the Dallas secondary was not.

The result was a career-high five touchdowns, giving him a bloated 21 so far and on pace to destroy Manning's single-season record of 49. (Manning had 17 after six games in 2004.)

With Brady so sharp, the Patriots have rolled to a 6-0 record by scoring a minimum of 34 points each week. Opponents and bookmakers alike can't keep up as the point spread has offered as much resistance as any NFL defence to this point.

On his way to leading the Patriots to those three titles, the tendency was to discount Brady as the perfect quarterback for football's ultimate system.

Sure he was good, but he was no Manning. He managed games with brains rather than controlling them with flash.

Other than on Super Bowl Sunday, MVP were letters rarely associated to Brady's name and that was by design.

The Patriots won with devastating defence and an offence based on efficiency and preparation.

The attack was designed to exploit an opponent's weakness rather than to destroy as receivers and running backs were viewed as interchangeable parts.

Not this year, with a talented group that has allowed Brady to show that indeed he can be spectacular.

Veteran Pats linebacker Mike Vrabel -- who, like Brady has three championship rings -- told CBS's Phil Simms that this team is by far the most talented of the current generation.

Vrabel went a step further, saying that perhaps 10 players from that initial championship squad of 2001 would even crack the 2007 edition.

Even if it's still just the middle of October, it's hard to build a rational argument against.

Normally, talk of a perfect season before the autumn's first frost is silliness. With this team, even though the past two Super Bowl winners, the Colts and Steelers are still on the schedule, such talk is hard to ignore.

A Nov. 4 showdown in Indy with the reigning champs and the NFL's only other remaining unbeaten team is the next big test.

Does anyone other than Manning really think Brady will be stopped?


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