After nine games, the Patriots are 7-2. So taking stock of this team and handing out grades, what has to be underscored are the results for THIS season. Tom Brady was unanimous NFL MVP in 2010. He’s thrown 109 touchdowns and 24 picks this decade. Hold Brady’s performance so far -- 13 TDs and six picks -- to what Brady usually does and it’s a D. But looking at the team’s results, Brady’s role in it -- fourth-quarter comebacks against Buffalo and New Orleans, wiping out a 17-3 deficit after halftime against Miami -- and the fact that he’s working with a new set of targets bumps his grade up. Think about it, even when the Patriots looked awful and lost against the Jets and Bengals, the team was still driving to win or tie in both games. For Brady to be more than 2-to-1 in TD-INT ratio shows that he hasn’t allowed his irritation to allow him to just whip the ball anywhere and force it. Brady is positioned to have an historic second-half to this season because of the return and development of the receivers he got thrown into the pool with at the start of training camp.