Great receivers on display

Get ready for an offensive explosion like back in the old American Football League days this week on "Monday Night Football" (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET), when the New England Patriots travel to face the Cincinnati Bengals. Both offenses are very aggressive and attack the field vertically, and neither defense has faced an offense this season with as many potent offensive weapons as the one that will be staring from across the field this Monday.

A year ago, we spoke about how slow Tom Brady's receivers were and how he was shackled by what was essentially a multiple tight end offense. This season has totally changed, because he now has the fastest receivers in the league with Wes Welker, Donte Stallworth and Randy Moss.

No quarterback in the league is playing better than Brady. He's simply been outstanding. One of the main reasons for his success is the phenomenal way the offensive line has been playing this season. Opposing defenses haven't gotten to him very often. Also, to help further protect him, the coaching staff has him employing the shotgun much more than in the past. So far this season, he's been in the shotgun 66 percent of the time, and he's been wildly successful when not under center. He's 42-of-58 for 457 yards with five touchdowns and just one interception.