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NFL Midseason Awards

It’s time for the NFL midseason awards! We just finished week 9 and it’s time to see where we stand halfway through the season. I will be giving you the NFL MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year. I’ll be giving you my top three choices, their stats, and the reasoning behind my decisions. Be sure to comment at the bottom of the page and let me know what you think of my awards and let me know which ones you agree or disagree with. I’m always up for some criticism whether it’s constructive or not. Let’s get to the awards.

Tom Brady, Bucs are jumping on teams early

NFL MVP

1.) QB Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 67.3 Completion %, 2650 Yards, 25 Touchdowns, 5 Interceptions

2.) QB Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams – 68.2 Completion %, 2771 Yards, 23 Touchdowns, 6 Interceptions

3.) RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans – 219 Carries, 937 Yards, 10 Touchdowns

Tom Brady. What can you say? The guy is putting up 2007 numbers at the age of 44. After Stafford’s dud game last night, Brady sneaks up into the first spot and wins my midseason MVP. The guy’s still making it look easy.

Matthew Stafford has the Rams looking like a legit Super Bowl contender. If it wasn’t for his awful game last night against Tennessee, he would have been my MVP. I do think by the end of the year he will be MVP but it’s midseason and he will have to settle for second right now.

It’s awful Derrick Henry got hurt. He was on a ridiculous pace. I’m obviously aware he’s hurt but still, at the mid-way point, he deserves to be in my top 3 for MVP. I hope he makes it back at some point this year. Henry is a different animal at the running back position.

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NFL Offensive Player of the Year

1.) Cooper Kupp – 74 Receptions, 1019 Yards, 10 Touchdowns

2.) QB Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams – 68.2 Completion %, 2771 Yards, 23 Touchdowns, 6 Interceptions

3.) RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans – 219 Carries, 937 Yards, 10 Touchdowns

Cooper Kupp is on fire and the addition of Matthew Stafford has truly taken him to the next level. Kupp is on pace to record 140 receptions, 1,925 yards, and 18 touchdowns this season. Absolutely runaway offensive player of the year so far is this year.

Like I said above about Stafford, pretty much applies here. Stafford and Kupp have become the best QB and WR duo in the NFL.

Henry, unfortunately, won’t be in the running for this award due to injury either. But like I said about why he was third in my MVP, he deserves to be third in my Offensive Player of the Year as well. The guy is an absolute tank.

Trevon Diggs Picks Up Another NFL Award

NFL Defensive Player of the Year

1.) CB Trevon Diggs, Dallas Cowboys – 7 Interceptions, 2 Touchdowns

2.) DE Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns – 12 Sacks, 33 Tackles, 12 TFL

3.) LB Matthew Judon, New England Patriots – 9 Sacks, 36 Tackles, 10 TFL

Diggs has been amazing in his second year. He makes big plays when it matters and has helped turn around a Dallas defense that was horrible last year. Diggs is the playmaker this defense needs and is a true ball hawk.

Garrett has had a great first half of the season. Leads the league in sacks and has proved to be one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL. As long as he stays healthy, I think he will ultimately win this award by year’s end.

Matthew Judon has easily been New England’s best free-agent pickup. Judon has 9 sacks and gives New England a pass-rushing threat they haven’t had in years. He is the perfect fit for this system and is going to most likely reach the mid-teens in sacks this season.

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NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

1.) QB Mac Jones, New England Patriots – 68 Completion %, 2135 Yards, 10 Touchdowns, 7 Interceptions

2.) WR Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals – 44 Receptions, 835 Yards, 7 Touchdowns

3.) RB Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers – 150 Carries, 541 Yards, 4 Touchdowns, 40 Receptions, 289 Yards, 2 Touchdowns

Yes, I am a Patriots fan but you can’t deny this is usually a quarterback award. How can you not give it to the best QB in the 2021 draft class? Only two other quarterbacks in the league’s history had five wins, more than 2,000 passing yards, and 10 touchdowns in their first nine games. Their names? Andrew Luck and Dak Prescott. Jones joined that club after New England thumped the Panthers yesterday. I expect continued improvement as the year goes on and expect Jones to win this award at the year’s end as well.

Great first half of the season for Chase. I just don’t see him sustaining it and I value quarterback a lot higher than wide receiver. I don’t want to discredit how amazing he’s been because he has been great. Jones just barely edges him out.

Pittsburgh has found their new star running back. He catches the ball and runs like a beast. He is the perfect Steeler and is going to be their workhorse for the next ten years. An absolute steal at the end of the first round Harris finishes third for me right now in a loaded offensive rookie class.

Micah Parsons Provides Bright Spot In Stunning Loss

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

1.) LB Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys – 5 Sacks, 52 Tackles, 10 TFL

2.) CB Asante Samuel Jr. Los Angeles Chargers – 2 Interceptions, 23 Tackles, 2 TFL

3.) LB Pete Werner, New Orleans Saints – 38 Tackles, 3 TFL

This is easy. Parsons is head and shoulders better than every other defensive rookie this year. He will run away with this award this year. He is a tackling machine and is only going to get better and better.

Samuel gives up catches but not much after. Taking after his dad, Samuel is a ball hawk who is just going to get better the more he plays. He has helped improve the back end of the Chargers’ defense and helped them start off 5-3 this season.

Werner’s stats don’t jump off the page but he is already a steady presence in the middle of the Saints’ defense. Werner is playing one of the weakest spots on the Saints roster (linebacker) and is playing very solid. This is a very weak defensive class which helps get Werner into my top 3 for this award.

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NFL Comeback Player of the Year

1.) QB Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys – 69.4 Completion %, 2045 Yards, 18 Touchdowns, 5 Interceptions

2.) QB Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals – 68.2 Completion %, 2497 Yards, 20 Touchdowns, 11 Interceptions

3.) Safety Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers – 1.5 Sacks, 3 Forced Fumbles, 68 Tackles, 1 Interception

After a devastating injury last year it’s so great to see Dak playing at a high level. This award is just easy for me. It’s Dak now and will be him at the end of the year too.

Burrow is having a great year just like Dak, but Dak’s team is better and Burrow turns the ball over too much for him to be my number one here. Great comeback year for him, but he has to settle for number two here.

Derwin James looks just like the Derwin James of old. Forcing fumbles and making plays all over the field. He is a huge reason why the Chargers currently sit atop the AFC West and it’s nice to see him return to old form.

Arizona Cardinals Coach Kliff Kingsbury tests positive for coronavirus -  The Washington Post

NFL Coach of the Year

1.) Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona Cardinals – 8-1 Record, 1st in NFC West

2.) Mike McCarthy, Dallas Cowboys – 6-2 Record, 1st in NFC East

3.) Matt LaFleur, Green Bay Packers – 7-2 Record, 1st in NFC North

Fresh off a win against division opponent San Francisco without his QB and top two receivers, it just shows how good a coach Kingsbury has become. His Cardinals own the best record in the NFL and make Kliff the obvious choice for this award so far this year.

After a terrible first year in Dallas that even had people calling for him to be fired, Mike McCarthy has Dallas playing great football and Dallas looks like one of the best teams in the NFL. Easy choice for finalist for coach of the year.

The Aaron Rodgers drama coming into the season seemingly had LaFleur coming in with a lot of questions and drama. All his team has done is go 7-2 and almost beat Kansas City with backup QB Jordan Love. LaFleur deserves a lot of credit for the job he’s done this year.

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