Ezeki…NFL Awards Predictions through Week 10

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MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

 i-19 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys (8-1)

  • Statistics: 198 rush attempts, 1,005 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 18 receptions, 250 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
  • Analysis: At only 21 years of age, Ezekiel Elliott is the best running back in the NFL already. Not only that, but the Cowboys are actually winning games and have the best record in the NFL without their long-time starting quarterback Tony Romo. Elliott is carrying the load for this team, and he is doing so effectively, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He has also emerged as a pretty decent pass-catching running back as well. Right now, he is certainly one of the most if not the most valuable player in the NFL, and down the stretch he will be a key player to watch for to have a chance at winning this season’s NFL MVP award as a rookie running back.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots (7-2)

  • Statistics: 121/166 (72.9% completion percentage), 1,635 passing yards, 12 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 15 rush attempts, 51 rushing yards

3. i-19 Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys (8-1)

  • Statistics: 187/280 (66.8% completion percentage), 2,339 passing yards, 14 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 31 rush attempts, 125 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns

4. i-15 Derek Carr, Quarterback, Oakland Raiders (7-2)

  • Statistics: 234/354 (66.1% completion percentage), 2,505 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 22 rush attempts, 64 rushing yards

5. i-27 Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

  • Statistics: 236/346 (69.6% completion percentage), 3,247 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 23 rush attempts, 69 rushing yards

 

 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

i-19 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys (8-1)

  • Statistics: 198 rush attempts, 1,005 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 18 receptions, 250 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
  • Analysis: Again, at only 21 years of age, Ezekiel Elliott is the best running back in the NFL already. He is leading then NFL with 1,005 rushing yards, and he is leading the NFL with 1,255 yards from scrimmage. Not only that, but the Cowboys are actually winning games and have the best record in the NFL without their long-time starting quarterback Tony Romo. Elliott is carrying the load for this team, and he is doing so effectively, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He has also emerged as a pretty decent pass-catching running back as well. Right now, he is the best offensive player in the NFL, and that is why he is the frontrunner for the Offensive Player of the Year award.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-31 David Johnson, Running Back, Arizona Cardinals (4-4-1)

  • Statistics: 175 rush attempts, 760 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 36 receptions, 457 receiving yards, 1 receving touchdown

3. i-11 DeMarco Murray, Running Back, Tennessee Titans (5-5)

  • Statistics: 191 rush attempts, 930 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns, 37 receptions, 259 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns

4. i-12 Melvin Gordon, Running Back, San Diego Chargers (4-6)

  • Statistics: 217 rush attempts, 838 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 33 receptions, 346 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns

5. i-27 Julio Jones, Wide Receiver, Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

  • Statistics: 61 receptions, 1,105 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns

 

 

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

i-19 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys (8-1)

  • Statistics: 198 rush attempts, 1,005 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 18 receptions, 250 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
  • Analysis: And finally, once again, as a 21-year-old rookie, Ezekiel Elliott is the best running back in the NFL already. He is leading then NFL with 1,005 rushing yards, and he is leading the NFL with 1,255 yards from scrimmage. Not only that, but the Cowboys are actually winning games and have the best record in the NFL without their long-time starting quarterback Tony Romo. Elliott is carrying the load for this team, and he is doing so effectively, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He has also emerged as a pretty decent pass-catching running back as well. Right now, he is the clear best offensive rookie in the NFL, which is why he is the frontrunner for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Rounding out the top 5:

2i-19 Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys (8-1)

  • Statistics: 187/280 (66.8% completion percentage), 2,339 passing yards, 14 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 31 rush attempts, 125 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns

3. i-23 Jordan Howard, Running Back, Chicago Bears (2-7)

  • Statistics: 114 rush attempts, 605 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdown, 18 receptions, 177 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown

4. i-26 Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints (4-5)

  • Statistics: 51 receptions, 613 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns

5. i-17 Carson Wentz, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)

  • Statistics: 202/311 (65.0% completion percentage), 2,121 passing yards, 9 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 27 rush attempts, 46 rushing yards

 

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

i-14 Von Miller, Linebacker, Denver Broncos (7-3)

  • Statistics: 39 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 passes defensed, 1 stuff
  • Analysis: Von Miller’s influence on opposing offenses is among the greatest that the NFL has ever seen. He nearly singlehandedly brought the Broncos a Super Bowl championship just this past February with his superb play, and he earned the Super Bowl 50 MVP award in doing so. That outstanding play has carried over into this season so much so that Denver’s defense, despite losing some key players this past offseason, is still one of the NFL’s best. Miller is also currently tied for 3rd in the NFL with 9.5 sacks. The impact Miller not only has on the Broncos’ defense but on the Broncos as a whole makes him the current frontrunner for the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-1 Lorenzo Alexander, Linebacker, Buffalo Bills (4-5)

  • Statistics: 39 tackles, 10 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 passes defensed, 4 stuffs

3. i-25 Luke Kuechly, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers (3-6)

  • Statistics: 88 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception, 5 passes defensed, 6 stuffs

4. i-1 Zach Brown, Linebacker, Buffalo Bills (4-5)

  • Statistics: 89 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 7 stuffs

5. i-27 Vic Beasley, Linebacker, Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

  • Statistics: 30 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 1 pass defensed, 2 stuffs

 

 

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

i-12 Joey Bosa, Defensive End, San Diego Chargers (4-6)

  • Statistics: 15 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 stuffs
  • Analysis: Joey Bosa is tied for 2nd in the NFL in sacks among rookies with 4, and he has played in only six games so far this season. As it turns out, he was well worth the wait for the Chargers, and he has really been one of the better defensive players in the entire NFL since he settled his contract dispute with the Chargers and recovered from his injury. Despite having missed four games, which is equal to a quarter of the season, Bosa is the best rookie defensive player in the NFL right now, making him the frontrunner for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-27 Deion Jones, Linebacker, Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

  • Statistics: 64 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 5 passes defensed, 3 stuffs

3. i-27 Keanu Neal, Safety, Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

  • Statistics: 66 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 3 passes defensed, 3 stuffs

4. i-12 Jatavis Brown, Linebacker, San Diego Chargers (4-6)

  • Statistics: 54 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 5 passes defensed, 2 stuffs

5. i-23 Leonard Floyd, Linebacker, Chicago Bears (2-7)

  • Statistics: 23 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 touchdown

 

 

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

i-4 Le’Veon Bell, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers (4-5)

  • Statistics: 100 rush attempts, 433 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 45 receptions, 360 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
  • Analysis: Since returning from his torn ACL that he suffered last season and coming back from his three game suspension to open up the season this season, Bell has already totaled 793 scrimmage yards over six games, giving him an average of 132.2 scrimmage yards per game, which ranks 3rd in the entire NFL. He is possibly the best pass catching running back in the entire NFL; in fact, since his return, he has averaged 7.5 receptions per game, which would give him 120 receptions over a 16-game span, a total that would be considered great even for the most elite wide receivers. He is the frontrunner for the Comeback Player of the Year award as of now because of these insane numbers.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-8 Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts (4-5)

  • Statistics: 221/347 (63.7% completion percentage), 2,565 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 43 rush attempts, 224 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown

3. i-5 Terrelle Pryor Sr., Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns (0-10)

  • Statistics: 51 receptions, 627 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns, 8 rush attempts, 21 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown

4. i-21 Jordy Nelson, Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers (4-5)

  • Statistics: 50 receptions, 635 receiving yards, 8 receiving touchdowns

5. i-25 Kelvin Benjamin, Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers (3-6)

  • Statistics: 43 receptions, 627 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns

 

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

i-15 Jack Del Rio, Head Coach, Oakland Raiders (7-2)

  • Analysis: Jack Del Rio has turned this Oakland Raiders team from one of the worst teams in the NFL to one of the serious contenders to win Super Bowl LI. The young offense that he has assembled is already one of the NFL’s finest, and it looks like it may stay that way for years to come. The Raiders’ defense is also a lot better talent-wise than it has been in recent years. Del Rio has always been a great NFL head coach, but he has never made this huge of a difference on a team, and he has been able to do it with a team that was in absolute shambles when he arrived. He is the top coach in the NFL right now, and he is the frontrunner for the Coach of the Year award because of it.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-19 Jason Garrett, Head Coach, Dallas Cowboys (8-1)

3. i-28 Pete Carroll, Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1)

4. i Bill Belichick, Head Coach, New England Patriots (7-2)

5. i-13 Andy Reid, Head Coach, Kansas City Chiefs (7-2)

 

 

-Asher Fair

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