NFL Awards Predictions through Week 11

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MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

i Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots (8-2)

  • Statistics: 145/206 (70.4% completion percentage), 1,915 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 19 rush attempts, 63 rushing yards
  • Analysis: In his six games back from suspension, Tom Brady has been dominant in pretty much every game and has shown that he is really back, and he is not rusty. Sure, he has only played in six games so far while many players have played in 10 or 11, but if he puts up solid numbers all season long like he has done so far and gets this Patriots team yet another first round bye in the postseason, there is no doubt that he will be one of the league’s top players with a legitimate shot at winning the NFL MVP award yet again. The reason he is at the top of this list is because he has shown that value already since returning from his suspension.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-19 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys (9-1)

  • Statistics: 223 rush attempts, 1,102 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 22 receptions, 280 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown

3. i-19 Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys (9-1)

  • Statistics: 214/316 (67.7% completion percentage), 2,640 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 33 rush attempts, 141 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns

4. 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

5. i-15 Derek Carr, Quarterback, Oakland Raiders (8-2)

  • Statistics: 255/385 (66.2% completion percentage), 2,800 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 24 rush attempts, 62 rushing yards

 

 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

i-19 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys (9-1)

  • Statistics: 223 rush attempts, 1,102 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 22 receptions, 280 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 4.9 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 (4-5-1)

  • Statistics: 197 rush attempts, 863 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 43 receptions, 514 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns

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

  • Statistics: 128 rush attempts, 579 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 53 receptions, 415 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown

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-11 DeMarco Murray, Running Back, Tennessee Titans (5-6)

  • Statistics: 212 rush attempts, 1,000 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns, 40 receptions, 268 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns

 

 

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

i-19 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys (9-1)

  • Statistics: 223 rush attempts, 1,102 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 22 receptions, 280 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
  • Analysis: Again, 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 4.9 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 (9-1)

  • Statistics: 214/316 (67.7% completion percentage), 2,640 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 33 rush attempts, 141 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns

3. i-23 Jordan Howard, Running Back, Chicago Bears (2-8)

  • Statistics: 131 rush attempts, 682 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdown, 19 receptions, 199 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown

4. i-26 Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints (4-6)

  • Statistics: 56 receptions, 681 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns

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

  • Statistics: 225/356 (63.2% completion percentage), 2,339 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 28 rush attempts, 48 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 4th 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-18 Landon Collins, Safety, New York Giants (7-3)

  • Statistics: 80 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 10 passes defensed, 2 stuffs

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

  • Statistics: 44 tackles, 10 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 passes defensed, 4 stuffs

4. i-25 Luke Kuechly, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers (4-6)

  • Statistics: 102 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception, 6 passes defensed, 7 stuffs

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

  • Statistics: 101 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 7 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 3rd in the NFL in sacks among rookies with 4, and he has played in only seven 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-9 Yannick Ngakoue, Defensive End, Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8)

  • Statistics: 16 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 interception, 2 passes defensed, 1 stuff

 

 

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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

  • Statistics: 128 rush attempts, 579 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 53 receptions, 415 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 994 scrimmage yards over seven games, giving him an average of 142.0 scrimmage yards per game, which leads the entire NFL. He is possibly the best pass catching running back in the entire NFL; in fact, since his return, he has averaged 7.6 receptions per game, which would give him 121 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-5 Terrelle Pryor Sr., Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns (0-11)

  • Statistics: 56 receptions, 724 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns, 8 rush attempts, 21 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown

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

  • Statistics: 236/375 (62.9% completion percentage), 2,827 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 51 rush attempts, 246 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown

4. i-21 Jordy Nelson, Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers (4-6)

  • Statistics: 53 receptions, 663 receiving yards, 9 receiving touchdowns

5. i-25 Kelvin Benjamin, Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers (4-6)

  • Statistics: 46 receptions, 683 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns

 

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

i-15 Jack Del Rio, Head Coach, Oakland Raiders (8-2)

  • 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 with a record of 8-2. 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 (9-1)

3. i-28 Pete Carroll, Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1)

4. i Bill Belichick, Head Coach, New England Patriots (8-2)

5. i-18 Ben McAdoo, Head Coach, New York Giants (7-3)

 

 

-Asher Fair

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