NFL Awards Predictions through Week 14

Photo Credit: theScore (featured image), ESPN (team logos)

 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

i Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots (11-2)

  • Statistics: 233/340 (68.5% completion percentage), 2,876 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 26 rush attempts, 59 rushing yards
  • Analysis: In his nine 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 nine games so far while many players have played in 13, 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 Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys (11-2)

  • Statistics: 260/395 (65.8% completion percentage), 3,139 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 48 rush attempts, 218 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns, 1 tackle

3. i-21 Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers (7-6)

  • Statistics: 327/502 (65.1% completion percentage), 3,529 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 52 rush attempts, 295 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns

4. i-27 Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons (8-5)

  • Statistics: 302/442 (68.3% completion percentage), 4,050 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 30 rush attempts, 107 rushing yards

5. i-15 Derek Carr, Quarterback, Oakland Raiders (10-3)

  • Statistics: 317/499 (63.5% completion percentage), 3,492 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 33 rush attempts, 57 rushing yards

 

 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

i-4 Le’Veon Bell, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5)

  • Statistics: 218 rush attempts, 1,053 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 67 receptions, 563 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
  • Analysis: Since returning from his three game suspension to open up this season, Bell has already totaled 1,616 scrimmage yards over 10 games, giving him an average of 161.6 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 6.7 receptions per game, which would give him 107.2 receptions over a 16-game span, a total that would be considered great for even the most elite wide receivers. He is the frontrunner for the Offensive Player of the Year award as of now because of these insane numbers.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-31 David Johnson, Running Back, Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1)

  • Statistics: 248 rush attempts, 1,085 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 65 receptions, 745 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns, 3 tackles

3. i-19 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys (11-2)

  • Statistics: 287 rush attempts, 1,392 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 28 receptions, 322 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 tackle

4. i-11 DeMarco Murray, Running Back, Tennessee Titans (7-6)

  • Statistics: 250 rush attempts, 1,135 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 45 receptions, 309 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns, 1/2 (50.0% completion percentage), 10 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown

5. i-12 Melvin Gordon, Running Back, San Diego Chargers (5-8)

  • Statistics: 254 rush attempts, 997 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 41 receptions, 419 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns

 

 

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

i-19 Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys (11-2)

  • Statistics: 260/395 (65.8% completion percentage), 3,139 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 48 rush attempts, 218 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns, 1 tackle
  • Analysis: Dak Prescott has emerged as one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the NFL, and his statistics are getting better and better each week as he develops into an even better overall quarterback. Through 13 games in his rookie season, Prescott’s total touchdown to interception ratio is 25 to 4, which leads the NFL among players who have played in as many games. He is becoming much more productive and directly responsible for the Cowboys’ scoring than he was up until a few weeks ago, and having such great statistics to back up his great play and leading the team with the best record in the NFL makes him a solid Offensive Rookie of the Year award candidate at this point in the season.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-19 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys (11-2)

  • Statistics: 287 rush attempts, 1,392 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 28 receptions, 322 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown

3. i-23 Jordan Howard, Running Back, Chicago Bears (3-10)

  • Statistics: 194 rush attempts, 969 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdown, 24 receptions, 266 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 2 tackles

4. KC Tyreek Hill, Wide Receiver, Kansas City Chiefs (10-3)

  • Statistics: 56 receptions, 547 receiving yards, 6 receiving touchdowns, 14 rush attempts, 89 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 13 kickoff returns, 367 kickoff return yards, 1 kickoff return touchdown, 31 punt returns, 473 punt return yards, 1 punt return touchdown, 7 tackles

5. i-26 Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints (5-8)

  • Statistics: 69 receptions, 831 receiving yards, 7 receiving touchdowns, 4 tackles

 

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

i-15 Khalil Mack, Linebacker, Oakland Raiders (10-3)

  • Statistics: 61 tackles, 11 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 interception, 1 touchdown, 3 passes defensed, 4 stuffs
  • Analysis: Khalil Mack has developed into a one-man wrecking crew that has kept the Raiders’ defense competitive in every game they play. His ability to alter the outcome of any given game has been on display week in and week out, as he has the ability to get to the quarterback and cause a lot of turnovers, which he has been doing more and more throughout the season. Given the success of the Raiders as a team this season, how much Mack really means to this team has shown through, especially this season, and it is why he is currently the frontrunner for this season’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-14 Von Miller, Linebacker, Denver Broncos (8-5)

  • Statistics: 59 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 3 passes defensed, 1 stuff

3. i-18 Landon Collins, Safety, New York Giants (9-4)

  • Statistics: 100 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 13 passes defensed, 2 stuffs

4. i-27 Vic Beasley Jr., Linebacker, Atlanta Falcons (8-5)

  • Statistics: 34 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 passes defensed, 2 stuffs

5. i-12 Casey Hayward, Cornerback, San Diego Chargers (5-8)

  • Statistics: 50 tackles, 7 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 18 passes defensed, 1 stuff

 

 

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

i-12 Joey Bosa, Defensive End, San Diego Chargers (5-8)

  • Statistics: 27 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 4 stuffs
  • Analysis: Joey Bosa is 2nd in the NFL in sacks among rookies with 6.5, and he has played in only nine 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 (8-5)

  • Statistics: 81 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 7 passes defensed, 3 stuffs

3. i-23 Leonard Floyd, Linebacker, Chicago Bears (3-10)

  • Statistics: 32 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 touchdown, 2 passes defensed, 1 stuff

4. i-27 Keanu Neal, Safety, Atlanta Falcons (8-5)

  • Statistics: 87 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 4 passes defensed, 3 stuffs

5. i-9 Yannick Ngakoue, Defensive End, Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11)

  • Statistics: 18 tackles, 6 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 1 interception, 2 passes defensed, 1 stuff

 

 

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

i-4 Le’Veon Bell, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5)

  • Statistics: 218 rush attempts, 1,053 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 67 receptions, 563 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 this season, Bell has already totaled 1,616 scrimmage yards over 10 games, giving him an average of 161.6 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 6.7 receptions per game, which would give him 107.2 receptions over a 16-game span, a total that would be considered great for even 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-21 Jordy Nelson, Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers (7-6)

  • Statistics: 75 receptions, 913 receiving yards, 12 receiving touchdowns

3. i-8 Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts (6-7)

  • Statistics: 282/448 (62.9% completion percentage), 3,381 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 56 rush attempts, 304 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 1 tackle

4. i-5 Terrelle Pryor Sr., Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns (0-13)

  • Statistics: 63 receptions, 858 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns, 8 rush attempts, 21 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 5/9 (55.6% completion percentage), 41 passing yards, 2 tackles

5. i-25 Kelvin Benjamin, Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers (5-8)

  • Statistics: 51 receptions, 765 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns

 

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

i-19 Jason Garrett, Head Coach, Dallas Cowboys (11-2)

  • Analysis: Jason Garrett has taken a team that was at the bottom of the conference last year and made them not only the top team in the NFC East, but the NFC and even the entire NFL. With a rookie quarterback in Dak Prescott and a rookie running back in Ezekiel Elliott leading this team on a franchise record 11-game winning streak and a record currently at 11-2 after it looked last year like any quarterback except for Tony Romo would be a recipe for disaster for this team, Dallas has come back this year and is dominating the NFL under the top-tier coaching by Jason Garrett. 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 Bill Belichick, Head Coach, New England Patriots (11-2)

3. KC Andy Reid, Head Coach, Kansas City Chiefs (10-3)

4. i-15 Jack Del Rio, Head Coach, Oakland Raiders (10-3)

5. i-22 Jim Caldwell, Head Coach, Detroit Lions (9-4)

 

 

-Asher Fair

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