NFL Awards Predictions through Week 15

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MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

i-27 Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons (9-5)

  • Statistics: 319/465 (68.6% completion percentage), 4,336 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 31 rush attempts, 106 rushing yards
  • Analysis: Matt Ryan is playing some of the best football of his life right now. He is on pace to become just the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,500 or more yards in five or more consecutive seasons. He looks like he is back to his 2012 form when he had a career high season, converted on many of the Falcons’ clutch opportunities, and led the team to the NFC championship game with an NFC-best 13-3 record. Leading his team atop the NFC South and leading the highest scoring offense in the NFL (33.5 points per game), Matt Ryan is the current frontrunner to win the NFL MVP award this season, and he may very well stay at the top of this list if he keeps it up.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-19 Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys (12-2)

  • Statistics: 292/431 (67.7% completion percentage), 3,418 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 52 rush attempts, 238 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 1 tackle

3. i-21 Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers (8-6)

  • Statistics: 346/533 (64.9% completion percentage), 3,781 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 55 rush attempts, 314 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns

4. i Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots (12-2)

  • Statistics: 249/372 (66.9% completion percentage), 3,064 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 27 rush attempts, 58 rushing yards

5. i-19 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys (12-2)

  • Statistics: 310 rush attempts, 1,551 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, 31 receptions, 351 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 tackle

 

 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

i-4 Le’Veon Bell, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5)

  • Statistics: 241 rush attempts, 1,146 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 72 receptions, 601 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 0/1 (0% completion percentage)
  • Analysis: Since returning from his three game suspension to open up this season, Bell has already totaled 1,747 scrimmage yards over 11 games, giving him an average of 158.8 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 6.5 receptions per game, which would give him 104.7 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-19 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys (12-2)

  • Statistics: 310 rush attempts, 1,551 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, 31 receptions, 351 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 tackle

3. i-31 David Johnson, Running Back, Arizona Cardinals (5-8-1)

  • Statistics: 260 rush attempts, 1,138 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, 73 receptions, 800 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns, 4 tackles

4. i-11 DeMarco Murray, Running Back, Tennessee Titans (8-6)

  • Statistics: 268 rush attempts, 1,224 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 50 receptions, 361 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns, 1/2 (50.0% completion percentage, 10 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown

5. i-27 Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons (9-5)

  • Statistics: 319/465 (68.6% completion percentage), 4,336 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 31 rush attempts, 106 rushing yards

 

 

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

i-19 Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys (12-2)

  • Statistics: 292/431 (67.7% completion percentage), 3,418 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 52 rush attempts, 238 rushing yards, 6 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 14 games in his rookie season, Prescott’s total touchdown to interception ratio is 13 to 2, 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 (12-2)

  • Statistics: 310 rush attempts, 1,551 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, 31 receptions, 351 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 tackle

3. i-23 Jordan Howard, Running Back, Chicago Bears (3-11)

  • Statistics: 211 rush attempts, 1,059 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdown, 28 receptions, 289 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 2 tackles

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

  • Statistics: 56 receptions, 547 receiving yards, 6 receiving touchdowns, 15 rush attempts, 157 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 13 kickoff returns, 367 kickoff return yards, 1 kickoff return touchdown, 34 punt returns, 476 punt return yards, 1 punt return touchdown, 7 tackles

5. i-26 Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints (6-8)

  • Statistics: 76 receptions, 883 receiving yards, 8 receiving touchdowns, 4 tackles

 

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

i-15 Khalil Mack, Linebacker, Oakland Raiders (11-3)

  • Statistics: 65 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-27 Vic Beasley Jr., Linebacker, Atlanta Falcons (9-5)

  • Statistics: 35 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 passes defensed, 2 stuffs

3. i-14 Von Miller, Linebacker, Denver Broncos (8-6)

  • Statistics: 65 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 3 passes defensed, 1 stuff

4. i-18 Landon Collins, Safety, New York Giants (10-4)

  • Statistics: 108 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 13 passes defensed, 2 stuffs

5. i-28 Bobby Wagner, Linebacker, Seattle Seahawks (9-4-1)

  • Statistics: 145 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 passes defensed, 5 stuffs

 

 

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

i-27 Deion Jones, Linebacker, Atlanta Falcons (9-5)

  • Statistics: 89 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 3 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 7 passes defensed, 3 stuffs
  • Analysis: Deion Jones has been an absolute force for the Falcons’ defensive unit all season long. He is 2nd in the NFL among rookies with 89 tackles; he is tied for the NFL lead among rookies with 3 interceptions; and he leads the NFL among rookies with 2 defensive touchdowns. His 2 defensive touchdowns account for a large percentage of the total defensive touchdowns by all rookies across the NFL this season, which just goes to show how big of a factor Jones has been for the Falcons, and it shows why he is the frontrunner to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award this season.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-12 Joey Bosa, Defensive End, San Diego Chargers (5-9)

  • Statistics: 31 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 4 stuffs

3. i-23 Leonard Floyd, Linebacker, Chicago Bears (3-11)

  • 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 (9-5)

  • Statistics: 98 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 6 passes defensed, 3 stuffs

5. i-9 Yannick Ngakoue, Defensive End, Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12)

  • Statistics: 19 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 (9-5)

  • Statistics: 241 rush attempts, 1,146 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 72 receptions, 601 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 0/1 (0% completion percentage)
  • Analysis: Since returning from his three game suspension to open up this season, Bell has already totaled 1,747 scrimmage yards over 11 games, giving him an average of 158.8 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 6.5 receptions per game, which would give him 104.7 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 (8-6)

  • Statistics: 82 receptions, 1,037 receiving yards, 12 receiving touchdowns

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

  • Statistics: 303/476 (63.7% completion percentage), 3,631 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 57 rush attempts, 312 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 1 tackle

4. i-5 Terrelle Pryor Sr., Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns (0-14)

  • Statistics: 67 receptions, 877 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: 53 receptions, 785 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns, 1 tackle

 

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

i-19 Jason Garrett, Head Coach, Dallas Cowboys (12-2)

  • 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 12-2 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-15 Jack Del Rio, Head Coach, Oakland Raiders (11-3)

3. i Bill Belichick, Head Coach, New England Patriots (12-2)

4. i-18 Ben McAdoo, Head Coach, New York Giants (10-4)

5. i-11 Mike Mularkey, Head Coach, Tennessee Titans (8-6)

 

 

-Asher Fair

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