NFL Awards Predictions through Week 17

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MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

i-21 Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers (10-6)

  • Statistics: 401/610 (65.7% completion percentage), 4,428 passing yards, 40 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 67 rush attempts, 369 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns
  • Analysis: Aaron Rodgers was pretty much the only member of the Green Bay Packers who put up big numbers in the team’s disappointing 4-6 start to the season. Now with the Packers streaking and having earned their 8th consecutive playoff appearance, his outstanding numbers are really starting to show just how valuable he is to his team, especially on their 6-game winning streak. Rodgers leads the NFL with 44 total touchdowns this season, and he has only thrown 7 interceptions. He has helped the Packers become contenders with these extraordinary statistics, which is why he is the favorite to win the NFL MVP award this season.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-27 Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons (11-5)

  • Statistics: 373/534 (69.9% completion percentage), 4,944 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 35 rush attempts, 117 rushing yards

3. i Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots (14-2)

  • Statistics: 291/432 (67.4% completion percentage), 3,554 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 28 rush attempts, 64 rushing yards

4. i-19 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys (13-3)

  • Statistics: 322 rush attempts, 1,631 rushing yards, 15 rushing touchdowns, 32 receptions, 363 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 tackle

5. i-19 Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys (13-3)

  • Statistics: 311/459 (67.8% completion percentage), 3,667 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 57 rush attempts, 282 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 1 tackle

 

 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

i-4 Le’Veon Bell, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)

  • Statistics: 261 rush attempts, 1,268 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, 75 receptions, 616 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns, 0/1 (0% completion percentage)
  • Analysis: Since returning from his three-game suspension to open up this season, Bell totaled 1,884 scrimmage yards in only 12 games, giving him an average of 157.0 scrimmage yards per game, which led the entire NFL. He is possibly the best pass-catching running back in the entire NFL; in fact, he averaged 6.3 receptions per game, which would give him 100.0 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 because of these insane numbers.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-19 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys (13-3)

  • Statistics: 322 rush attempts, 1,631 rushing yards, 15 rushing touchdowns, 32 receptions, 363 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 tackle

3. i-31 David Johnson, Running Back, Arizona Cardinals (7-8-1)

  • Statistics: 293 rush attempts, 1,239 rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns, 80 receptions, 879 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns, 4 tackles

4. i-21 Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers (10-6)

  • Statistics: 401/610 (65.7% completion percentage), 4,428 passing yards, 40 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 67 rush attempts, 369 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns

5. i-27 Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons (11-5)

  • Statistics: 373/534 (69.9% completion percentage), 4,944 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 35 rush attempts, 117 rushing yards

 

 

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

i-19 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys (13-3)

  • Statistics: 322 rush attempts, 1,631 rushing yards, 15 rushing touchdowns, 32 receptions, 363 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 tackle
  • 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 2nd best record in the NFL without their long-time starting quarterback Tony Romo. Elliott carried the load for this team, and he did so in an effective manner, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He also emerged as a pretty decent pass-catching running back as well. He is one of the best if not the best offensive rookie in the NFL, and that is why he is the favorite to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-19 Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys (13-3)

  • Statistics: 311/459 (67.8% completion percentage), 3,667 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 57 rush attempts, 282 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 1 tackle

3. i-23 Jordan Howard, Running Back, Chicago Bears (3-13)

  • Statistics: 252 rush attempts, 1,313 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdown, 29 receptions, 298 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 3 tackles

4. i-26 Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints (7-9)

  • Statistics: 92 receptions, 1,137 receiving yards, 9 receiving touchdowns, 4 tackles

5. KC Tyreek Hill, Wide Receiver, Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)

  • Statistics: 61 receptions, 593 receiving yards, 6 receiving touchdowns, 24 rush attempts, 267 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns, 14 kickoff returns, 384 kickoff return yards, 1 kickoff return touchdown, 39 punt returns, 592 punt return yards, 2 punt return touchdowns, 7 tackles

 

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

i-15 Khalil Mack, Linebacker, Oakland Raiders (12-4)

  • Statistics: 73 tackles, 11 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 interception, 1 touchdown, 3 passes defensed, 4 stuffs
  • Analysis: Khalil Mack was a one-man wrecking crew that kept the Raiders’ defense competitive in pretty much every game they played. His ability to alter the outcome of any given game was 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 did more and more of 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, and it is why he is currently the favorite for this season’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
Rounding out the top 5:

2. i-27 Vic Beasley Jr., Linebacker, Atlanta Falcons (11-5)

  • Statistics: 39 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 passes defensed, 2 stuffs

3. i-14 Von Miller, Linebacker, Denver Broncos (9-7)

  • Statistics: 78 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 3 passes defensed, 1 stuff

4. i-18 Landon Collins, Safety, New York Giants (11-5)

  • Statistics: 125 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 5 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 13 passes defensed, 4 stuffs

5. i-28 Bobby Wagner, Linebacker, Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1)

  • Statistics: 167 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception, 3 passes defensed, 5 stuffs

 

 

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

i-27 Deion Jones, Linebacker, Atlanta Falcons (11-5)

  • Statistics: 108 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 3 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 11 passes defensed, 3 stuffs
  • Analysis: Deion Jones has been an absolute force for the Falcons’ defensive unit all season long. He leads the NFL among rookies with 108 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 (5-11)

  • Statistics: 41 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 4 stuffs

3. i-27 Keanu Neal, Safety, Atlanta Falcons (11-5)

  • Statistics: 106 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 8 passes defensed, 3 stuffs

4. i-9 Yannick Ngakoue, Defensive End, Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13)

  • Statistics: 22 tackles, 8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 1 interception, 2 passes defensed, 1 stuff

5. i-23 Leonard Floyd, Linebacker, Chicago Bears (3-13)

  • Statistics: 34 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 touchdown, 2 passes defensed, 1 stuff

 

 

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

i-4 Le’Veon Bell, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)

  • Statistics: 261 rush attempts, 1,268 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, 75 receptions, 616 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns, 0/1 (0% completion percentage)
  • Analysis: Since returning from his three game suspension to open up this season, Bell has already totaled 1,884 scrimmage yards over 12 games, giving him an average of 157.0 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 6.3 receptions per game, which would give him 100.0 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 (10-6)

  • Statistics: 97 receptions, 1,257 receiving yards, 14 receiving touchdowns

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

  • Statistics: 346/545 (63.5% completion percentage), 4,240 passing yards, 31 passing touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 64 rush attempts, 341 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 1 tackle

4. i-5 Terrelle Pryor Sr., Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns (1-15)

  • Statistics: 77 receptions, 1,007 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-28 Jimmy Graham, Tight End, Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1)

  • Statistics: 65 receptions, 923 receiving yards, 6 receiving touchdowns, 1 rush attempt, 1 tackle

 

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

i-19 Jason Garrett, Head Coach, Dallas Cowboys (13-3)

  • Analysis: Jason Garrett has taken a team that was at the bottom of the NFC last season and made them not only the top team in the NFC East, but the NFC and even in the top 2 in 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 13-3 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 (14-2)

3. KC Andy Reid, Head Coach, Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)

4. i-27 Dan Quinn, Head Coach, Atlanta Falcons (11-5)

5. i-15 Jack Del Rio, Head Coach, Oakland Raiders (12-4) 

 

 

-Asher Fair

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