SC's Midseason NFL Awards
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The NFL season is at the halfway point and so far COVID has taken a backseat to some great football. So far, the Steelers are undefeated, Brady is clicking with the Bucs, and the Jets still suck. I figured that since this has been such an intriguing season I’d hand out my midways awards for the NFL season. Here we go!
Most Valuable Player
The list for MVP is pretty cluttered after seven weeks. Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and even Derrick Henry could all be considered, but for my money Russell Wilson looks to be the favourite. He leads the NFL in passing touchdowns with 22, and also has 4 games with 300 passing yards or more. To top it off, he has accounted for 22 of Seattle’s 27 touchdowns.
A patch-job of an O-line, a less than stellar running game and a leaky defence, who knows where the Seahawks would be without Wilson.
Offensive Player of the Year
To no one’s surprise Wilson, just like the MVP, looks to be the favourite for this award. Russ has been torching teams this season as we've already noted above. One could say Henry also looks to be a contender for the award as the Titans running back leads the NFL in rushing yards and touchdowns, while also averaging the most yards in a game.
Cardinals wide out DeAndre Hopkins could join the conversation if he continues his blazing start. However, his case would benefit if he could the pay-dirt more often. He's only had 3 receiving td’s, but leads the league in receiving yards and receptions. He also leads the league in first down catches. Needless to say Hopkins has made Murray's life much easier.
Defensive Player of the Year
Myles Garrett and Aaron Donald are neck and neck for DPOY so far. Both guys are tied for the most QB hits this season, but Garrett has the edge on total sacks, tackles and force fumbles. Garrett has been great this season, though the Browns defensively have been breakable. They have given up a lot of points and passing yards, but that’s not Garrett's doing.
Donald has similar stats to Garrett, yet what the Rams success on D gives him a slight edge. Does Donald have a better cast? Sure. But Donald is still the leader of the team and it has shown. The Rams defence is 5th in points against, 4th in passing yards and 5th in total yards, and Donald has led the way.
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Joe Burrow was the favourite heading into the season., and after 4 weeks Burrow was definitely leading the pack until young Justin Herbert took the field. Herbert has played 2 less games than Burrow and has garnered more touchdowns this season. Herbert has improved the Chargers offence immensely.
Another rook who should be considered is the young back in KC, Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He's second in rushing yards this season and has averaged close to 5 yards a carry. The Chiefs look to have their running back of the future, and if both QB's slow down, CEH could take the award.
Defensive Rookie of the Year
The Bucs Antoine Winfield Jr. looks like he belongs on the Bucs stacked defensive roster. This year's second round pick has shown he can play in multiple positions, and while being listed as a safety, the Bucs have placed him at corner in some snaps. He's recorded two sacks (tied for most amongst safeties) and an interception.
Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has praised his rookie safety on his work this season saying:
"He's a good football player, regardless of this situation or any situation. He's smart, he's ready, he makes plays and he makes you trust him,"
The youngster is looking a lot like his dad!
Comeback Player of the Year
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger looks to be a lock so far to win the award. The Former two time Superbowl champion missed 14 games last year., and so far this season the 37 year old has been solid. Tossing 13 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions, the most impressive thing he’s done is guiding the Steelers to an undefeated 6-0 record.
Coach of the Year
It looks to be a wide field this year for coach of the year. The Browns Kevin Stefanski, Packers Matt Lafleur, and Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel all lead the way in my opinion. The Browns are a surprising 5-2 record and are only 2 games back for first in the AFC North, the Titans have repeated their unlikely success, and the Packers are a top-tier NFC team once again, with Aaron Rodgers looking to be an MVP candidate.
Though Mike Vrabel's work in Tennessee should get the most notice, and the second year coach is my pick after seven weeks.