MVP: Aaron Rodgers
Stats: 228/342 comp/att, 66.7%(-.1%) cmp, 2,957(+209) yards, 30(+2) TDs, 3 INTs, 119.3(-.8) passer rating.
Not much changes for Aaron Rodgers this week, he threw a couple more touchdowns, didn’t turn the ball over, got another win and continues on a rampant, extremely efficient pace. In what could be a possible Super Bowl preview, the MVP race could very well come down to this weekend’s game between Brady and Rodgers.
Next men up: JJ Watt, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Demaryius Thomas
JJ Watt didn’t have sack this weekend and even though it may have been one of his best games, stats are the key to an MVP race, he’s slowly falling off pace. Luck continues to produce volume of stats, as he has . Brady is right on Rodgers’ heels with 26 TDs & 6 INTs but needs to limit his mistakes to catch Rodgers. Added to the list this week in Demaryius Thomas, he is on pace to surpass Josh Gordon’s season last year and with Julius Thomas possibly missing more time, he will be the #1 red zone target for Peyton Manning. I expect this award to be in contention until the final week of the season.
Offensive Player of the Year: Rodgers
If he continues on his current pace and wins the MVP, this award should fall in his lap as well. Same goes for the others on this side of the ball mentioned above.
Next men up: Rob Gronkowski, DeMarco Murray, Demaryius Thomas, Antonio Brown, Jordy Nelson, Jamaal Charles
Defensive Player of the Year: Watt
Stats: 9.5 sacks, 1 INT, 8(+1) PDs, 2 FFs, 4 FRs, 9(+2) TFLs 2 TDs
There don’t seem to be many other options, his ability to be a one man wrecking crew and ruin a team’s entire game plan seems above anyone else.
Next men up: Justin Houston, Marcell Dareus
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Mike Evans
Stats: 49(+3) receptions, 841(+47) yards, 8(+1) TDs
Mike Evans continues his torrent pace and has really distanced himself from everyone else, despite this being an extremely talented rookie class. The stretch run will be huge to determine this award however as some late bloomers added to this list are quickly making a name for themselves.
Next men up: Kelvin Benjamin, Sammy Watkins, Jordan Matthews, Jeremy Hill, Odell Beckham Jr.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: CJ Mosley
Stats: 99(+9) tackles, 1.0(+1) sack, 7 PDs, 2 INTs, 1 FF
CJ Mosley had a big week in a win over the Saints, he has been the most consistent defensive presence from this rookie class solidifying the Ravens middle of the field. There is still plenty of chance for this award to change, almost more than any other one, Aaron Donald is a dark horse that has been fairly dominant on the STL line for the most of the year, adding another sack this weekend and facing the lowly Raiders this weekend.
Next men up: Chris Borland, Aaron Donald, Anthony Barr, Khalil Mack
Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians
This award will come down to the play of Drew Stanton, for better or worse Arians has put his full confidence in Stanton, but it remains to be seen if he has what it takes. Regardless though, Arians has done an amazing job this year. Pettine continues to win, despite some poor play from his team, he gets Josh Gordon back for the stretch run. Belichick may have put together his best team since 2007, a win this weekend would go a long way toward him winning this award.
Next men up: Mike Pettine, Joe Philbin, Andy Reid, Bill Belichick