MVP: Aaron Rodgers
Stats: 252/380 comp/att, 66.3%(-.4%) cmp, 3,325(+368) yards, 32(+2) TDs, 3 INTs, 118.6(-.7) passer rating.
Rodgers continued on his “normal” pace tearing apart the Patriots defense with big play after big play to the tune of 368 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs. Brady didn’t play bad at all, but Rodgers was downright unstoppable. If a quarterback is given this award, I think the voting is already done with. Rodgers wins the award hands down over Brady and Luck at this point due to sheer efficiency and massive per play numbers.
Next man up: JJ Watt
With my determination that Rodgers is the guy if the award goes to a quarterback that leaves us with JJ Watt. JJ Watt seems to be getting some help from the Texans’ coaching staff as they are gifting him touchdown opportunities after big plays on the defensive side of the ball. Because of his relentless motor, he has been able to take advantage of these opportunities. Watt finished the game this weekend with 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and a receiving touchdown. Talk about your MVP. If a guy is impacting both sides of the ball this regularly, it’s hard not to vote for him as MVP. Should he continue down this path, voters will have a very hard time choosing between Rodgers and Watt.
I’m predicting at this point, this is a two man race with no other candidates remotely close.
Offensive Player of the Year: Rodgers
Rodgers numbers speak for themselves, combine that with the fact that they are likely the consensus best team in the NFL as of right now, this award is not up for discussion.
Next men up: None, it’s his, he can have it.
Defensive Player of the Year: Watt
Stats: 11.5(+2) sacks, 1 INT, 8(+1) PDs, 3(+1) FFs, 5(+1) FRs, 9(+2) TFLs, 2 DEF TDs
As discussed above, Watt does it all. There is not a better player in the NFL right now. He doesn’t have the impact that a quarterback can have on a game, but if you were to select a cornerstone for a franchise, I think most would look no further than this superstar on and off the field.
Next men up: Justin Houston, Marcell Dareus, Robert Quinn
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Mike Evans
Stats: 53(+4) receptions, 890(+49) yards, 8 TDs
Quiet week for almost all offensive rookies in the running for this award, due to this fact no much has changed. Although Odell Beckham Jr. has come on the strongest of late as Eli Manning looks as if he isn’t going to target anyone else the remainder of the year.
Next men up: Kelvin Benjamin, Sammy Watkins, Jordan Matthews, Jeremy Hill, Odell Beckham Jr., Tre Mason
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Chris Borland
Stats: 87(+16) tackles, 1.0 sack, 7 PDs, 2 INTs, 1 FF, 10(+1) TFLs
Like the OROY award, this award is a very close race with several rookies making huge impacts on a weekly basis, this week Chris Borland had a ridiculous 16 tackles. However, tackles aren’t the only stat so this award will likely come down to big plays through the rest of the year. A name to keep an eye on is Aaron Donald who just posted his 3rd straight game with a sack as the Rams defense is firing on all cylinders.
Next men up: CJ Mosley, Aaron Donald, Anthony Barr, Khalil Mack
Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians
Well every coach on this list managed to lose this week, except for Philbin’s Phins unimpressive win over the Jets, so I’m still giving the nod to Bruce Arians for now. As most would expect, Drew Stanton is not Carson Palmer as the quarterback position looks to be the final piece of doom for a team that has won through enormous adversity this year. The Cardinals still lead a very tough NFCW division but face a tall task to finish the season that way with 3 division games to finish out the year.
Next men up: Mike Pettine, Joe Philbin, Andy Reid, Bill Belichick