Now that all the teams have played at least eight games so far this season, it is time to see who should win the awards if the season were to end today. There will be another award post in three weeks as teams are getting ready for the final four weeks of the season.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Ezekiel Elliott
Ezekiel Elliott is within striking distance a 33-year-old record, set by Eric Dickerson. If he does that, there is no way another rookie can come close to his production. He is able to tear through defenses in all aspects of the game. He can run, catch, block and hurdle better than any other back in the league at the moment. Elliott is a key reason that the Cowboys have only lost one game and is the person that teams should be game planning to stop. If he keeps up his production through the second half of the season, then he should take this award easily.
Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Joey Bosa
Joey Bosa missed the first quarter of the season, but that has shown the impact that he could make on a defense. Since he joined the team, they have been faster, stronger and scarier for other teams to face. He has averaged a sack per game in the four games that he has played in thus far and should be able to finish the season with somewhere around ten sacks. Given how much time he missed between training camp and the start of the season, it might be scarier as he gets more used to the speed of the pro game.
Comeback Player of the Year: DeMarco Murray
DeMarco Murray has rejuvenated his career after the trade to Tennessee. Through nine games this season, he has 102 yards more than he did in fifteen games with the Eagles. He is averaging one more yard per carry and already has one more touchdown. The other thing he has done has been to make the Titans a better team and even a contender in the AFC. They have one more win then they did all of last year and Murray is one of the biggest reasons why. If he continues his production and the Titans finish near the playoffs, then Murray should be able to win this award.
Andrew Luck, Joe Flacco, Kelvin Benjamin, Jordy Nelson
eExecutive of the Year: Jerry Jones
Jerry Jones had one of the best offseasons that anyone could have. He hardly spent any money in free agency and built his team through the draft. Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Maliek Collins and Anthony Brown have all looked like they are the future of the Cowboys and that should make fans happy. They have been a breath of fresh air for a team that only won four games last season. If the Cowboys are able to continue their building and improving, then they could be one of the better teams in the NFL for the next five to ten years.
Rick Spielman, Bill Belichick
Coach of the Year: Jack Del Rio
There are a couple of candidates for the NFL’s coach of the year, but none have made the impact the Jack Del Rio has. From the first game of the season he showed that he will do whatever it takes to win games. Derek Carr has looked like one of the better quarterbacks in the league and is even considered a serious MVP candidate and a lot of that is thanks to Del Rio. His team has only lost twice this season and are a team to be feared in the playoffs.
Bill Belichick, Mike Zimmer
Offensive Player of the Year: Ezekiel Elliott
Elliott has been the most important player for the only one loss team in the NFC. He has a really good offensive line and that might hurt him in the votes, but he makes the entire team better. He has the ability to make a two or three yard gain into a five or ten yard gain. He fights for extra yards, carries piles, catches the ball as good as any back, and most importantly, he helps block for Dak Prescott. He opens up the game for the entire offense and keeps opposing defenses honest. If a defense puts more than seven in the box then he helps the offense by blocking. If there are seven or less in the box, then he is able to make them pay by running the ball effectively. He has been one of the most exciting players to watch this season and the fact that he is a rookie should not hold him back from winning this award.
Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Derek Carr
Defensive Player of the Year: Von Miller
It is hard to describe the impact that Von Miller has had on the Broncos if you look strictly at the individual numbers. Von Miller makes an impact on nearly every defensive play for the Broncos, whether he has a stat or not. He either opens up the other parts of the offensive line so his teammates can get the hits that they need, or he makes the passer force a pass that shouldn’t be thrown. There hasn’t been another single defensive player that has made the impact that Von Miller does on every play.
Marcus Peters, Lorenzo Alexander
Most Valuable Player: Tom Brady
The fact that Tom Brady missed the first four games of the season has actually helped his case for the MVP award so far. The Patriots loss to the Bills showed how important Brady is to the team and why he makes them one of the best teams in the league each and every year. Since his return, he has thrown for 1,319 yards and 12 touchdowns without any interceptions to this point in the season. He has been able to get the ball to targets that Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett just couldn’t and he has led the team in a way that no one else could. Unless someone else plays out of their mind for the remainder of the season or Brady has a major fall back, this award should be his for the taking.
Ezekiel Elliott, Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, Derek Carr
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