NFL Award Races

Okay, so it’s Week 9 of the NFL season. Time for the award races to start heating up. Today, I’ll be talking about who I think will win the MVP, OROY, and awards like that. However, I’ve also made up awards, like “Biggest Disappointment” and “Most Improved Player.” Let’s get into it!

MVP: Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Okay, if Tom Brady had played the whole season, he would be my pick so far. But since he’s only played four games, Matty Ice is my pick for MVP. He’s been having a magnificent season thus far, leading the Falcons to a 6-3 record and putting up some gaudy stats: 2,970 yards, 23 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 69.6% completions. However, what makes me put Ryan at the top is because of his remarkable transformation from 2015. Last year, he threw just five more touchdowns than interceptions (21:16.) He’s already thrown 19 more TD’s than picks, and I expect that number to keep growing. OTHER CANDIDATES: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots, Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys, DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans, Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Coach of the Year: Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys: Jason Garrett has remarkably shaped this Dallas Cowboys team for years to come. With rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, as well as receivers Dez Bryant, Terrence Williams, and Cole Beasley, Dallas could be a force for years to come. But what gives him the Coach of the Year over Bill Belichick, Dan Quinn, and Jack Del Rio is the element of surprise. I mean, I thought Dallas was gonna go 3-4, 2-5 with Dak Prescott at the helm. Well, they’re 6-1. And expect that to be 7-1 tomorrow after a win against the 0-8 Browns. OTHER CANDIDATES: Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons, Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders, Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans

Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: He’s gonna win MVP. It’s as simple as that. OTHER CANDIDATES: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots, Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys, DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans, Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Defensive Player of the Year: Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos: Von Miller has been the leader of the Broncos’ defense this whole season. He’s on pace for 17 sacks this year, and has been a force for Denver, leading them to a 6-2 record. While Trevor Siemian has been so-so this year, Von Miller has been the best defensive player this year, and will get the hardware. OTHER CANDIDATES: Lorenzo Alexander, LB, Buffalo Bills, Marcus Peters, CB, Kansas City Chiefs, Zach Brown, LB, Buffalo Bills, Casey Hayward, CB, San Diego Chargers

Offensive Rookie(s) of the Year: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys: For the first time ever, this award will be a tie in my opinion. It would be unfair at this point to give the award to just one of Dallas’ dazzling rookies. Both are considerable MVP candidates, and both are primed for a long career of success. So yeah, Dallas’ stud rookies will share this award in the first tie for the OROY. OTHER CANDIDATES: Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles, Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans, Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Joey Bosa, DE, San Diego Chargers: I really haven’t seen much from rookies on the defensive side, but Bosa has really impressed me thus far. In a season that does not possess much talent from defensive rookies, I think that Bosa has dominated this race so far. OTHER CANDIDATES: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars, Myles Jack, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars, Eli Apple, CB, New York Giants, Deforest Buckner, DE, San Francisco 49ers

Most Improved Player: DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans: DeMarco Murray has seen quite a resurgence. He already has more rushing yards (807) through nine games than he did all of last season with Philly (702.) Murray has visibly improved with the Titans, as their “exotic smashmouth” offense has them competing for an AFC South crown. OTHER CANDIDATES: Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers, Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons, Lorenzo Alexander, LB, Buffalo Bills, David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Biggest Disappointment: Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Look, I could say the Panthers, Cardinals, or even Russell Wilson. But I think Bortles has been far more disappointing than any of them. Sure, his stats aren’t too bad, but most of them are in garbage time when his Jags are losing big. Bortles is in my opinion the worst starting quarterback in the NFL. He has an uncanny knack for throwing picks, and frankly he can’t win no matter what his stats are. Bortles is just a bad quarterback. OTHER CANDIDATES: Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams, Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks, Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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