NFL Honors Predictions: And the Winner Is?
After every NFL Season, there is a bevy of awards that the league gives out. Many, throughout the season, talk about whom they would place in these respective categories. In this article, we look at a few of the bigger awards. We place a couple of nominees and give our prediction. Whom would you place in these respective awards? Here we go.
NFL Coach of the Year
There have been several surprises in the NFL this season. Nominees in this category include Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay, Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone, Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson, and Los Angeles Charges Head Coach Anthony Lynn. All of these men have led their teams to incredible seasons.
However, Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams is the Coach of the Year. In fact, the Rams are one of the best teams in the league. McVay has been the catalyst of this turnaround. By the same token, McVay is responsible for turning QB Jared Goff into a respectable NFL QB.
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
This season began with a runaway winner. For the first half of the season, Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson was looking to be the clear winner. However, a knee injury derailed his season. Others staking claim to this award could be New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara, Kansas City Chiefs, RB Kareem Hunt, and Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette.
Alvin Kamara – 99 carries for 652 yards and 7 TDs. 68 rec for 684 yards and 5 TDs
Kareem Hunt – 242 carries for 1,201 yards and 6 TDs. 49 rec for 440 yards and 3 TDs
Leonard Fournette – 231 carries for 923 yards and 8 TDs. 29 rec for 213 yards and 1 TD.
Hence, out of these three men, I would name Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt the OROY. Kamara has been a beast of late but having to share time with Mark Ingram hurts his chances. Hunt has been a leader for the Chiefs all season.
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
This is the quietest of the categories. Unless there is a major player that makes a splash all season long, you do not hear much about this category. So, without further ado, here are the nominees for DROY.
Eddie Jackson (S), Chicago Bears – 55 tackles (45 solos, 10 asst), 3 FR (1 TD), 2 INT (1 TD). He is the first rookie since Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly to record 50+ tackles, 2+ INTs, and 3+ FR.
TJ Watt (LB), Pittsburgh Steelers – 42 tackles (33 solos, 9 asst), 6 sacks, and 1 INT. His playmaking abilities have kept longstanding veteran LB James Harrison on the sidelines.
Marshon Lattimore (CB), Saints – 44 tackles (36 solos, 8 asst), 1 FR, 4 INT (1 TD). All of this in only 11 games. Lattimore was the clear leader until an ankle injury derailed him for a few games. However, he has recovered an is back on the right track.
Thus, the winner is, Marshon Lattimore. Moreover, his play has turned around a suspect Saints defense. The Saints are a legitimate Super Bowl contender with the play of Lattimore.
NFL Comeback Player of the Year
The Comeback player, to me, should be a player that suffered a long-term or season-ending injury the year before. That player then comes back to have an outstanding year. Nonetheless, those criteria seem to have changed. It now includes players who had less than stellar seasons as well. Here are the nominees
Keenan Allen (WR), Chargers – 88 rec, 1,197 yards, and 5 TDs. Additionally, he had one of the best three weeks in recent history. During a stretch in November, Allen had 33 rec for 436 yards and 4 TDs.
Todd Gurley (RB), Rams – 257 carries, 1187 yards, and 13 TDs. 54 rec, 630 yards, and 4 TDs. Gurley has excelled in McVay’s offense. Also, he is currently second in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage. Furthermore, the 13 rushing TDs are a career high.
AJ Green (WR), Cincinnati Bengals – 67 rec, 980 yards and 8 TDs. After suffering a hamstring injury late in 2016, Green has bounced back. The unfortunate downfall for him is the team he plays on is not very strong. This will keep his candidacy at bay.
In short, the winner is, Keenan Allen. He pretty much sealed the deal with his performance in November and thus far in December.
These are four of the major awards to be honored the night before the Super Bowl. I left out the MVP on purpose. That will be in a separate article.
Who would you add or name as the winner to each of these awards? You can leave a comment below.
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