The regular season has ended and we know the teams who have made the Playoffs and we know who can start planning for next season. I am going to have a go at predicting the award winners from the regular season. Lets see how close I get it!
MVP – Drew Brees
Biased? Maybe! The fact remains that Brees has had a special season leading the NFL in completion percentage (74.4% – a new NFL record) and QB Rating (115.7), he also only threw 5 interceptions all season. He has had 7 game winning drives and has broken various records along the way, he now holds the career passing yards record, career completions record and is now only 19 TD’s behind Peyton Manning for career regular season TD passes. At some point next season Brees is going to hold every major career QB passing record. Brees also rushed for a career high 4 TD’s this season including the epic spin move TD against the Falcons in week 3. Lets not get mistaken here, Brees should have won the MVP previously but didn’t because all he had was yards and TD’s. That changes this year.
Offensive Player of the Year – Patrick Mahomes
WOW – what an unbelievable season Mahomes has had, week after week he has come up with unreal plays from no look passes to throwing across his body with ridiculous accuracy. He ended the regular season with 5097 yards, 50 TD’s and a rating of 113.8. What holds him back in my opinion is the 12 interceptions and a 3-4 record against teams with a winning record. Patrick Mahomes is the next great NFL QB and he will be in the conversation for MVP for many years to come.
Defensive Player of the Year – Aaron Donald
Aaron Donald is the best player in the NFL, he is a better defensive tackle than Drew Brees is a QB (if that makes sense). Donald has dominated this year to the tune of 20.5 sacks which from the DT position is special, at times he has been unblockable he has also racked up 59 tackles and 4 forced fumbles. Khalil Mack and JJ Watt have had really good seasons but Donald has been on another level compared.
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Baker Mayfield
I could have easily chosen Saquon Barkley here but Baker Mayfield has literally transformed the Cleveland Browns since he took over the starting job in week 3. Mayfield ended the season with 3725 yards, 27 TD’s and a rating of 93.7. To think people criticised the Browns for taking Mayfield at number 1 in last years draft…. I am going to go out on a limb here and state that the Browns will be in a Super Bowl in the next 5 years with Mayfield as QB. Special mention to Saquon Barkley who ended with over 2000 rushing and receiving yards and also to Lamar Jackson for leading the Ravens to the playoffs.
Defensive Rookie of the Year – Darius Leonard
This one wasn’t even close. A final stat line of 163 tackles, 7 sacks and 2 interceptions. The Colts struck gold with this pick in the 2nd round of the draft and he will be a massive piece for the Colts moving forward.
Coach of the Year – Matt Nagy
Taking the Bears from worst to first was probably one of the least expected storylines heading into this season. He has a superb defence and an offence that is starting to gain an identity. There were a few other candidates for this award this year:
However, the job Nagy has done cant be underestimated and the Bears are going to be a tough out for the other NFC playoff teams.
That’s a wrap for my award predictions, lets see how I do when the awards are announced!
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