The NFL Honors event is right around the corner, it will be held on February 4th. They will announce all of the major awards won by players, teams, coaches, and more. The races for awards have been super close this season; let’s dive in to my predictions for the major awards.
MVP: Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers – The Packers ran the table as, Aaron Rodgers said they would. This team was 4-6 through 10 games and finished the year 10-6, winning another NFC North Title. Rodgers was said to have had a “bad” first half, but in my view, 22 TD, 7 INT with a bad defense at the time, and almost no running game, is pretty good. Matt Ryan is a close second to me for this award.
Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons – Ryan, statistically, had more than a career year, putting up great numbers, and being top 5 in almost every QB category. He threw for 38 touchdowns and had a great balance within the running game with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, which Rodgers did not have. David Johnson is a very close second for this award.
Defensive Player of the Year: Landon Collins, Safety, New York Giants – Landon Collins had a tremendous season for the Giants this year. The safety out of Alabama recorded 125 tackles, had 5 interceptions, and is a Pro Bowl starter. Don’t forget that he had 4 sacks also, he’s one of the best players at his position, made the Giants secondary what it is today, and was a big impact player for the Giants.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys – The rookie RB and 4th selection in the draft out of Ohio State, Ezekiel Elliot, was a sensation this year. He was the NFL’s leading rusher and scored 12 touchdowns. He is not all just a product of the Offensive Line in Dallas; he is a legit RB.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Joey Bosa, Defensive End, San Diego Chargers – Joey Bosa didn’t play the full year his rookie season, but proved to be a great player when on the field. He was the third selection in the 2016 Draft. He accounted for 41 tackles and 10.5 sacks, and he also won Defensive Rookie of the Month twice for the Chargers.
Coach of the Year: Adam Gase, Miami Dolphins – The facts are there; the Dolphins were not a very good football team in 2015. Adam Gase came over to Miami after spending one season in Chicago as the Bears‘ OC. He turned Miami around, winning 10 games, and finishing strong; they now enter the playoffs as a 6 seed with Matt Moore playing QB; props to you Adam Gase.
Comeback Player of the Year: Jordy Nelson, Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers – This is the toughest decision for me to make because Jordy Nelson had a great year with over 1200 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Cameron Wake had a great comeback year as well. Jordy came back from an ACL tear like it never happened, but I would give the slight edge to Nelson over Wake. I wish they could both get the award!
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