Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kareem Hunt RB Kansas City Chiefs
- I would have definitely given this award to Deshaun Watson had he not torn his ACL last week in what has to be one of the more tragic injuries in recent memory. However, Hunt is more than a worthy recipient for this award with the way he has been running all year long. He may end up winning the rushing title if Ezekiel Elliott does finally serve his suspension, but even if he has the second most rushing yards it will still be far beyond more than what people expected out of a mid round back from Toledo. I do not see any other player coming close this year besides Alvin Kamara if he keeps going on the upswing while Hunt has been sort of in neutral as team's are more prepared to stop him.
Runners Up: Deshaun Watson QB Houston Texans, Alvin Kamara RB New Orleans Saints, Leonard Fournette RB Jacksonville Jaguars
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marshon Lattimore CB New Orleans Saints
- At this rate the Saints have hit it out of the park with their rookie class with both Kamara and Lattimore looking like two great players for them. Lattimore has been far more impressive however, being a lock down corner that team's have been avoiding all season long. I know Tre'Davious White has better stats from interceptions and deflections, but that is because team's are not afraid to throw his way yet. Instead, Lattimore has gone up against opposing team's best receivers and has done a fantastic job all year long. A big step up compared to my expectations when I thought he might have been a bust.
Runners Up: Tre'Davious White CB Buffalo Bills, T.J. Watt LB Pittsburgh Steelers
Coach of the Year: Doug Pederson Philadelphia Eagles
- It is very tough for me not to choose Bill Belichick here since he is a strong candidate for this award every year. However, lets give it to a guy who would actually appreciate the award instead of accept it with loathsome sarcasm like Bill would. Pederson is the coach leading the team with the best record and that is normally who ends up winning the award. I suspect them to continue to coast through their pretty manageable schedule the rest of the way and with three wins in division in the bag already they are almost a lock to make the playoffs already.
Runners Up: Bill Belichick New England Patriots, Sean McVay Los Angeles Rams
Comeback Player of the Year: Justin Houston LB Kansas City Chiefs
- I was tempted to give the award to Jared Goff, but it's not like he was hurt or went anywhere the year before he was just a bad rookie. When I think of comeback player I think of a guy who had to come back from missing a whole year or so due to injuries. The best candidate for that is Justin Houston who missed all, but five games last year. He has already gotten 7 1/2 sacks already this season and has been a key member on the Chiefs defense as they push towards the playoffs.
Runners Up: Carlos Hyde RB San Francisco 49ers, Keenan Allen WR Los Angeles Chargers
Offensive Player of the Year: Antonio Brown WR Pittsburgh Steelers
- It is hard to give this award to anyone, but a quarterback who should win the MVP. However, it's just against my nature to give an two awards to the same player I think it's just an easy cop-out. Brown has been excellent all year long getting open at will it seems and has surprisingly been the less diva like player on the Steelers this season. He already has 57 catches for 835 yards and though the 3 touchdowns are low it has more to do with the offense than his own doing. His ability to hold up an offense single handedly is part of the reason why Martavis Bryant has been swiftly phased out of the offense.
Runners Up: Carson Wentz QB Philadelphia Eagles, Ezekiel Elliott RB Dallas Cowboys, Tom Brady QB New England Patriots
Defensive Player of the Year: Calais Campbell DE Jacksonville Jaguars
- Campbell has been one of the most underrated players in the league for a long time and has been an absolute stud for the Cardinals throughout his career. Then he left for Jacksonville for a big contract and everyone (me included) assumed he would be another high priced free agent who would fizzle in the swamp. However, he has been anything, but a disappointment for the Jags and has been a wrecking ball all season long. He has racked up 11 sacks already with 34 tackles, which is a solidly high number for a down linemen. If he continues his torrid season he may be able to sniff Strahan's record.
Runners Up: Justin Houston LB Kansas City Chiefs, Demarcus Lawrence DE Dallas Cowboys, Jalen Ramsey CB Jacksonville Jaguars
Most Valuable Player of the Year: Carson Wentz QB Philadelphia Eagles
- This year is a tough toss up for who should win this award with Tom Brady, Alex Smith, and Carson Wentz all being extremely deserving of the award. It may be amazing to call a 2nd year pro a perfect candidate for the award this year, but it's not some over the top hyperbole either. He has been a wizard in the pocket for the Eagles all year long throwing what looks like to me the prettiest ball in the air on a regular basis. Not only that, but his grittiness to put the team on his back on each play is also a testament to how hard this kid has worked. Little fun side bar if the Texans miss the playoffs does that not also help put Watson up for this award with how valuable he meant to that team's success.
Runners Up: Tom Brady QB New England Patriots, Alex Smith QB Kansas City, Jared Goff QB Los Angles Rams