It’s the end of week 8 and week 9 is about to start, so it’s the perfect time to show which players have stood out above the rest since week 4, and put their teams in a prime position to make it to the playoffs.
MVP – Tom Brady
He has been playing out of this world this season and has lead the Patriots undefeated so far. He’s on pace to crush his numbers from the historical 2007 season because so far, he’s had a wide open Gronkowski to hit or can just dump it off to Dion Lewis, an emerging star now on the ground. He’s second in passing yards only to Philip Rivers, tied for first in passing TDs with Carson Palmer and first in passer rating. So expect this all to continue for Brady in his quest for another super bowl!
Offensive Player of the Year – Rob Gronkowski
He is optimising the New England Patriots at the moment with his utter dominance all over the field. Whether he is blocking, running routes or steamrolling defenders, there is nobody on earth that can cover possibly the best tight end of all time. So this season he is on pace for nearly 1,500 yards and 16 TDs showing off how unstoppable he is when he gets going.
Defensive Player of the Year – Charles Woodson
So far this season he has been on fire; Wodson leads the league in interceptions with 5 at age of 39! His great play has been a stand out on Oakland’s average defense, with his interceptions so far this season moving him up 5th all time in the NFL with 65! Oakland now has a winning record in November for the first time since 2011 giving them some hope to grab a wildcard spot in a crowded AFC. They have a huge thanks to give to Woodson as his leadership and play-making on defense is making them a contender for the first time in years.
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Todd Gurley
Wow! He has blown the league away in the past few weeks! Gurley in 5 games has 575 yards rushing, 3 TDs and is averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Gurley has also set an NFL record with 4 straight games with at least 125 yards rushing! With all of these numbers there are comparisons to Adrian Peterson and Eric Dickerson. I believe that he will continue this streak, and break Dickerson’s rushing record to capture Offensive Rookie of the year and maybe more….
Defensive Rookie of the Year – Leonard Williams
This man has been a cut above the rest of the other defensive rookies mid-way through the season. He has 24 tackles and 0.5 sacks but it’s his power and ability that means he can’t be left one on one with a guard, so offensive lines are having to now double team him which is leaving the other extremely talented players on that Jets line such as Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson and David Harris to get to the quarterback. If he keeps going at this rate, the defense might carry the Jets to the playoffs.
Comeback Player of the Year – Carson Palmer
Now this award could go to many others on the Cardinals roster as well as Eric Berry or Adrian Peterson but as quarterback is the most important position in sports and Carson Palmer is playing as well as nearly anyone in the league with 2,386 yards, a 20:6 TD to INT ratio and a passer rating over 110.2. He is leading Arizona’s vertical offence to new places this year as it looks like Bruce Arians is just letting him have fun. All of this after he tore his ACL last year and missed the most of the season makes him the leader for this award.
Coach of the Year – Marvin Lewis
He has worked wonders for this team; to go from the perennial laughing stock of the league to undefeated so far this season is amazing. The Bengals so often throughout his tenure have been the ‘almost’ team performing well in the regular season and then for 4 years been hammered in the wildcard round, so now this season it looks like the identity of the team has changed with the most potent offence in the league and a rejuvenated defense. Marvin Lewis has to get an award for such a turnaround!