06 November 2012

2012 NFL Midseason Awards

We are at the halfway point of the 2012 NFL campaign, so let's hand out some midseason hardware.
Preseason Awards Predictions

Most Valuable Player - Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
You know, I really thought about giving this to J.J. Watt considering just how dominant he has been this season, but I end up giving it to Ryan considering how tremendous he has been this season, especially as Michael Turner has taken a step back and the fact that he commands the sole remaining undefeated club. The defining game for Ryan, in my opinion, was the game against Oakland as he rebounded from three early interceptions to lead the Falcons on a drive that ended with a game-winning field goal at the horn.
Runner-Up: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans

Offensive Player of the Year - Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
You were probably expecting a quarterback here, but one cannot deny how tremendous Peterson has been this year, especially after tearing his ACL and MCL late last season. Peterson is averaging over 100 yards a game, looks to be getting better as the season wears on and is the biggest reason why the Vikings are in the NFC playoff nix.
Runner-Up: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Defensive Player of the Year - J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
If Watt is in the mix for MVP, then you know he is going to win this award because he has truly been dominant this season. He is leading the league in sacks with 10.5 and is on pace for 21, and is among the leaders in pass deflections and fumble recoveries.
Runner-Up: Charles Tillman, CB, Chicago Bears

Offensive Rookie of the Year - Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
The race between Griffin and Andrew Luck is getting really tight, especially as Luck is leading the Colts towards playoff contention, but overall on the season, Griffin has played better. He's in the top ten in quarterback rating (93.9), and yes, he can run as he is 17th in the league in rushing yards (529).
Runner-Up: Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Defensive Rookie of the Year - Casey Heyward, CB, Green Bay Packers
The Packers have needed Hayward to step up right away considering that the style of the club means that opposing teams will be throwing the ball often and with Charles Woodson's injury earlier in the year and Heyward has been tremendous all season long as he leads all rookies and is tied for third in the league with four interceptions.
Runner-Up: Chandler Jones, DE/OLB, New England Patriots

Coach of the Year - Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons had high expectations coming into this season, especially as the Saints suffered the heavy losses via the bounty fiasco, but I do not know anybody who thought they would be undefeated at this juncture. It hasn't been easy, with only three wins by more than one score, but they have plugged away all season long.
Runner-Up: Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears

Comeback Player of the Year - Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
This is way too easy. Manning is a legitimate MVP candidate with a new team, and he didn't play last year due to his neck problems. All he had to do is to step out on the field and he would get this award and he has been great.
Runner-Up: Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts

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