Most Valuable Player - Tom Brady, New England Patriots
There are a number of candidates for this award but I think the momentum is shifting towards Brady. Not only has Brady been tremendous this season even with another average supporting cast, as he sports an excellent 22-3 touchdown-interception ratio, but he has been the key reason why the Patriots, who were left in the water by many after getting blown out in Kansas City in September, have roared right back and may just be the team to beat in the AFC.
Runner-Up - Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Offensive Player of the Year - DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
This often can turn into an award for running backs because for some reason, they often don't get in the mix for MVP. Regardless, Murray is a logical selection and he could see some play for MVP. For a surprising Dallas club, Murray has been the biggest reason why. He has been a tremendous workhorse as he is on pace for a whopping 450 carries and 2014 rushing yards. And he already is at career highs in both statistics right now, making his season even more impressive.
Runner-Up - Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Defensive Player of the Year - J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
This is simply too easy. Barring something really unexpected, Watt is going to cruise to win this award as he simply has been so disruptive this year for a Houston club that is hanging around. The only debate regarding Watt (besides his dance moves, of course) is whether he can get some legitimate play for MVP.
Runner-Up - Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs
Offensive Rookie of the Year - Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
Watkins had his moments with E.J. Manuel under center but with Kyle Orton taking charge a month ago, Watkins has taken charge and has looked terrific for a Buffalo team that is very much in the playoff hunt in the AFC. Everybody knew that Watkins was very talented but he has shown it of late and with his role in helping the Bills get to this spot, I don't think they are regretting trading next year's first round selection at all right now.
Runner-Up - Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys
Defensive Rookie of the Year - C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
We have a nice crop of rookie linebackers in Mosley, Khalil Mack and Anthony Barr to choose from for this award but I like Mosley here. Mosley has been a key contributor for this Baltimore defense from the get-go and he has looked sharp as he sits third in the league in combined tackles with 85 as well as six passes defended, two interceptions and a fumble forced and recovered.
Runner-Up - Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
Coach of the Year - Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals
The head coaching career of Bruce Arians really has been remarkable to this point from the interim job in Indianapolis to now the job he is doing down in the desert. And the job he has done this year in leading the Cardinals to the best record in the NFL particularly when Carson Palmer was out for a month and Arizona was starting Drew Stanton, of all people. Arians has done a great job and if he keeps it up, he will get this award.
Runner-Up - Bill Belichick, New England Patriots