09 September 2015

2015 NFL Awards Predictions

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The 2015 NFL campaign kicks off tomorrow night from Foxborough and with that coming moment, let's continue our preview of the season with predictions for who will claim the major hardware come seasons's end. Here are my 2015 NFL Awards Predictions.

MVP - Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
We know that this has basically become a quarterback award, fair or not, and thus it is likely that the quarterback with the best season will claim this award. Therefore, while it is always tough to pick against Aaron Rodgers, who is the best quarterback in the league, I think that Luck is poised to claim this award. He should put up some gonzo numbers, especially now with some semblance of a running game, and his club should win their division comfortably.
Runner-Up - Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Offensive Player of the Year - Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
The discussion over what it means to win this award will go on for at least the near future. I have waffled on this before but I do largely think that it makes sense that if the MVP plays on offense, then he is likely the Offensive Player of the Year. Then again, it also seems like MVP is a quarterback award and this is an award for everyone else. For now, I'll stick with the MVP here and since that's Luck, boom.
Runner-Up - Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Defensive Player of the Year - J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
Could the voters get tired of voting for Watt and vote for somebody else? Sure they could in theory but until Watt is no longer the clear-cut best defensive player in the league, he has got my vote down cold. The crazy thing is that with Jadeveon Clowney now healthy, Watt will have a legitimate counterpart rushing the passer and that may make him even more dangerous. Therefore, Michael Strahan's single-season sack record of 22.5 may be coming down this fall.
Runner-Up - Von Miller, Denver Broncos

Offensive Rookie of the Year - Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
There are a number of rookies on the offensive side of the ball that should make an immediate impact but not only do I think that none will be better than Cooper, perhaps none of them have as big of a role right away as Cooper does. I'm high on Derek Carr but he desperately needs somebody to throw to and almost by default does Cooper become that guy. Cooper has got the skill-set to make an immediate impact right away and I believe he will.
Runner-Up - Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers

Defensive Rookie of the Year - Shane Ray, Denver Broncos
Meanwhile on the other side of the ball, there does not seem to be a great amount of instant impact defensive players. For example, Ray probably will not be starting for the Broncos, as they already have an impressive pass rush duo in Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware but that will work to his advantage as that will give the very talented Ray a lot of opportunities to rack up sacks. My runner-up is Beasley but while he will get more playing time in all likelihood, but he will likely be the focal point for opposing offensive lines.
Runner-Up - Vic Beasley, Atlanta Falcons

Comeback Player of the Year - Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
I don't think that giving Peterson this award is some sort of acceptance of the situation that resulted in Peterson missing all of last season via suspension. I don't see anybody, though, of the potential contenders for this award, that will have the kind of impact that Peterson will have on his team. After all, Peterson is still one of the elite running backs in the NFL and he will be a key player for a team that should be a playoff contender.
Runner-Up - Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles

Coach of the Year - Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams
As I said in my preseason predictions for 2015, I have the Rams taking the big step in getting to the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. And since the voters for this award love the surprise playoff teams for picking the recipient of this award, so there is that. I have long been a fan of Fisher and I think he will do a really good job in getting this team to the playoffs amid a tough divisional race and a wide open Wild Card field.
Runner-Up - Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles

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