Most Valuable Player - Tom Brady, New England Patriots
You think that Brady just may be playing with a chip on his shoulder this season? It sure seems that way in the wake of the whole Deflategate brouhaha as a 38 year old Brady is currently having the best season of his career and at this rate, he is on pace to throw for 46 touchdown passes and a record 5,508 yards. The Patriots are clearly the best team in the league this season and above all us, Brady is the reason why.
Runner-Up - Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Offensive Player of the Year - Tom Brady, New England Patriots
The debate over whether this is an award for the best non-QB in the league, as the best QB would indubitably be the MVP, will probably never end. But frankly with the kind of offensive numbers that he has been putting up, there is no reason that Brady should not be getting this award as well. He simply has been the best offensive player in the league this year.
Runner-Up - Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Defensive Player of the Year - Josh Norman, Carolina Panthers
As much as I would love to give this award to one of my favorites, Charles Woodson, I think it has got to go to the breakout cornerback for the Panthers. Norman has been one of the key reasons why the Panthers sit here without a loss as he has arguably been the top cornerback in the league this season. Less than half of passes thrown his way have been completed and he has got four picks on the season thus far, taking two of them to the house.
Runner-Up - Charles Woodson, Oakland Raiders
Offensive Rookie of the Year - Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
Gurley has only really played in four games this season and he currently is fifth in the league in rushing. He has far and away the most yards per game of any back in the NFL thus far with a 115 yard average and is averaging a very strong six yards a carry. And he is doing thus without much production at quarterback and an inconsistent offensive line. If you want to make a case that Gurley has already become the best back in the NFL, I am listening.
Runner-Up - Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
Defensive Rookie of the Year - Ronald Darby, Buffalo Bills
There have been a number of really good rookie cornerbacks, including our runner-up below, but I give the slight edge to Darby. Pro Football Focus lists them as their top rookie corner and one of their best period, and not only is that impressive in general, it is made more impressive when given the fact that the Bills' pass rush has been terrible this season as they have only 11 sacks.
Runner-Up - Marcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs
Comeback Player of the Year - Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
You can make a great case for Carson Palmer here as he has been terrific this season despite coming off another torn ACL, but here is the difference for me to give this to Johnson. Palmer, when healthy last season, was terrific. Johnson, however, was awful a year ago and he really has been a disappointment ever since his epic 2009 campaign. He basically came out of nowhere this season and has been huge for this Cardinals team and I'll give him this award.
Runner-Up - Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Coach of the Year - Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders
This is an award that could go to a number of guys but I am leaning towards Del Rio. In his first season in Oakland, he has the Raiders as a legitimate playoff contender in the AFC. Again, we are talking about the Oakland Raiders, who have been the butt of jokes for over a decade now. Derek Carr is looking great, Amari Cooper is looking like an impact player at wideout and I think Del Rio deserves credit for getting these guys to look like an NFL team once again.
Runner-Up - Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons