NFL Midseason Awards


Here we are at the halfway point of the NFL season, and we’ve witnessed some unbelievable things. Between games resulting in a tie for the past 2 consecutive weeks (possibly a 3rd coming up), Julio Jones 300-yard game against the Carolina Panthers in week 4, Jay Ajayi’s back to back 200 rushing yard games, and the Cleveland Browns being winless, this season has shaped up to be an entertaining one thus far. With that being said, here are our midseason awards picks.

MVP

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Derek Carr, QB (Oakland Raiders)
Matt Ryan has the stats to be MVP this year (2,636 yards passing, 19 touchdowns and 4 interceptions), and you can even make an argument for Tom Brady, even though he missed the first four games of the season. I’m going with Derek Carr. The Oakland Raiders are 6-2 this season (yes, that is correct) with them being 5-0 being away from home and tied for the division lead. He’s thrown for 2,321 yards, 17 touchdowns, just 3 interceptions, and a passer rating of 100.9. Carr is on a career high pace with all categories that were mentioned. Most importantly, the Raiders are relevant again (for now).

D.Reed’s Pick: Matt Ryan

Offensive Rookie

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“Dak Elliott” Dak Prescott, QB & Ezekiel Elliott, RB (Dallas Cowboys)
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott has been sensational for the Dallas Cowboys this season. In the absence of Tony Romo, Prescott has thrown for 1,773 yards, 9 touchdowns, and only 2 interceptions. He holds the record for most passes without an interception to start an NFL career with 163 attempts. Ezekiel Elliott has filled the void of the running back whole for the Cowboys due to the departure of Demarco Murray in 2014. Elliott leads all of the NFL in rushing with 799 yards, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. This dynamic duo has proven to be a force to reckon with, not only in the NFC East, but in the NFL as well with a record of 6-1.

D.Reed’s Pick: Dak Prescott

Defensive Rookie

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Joey Bosa, DE (San Diego Chargers)
Bosa didn’t play until October because of contract negotiations that dragged out into the regular season. In the four games that Bosa has played in, he has recorded 13 tackles, including 4 sacks. He is turning out the be the pass rusher that the Chargers has desperately needed since the Shawne Merriman era.

D.Reed’s Pick: Joey Bosa

Offensive Player

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Julio Jones, WR (Atlanta Falcons)
There are a few plays you can make a case for this award including Matt Ryan, Demarco Murray, Ezekiel Elliott, and A.J. Green, but Julio Jones has been special. Arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL, Jones has 43 receptions for 859 yards (20.0 yards per catch) and 4 touchdowns thus far. His defining moment came in week 4 where he caught 12 balls for 300 yards and a touchdown against Carolina. That game cost former Carolina Panthers cornerback Bene Benwikere his job.

D.Reed’s Pick: Julio Jones

Defensive Player

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Zach Brown, LB (Buffalo Bills)
Rex Ryan is known for his defensive coaching, and Zach Brown has been a key component to their success this year. Brown leads the NFL with 87 tackles (59 solo tackles), which includes 3 sacks. If their offense can get healthy, this team can sneak up for a possible wild card berth down the line.

D.Reed’s Pick: Marcus Peters

Comeback Player

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Jordy Nelson, WR (Green Bay Packers)
Jordy Nelson missed all of the 2015 season with a torn ACL. He’s not quite the explosive wide receiver we are used to seeing back in 2014 just yet. So far he has 31 catches for 415 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Packers offense struggled last season without the deep threat of Jordy Nelson and has not been that much better this season. However, it’s only a matter of time before Nelson turns the corner to become an elite WR again.

D.Reed’s Pick: Jordy Nelson

Coach

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Jason Garrett (Dallas Cowboys)
The Dallas Cowboys are without Tony Romo. They have been without Dez Bryant for a period of time during this season. They have rookies starting at quarterback and running back. Somehow, they are 6-1 on the season. This team has played mistake-free football while winning close games (games there were prone to losing last season). What a difference a few injuries and a couple of rookies make, huh?

D.Reed’s Pick: Jason Garrett

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Hall Of Fame Debate: Terrell Owens


This shouldn’t even be a debate. The fact that he’s not a first ballot hall of famer is blasphemy. This is a case where everyone wants to remember the negative aspects of a person instead of his contributions.

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He’s sixth all time in receptions, third in receiving touchdowns, and second in receiving yards. Terrell Owens broke the record for most receptions (20) in one game against the Chicago Bears (sad face) while being a member of the San Francisco 49’ers (until Brandon Marshall set the record in 2009). Let’s not forget about his star stellar performance in the Superbowl on a severely sprained ankle. Besides the above-average drops, he was everything you wanted in a wide receiver. His work ethic is off the charts. He’s ambitious and always motivated. He could probably still play in the NFL today, truthfully speaking.

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I’m not here to defend his antics because what he has done in the past was inexcusable at times. Bashing your quarterbacks and making demands doesn’t equal a good teammate. However, what I am aiming at is that what does any other that has to do with his productivity on the field? The media and journalists are the ones in charge of who enters the hall. I know T.O. wasn’t their favorite person by any means, but to deny him a ticket into Canton on his first try because he rubbed you the wrong way or to “humble him” instead of his resume is unacceptable.

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The guy came to play football and he was definitely one of the best to ever do it. What’s your opinion?

JGOOD

NFL Sunday: What Did We Learn?


Finally… the NFL season has come back to a television set near you! There is nothing like the atmosphere of opening week in the NFL. I’m pretty sure Roger Goodell is the happiest person that the regular season has started (everybody’s attention is focused on football and not legal issues). We saw rookies making their NFL debuts. We witnessed incredible finishes. We even had a Johnny Manziel sighting! Even though we have a double-header for Monday Night Football tonight (I wished they did a couple more of those a year), we learned quite a bit on Sunday.

Romo Still Magical

If you watched the primetime Sunday Night Football game, you’ve witnessed something special. Everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) was going the Giants way. How does Tony Romo and the Cowboys respond to unfortunate interceptions, unexplainable penalties, and their best player going down (Dez Bryant out 4 to 6 weeks, possibly longer, with broken bone in foot)? They took advantage of every opportunity in the final few minutes of the game. The Giants have played a great game until their final drive. Poor clock management was their downfall. Here’ a clip or the Cowboy’s Game Winning Drive.

Tyrod Taylor Might Be The Answer

Coming into this game we knew that Buffalo’s defense was borderline elite (Adding Rex Ryan to an already respectable defense just pushed them into that category), but there were still question marks on offense. Granted, they did trade for a top-tier RB in LeSean McCoy, there was uncertainty wish the quarterback position. Taylor completed 14 of 19 passes for 195 yards and a TD. He also ran for 41 yards on 9 carries. The most impressive play came at end of the first quarter; 51 yard TD bomb to Percy Harvin.

Tennessee’s Future Is Bright

The Number One and Two overall picks squared off yesterday featuring Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. The Titans routed the Bucs 42-14, led by a 4 TD performance by Mariota. The Bucs defense was supposed to help out Winston, but… they were nonexistent. Winston struggled going 16 of 33 for 210 yards, including 2 TD’s and 2 interceptions. I believe Jameis Winston will be fine eventually (He was missing his number one target Mike Evans). Titans fans should be excited from what they saw from their newly franchise quarterback.

Chicago Looked Respectable

A lot of people expected Green Bay to run away with this game just like they have done in the past. Yeah… that didn’t happen. Chicago converted their 3rd downs, Matt Forte was an animal running the ball, and Jay Cutler actually played a decent game. Even though he threw one interception in a crucial point of the game, he made the right read (Clay Matthew’s defense was perfect on that play). Green Bay’s talent catapulted them ahead in the second half, and they never looked back. Bringing back James Jones was huge, but you did see moments where they missed Jordy Nelson and will continue to do so.

Baltimore Needs Help

It’s bad enough that I feel like Joe Flacco is the most inconsistent quarterback in the NFL, and the bad side showed yesterday (117 yards passing, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions). Denver’s defense doesn’t get enough credit. They are a borderline, top-tier defense in league, in my opinion. Baltimore NEEDS a number 2 receiver in the most desperate way. Maybe their rookie Breshad Perriman will be the answer whenever he gets healthy. Until then, their offense is going to struggle. OH…. just one more important detail: Terrell Suggs was carted off the field in the 4th quarter with an Achilles injury (Out for season).

Seattle Misses Kam Chancellor

Seattle’s hardball approach of not paying Kam Chancellor is starting to backfire. The “Legion Of Boom” didn’t look spectacular by any means allowing 297 passing yards and 2 TD’s to a mediocre quarterback by league’s standards. The Rams defense looked more dominant throughout the game than the Chancellor-less secondary of the Seahawks. Most importantly, Seattle is currently last in their division after Sunday’s loss. If Chancellor doesn’t come back, this division could have a new champion in December. I know it’s only the first week of the season but divisional games matter the most in the regular season. Their next opponent is Green Bay.

JGood