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

JGood’s NBA Midseason Awards


A few months ago I did a 7 part NBA preview for this season. On the last part of the preview, I gave my season predictions on who would win each award, which teams would make the playoffs, and who would appear in the finals. Let’s see how accurate I with the following awards.

Rookie Of The Year – Karl Anthony-Towns

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My pick in October was Jahlil Okafor. Okafor has been solid this season (17.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.15 bpg), however, Anthony-Towns has really impacted the Timberwolves with his production (16.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.79 bpg). In a usually stacked Western Conference, Minnesota has found a perfect complement to Andrew Wiggins heading into the future. Kristaps Porzingis is 2nd on my list. His impact on the New York Knicks has done a complete 180 to the culture of the team from the previous season. Who would’ve thought the Knicks would be making a run for a playoff spot this year?

Sixth Man Of The Year – Will Barton

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My pick in October was Isaiah Thomas. Isaiah is having an all-star caliber season (21.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.6 apg), but he’s started 44 games this season so he doesn’t qualify. Lou Williams would be a strong candidate as well but he’s in the same boat as Thomas. Will Barton has been balling off the bench this season (15.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.5 apg), and has only started 1 game all year. He’s been the only consistent player on Denver all season. He deserves this award.

DPOY – DeAndre Jordan

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Finally, one of my picks is living up to the hype! Jordan has been sensational on the defensive end this season (11.9 ppg, 13.6 rpg **10.0 defensive rpg**, 2.2 bpg). He continues to clean the glass like Windex and alter shots in the paint. Andre Drummond would be next on my list. Drummond is a better rebounder than Jordan but still has some ways to go to be an elite rim protector.

Most Improved – CJ McCollum

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My pick was the “Greek Freak”. The overall of the starting line up in Portland paved the way for McCollum to have a break out season (20.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.4 apg). Him and Damian Lillard has formed an exciting young backcourt that teams around the league cannot take for granted.

Coach Of The Year – “Luke Kerr”

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My pick was Fred Hoiberg. Luke Walton lead the league’s best Golden State Warriors record 39-4 during Steve Kerr’s absence. Even though the NBA won’t credit Walton’s record, he should definitely be given recognition of his accomplishment. That’s better than Tyronn Lue being the Eastern Conference coach of the All-star game right?

Most Valuable Player – Stephen Curry

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My pick was Anthony Davis. What does the reigning MVP and world champion do for an encore? He turns around and has a better season than his unicorn season a year ago (29.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 6.6 apg). His team is chasing the 96 Chicago Bulls single season record for wins and they are definitely on pace to break it. What more can you ask for?