Week 6 is coming to an end, despite the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts tomorrow night. Since we're just over 1/3 of the way through the season, I think it is a good time to predict the winners of each award.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Kiko Alonzo, Buffalo Bills
Kiko Alonzo basically came out of no where this year, and he's been insanely impressive. Against the Ravens in Week 4, he had two interceptions to go along with the rest of his great performance. At this point, it's not really anybody's race. You still have guys like Eric Reid and Tyrann Mathieu still within reach.
Preseason Prediction for Defensive Rookie of the Year: Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans Saints
Offensive Rookie of the Year and Rookie of the Year: Geno Smith, New York Jets
This is probably the first time I've ever written anything about the Jets that's not a joke in a year and a half. As of now, I don't even think this is close, but other guys in consideration are Eddie Lacy (who missed a week due to a concussion) and Kenbrell Thompkins of the Patriots. Smith has lead the Jets to a 3-3 record thus far, which is a lot higher than many people expected.
Preseason Prediction for Offensive Rookie of the Year: Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
Preseason Prediction for Rookie of the Year: EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills
Coach of the Year: Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
Nothing like getting fired from one team and then turning another one into a 6-0 powerhouse, right? We've all done, I mean, who doesn't agree to terms with the worst team from the season before and turn them into one of the best the next. Andy Reid may look like he's eaten his entire roster, but seriously, the dude is a genius. I wouldn't doubt seeing John Fox come up and win this thing, because his team is also 6-0 in the NFC West. That's a good division, man!
Preseason Prediction for Coach of the Year: Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans
Comeback Player of the Year: Darrelle Revis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Obviously, there's not a clear front-runner for this award so far. Revis was my preseason prediction, but I don't think he deserves to win it. Johnny Jolly, defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers came back from several years out the league, and is a huge part to why Green Bay's defense is as successful as it has been.
Preseason Prediction for Comeback Player of the Year: Darrelle Revis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Defensive Player of the Year: Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens
Terrell Suggs has filled the gap that Ray Lewis left both defensively and in the locker room. Third in sacks in the NFL is where Suggs currently stands, with 7.0. J.J. Watt has yet to do anything to impress me, and Von Miller has yet to play a game, so there goes your top two from last season.
Preseason Prediction for Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
Offensive Player of the Year: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
In my mind, he's still the second best quarterback in the league, whether he's behind Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. He's the most consistent year-to-year quarterback this league has, and he's always towards the top of the charts for yards, touchdowns, and average. Other candidates are of course Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and surprisingly Tony Romo.
Preseason Prediction for Offensive Player of the Year: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Most Valuable Player: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
As of now, I agree with myself from July. I had a feeling the addition of Wes Welker would completely change the game, and it did. Peyton Manning will break records, on top of the records he already has broken this season. Unless something happens, Manning will win this award in a few months.
Preseason Prediction for MVP: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
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