The NFL Super Bowl is coming up, but the Honors are sooner. The competition always gets heavy at the honors, and players get their various awards, which are either expected or controversial. This year will most likely remain in the same mold as past years, and predictions are almost never completely right, but maybe we can predict them all right this year, who knows.
Matt Ryan. Ryan deserves the MVP after what he did this year. He played at an exceptional level all year, played a few games without Julio and did not miss a beat. He carried this team, and once again became “Matty Ice”. Tom Brady could also be MVP, but the Patriots went 3-1 when he was suspended and nobody was surprised by Tom Brady’s performance.
Offensive Player of the Year
David Johnson. It would be easy for someone to say Aaron Rodgers, but Johnson had an extraordinary year. If the Cardinals had played as good as they did last year, Johnson would be the talk of the league (like he was last season). He had over 2,000 yards total and 20 touchdowns. Definitely the best offensive player this year.
Defensive Player of the Year
Khalil Mack. Luckily, J.J Watt was injured, or this award would not even be questioned on who it would go to. Mack played well, with 11 sacks and 5 force fumbles, he helped his team make the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Comeback Player of the Year
Jordy Nelson. Nelson was injured last year, and did not get to play. This year, he played amazingly. Nelson had 14 touchdown receptions, over 1,200 yards and 97 catches. Nelson going from the IR to one of the best receivers this year is the definition of a comeback player.
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Ezekiel Elliot. Elliot had 1,631 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, in his first 16 games as an NFL player. These numbers are great for any running back, but for a rookie to put up those numbers, is truly deserving as the best Offensive Rookie this year.
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Joey Bosa. Even though Bosa held out for 4 games before playing, he still becomes the Defensive Rookie. However, if the people voting for defensive rookie had a grudge over what Bosa did, it may not be unrealistic for Jalen Ramsey or Keanu Neal to win.
Coach of the Year
Andy Reid. Yes, this pick may surprise you. Most people think it will be Quinn or Garrett, but Garrett just had a good team, he did not do any new coaching antics to make him better than others, and Quinn is where he is because Kyle Shanahan can coordinate the offense well. Reid won the number 2 seed and the AFC west division with a starting quarterback who averaged 1 touchdown pass per game with 15 total. Rodgers averaged 2.5 touchdowns per game and had 40 for the season (lead the league) and the Packers did not get a bye. Reid has it tough in Kansas City, but he still produces playoff teams somehow.
Well, there is my picks for the Honors, fellow Sports Reaction’ists. Remember, be the best sports fan you can be.
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