Tonight at 7PM CT on FOX the NFL will reveal their annual rewards. The awards will include MVP, offensive and defensive player of the year, offensive and defensive rookie of the year, rookie of the year, coach of the year, and comeback player of the year. Here is who we think could come out on top in each of the awards:
MVP & Offensive Player of the Year: Peyton Manning
This has been a no-brainer since week one when Manning opened the season with seven touchdown passes. Since then, at 37 years old, Manning broke the most passing yards in a season record and most touchdown passes in a season record. Manning doesn’t have a 2,000 yard running back to get in his way this year which makes him the league MVP.
Defensive Player of the Year: Robert Quinn
This one is going to be pretty close and will more than likely be the only one Rams fans will really care about. Quinn had 19 sacks which lead the NFC and had seven forced fumbles along with a defensive touchdown. Quinn may only be a defensive end, but he changed the outcome of games and made other teams game plan around him. There’s not many defensive ends that you have to do that for.
Comeback Player of the Year: Alex Smith
I have to stick with my preseason selection of Alex Smith. Smith went to Kansas City, a roster that was far less talented than the one he had in San Francisco, yet still lead them to a 12-4 record and he should have won a playoff game. Smith gives Chiefs fans a lot to look forward to in the up coming years.
Offensive Rookie of the Year & Rookie of the Year: Eddie Lacy
Without Aaron Rogers, the Packers relied heavily on Lacy who kept them in the running until the end of the season when Rogers returned. For a player that dropped all the way into the second round, and was said to have weight problems going into camp, he sure impressed in his rookie season.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Kiko Alonso
As much as I would love to give the award to Alec Ogletree, I just can’t do it, I have to give credit where credit is due and therefore this award has to go to Alonso. Alonso had a pretty good season, and was a big reason for the Bills jumping from 22nd in total defense to number 10.
Coach of the Year: Chip Kelly
There are so many coaches deserving of this award, but my vote goes to Kelly. The Eagles went into the season with Dallas as the sure favorites to win the NFC East and were assumed to be in rebuilding mode.
Starting 1-3 that seemed to be the case, but after Nick Foles took over the Eagles went 7-3 and won the NFC East and almost won a playoff game. Chip Kelly did what nobody expected which is why he should win coach of the year.
Hall of Fame Class:
1. Walter Jones
2. Michael Strahan
4. Anaeas Williams
5. Derek Brooks
Those are my predictions for the NFL Honors which once again, will air tonight at 7PM CT on FOX. Definitely be sure to tune in to see if Rams defensive end does in fact win defensive player of the year. Go Rams!
Topics: St. Louis Rams