Let’s have a little mid-season fun.
We are going to give our best guess at who will win these awards at the end of the season based on the games played through week 8 of the NFL. Do you think that is going to stop me from cramming an entire season’s award into half of a season? Nope.
AP MVP Award
Winner: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Just watch this guy lead his team to another Super Bowl. So casual. So Russell. Stay thirsty, my friends.
Winner: Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch, and Jimmy G have flipped this club from the worst to the best club in the NFC, and maybe even better than the AFC. They’re already winning more games than they won last season.
In the running: Pete Carroll, Sean Peyton, Sean McDermott
Winner: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
“Dairy” Sanders, as some are calling him, is running past 11 defensive players and has a 5-yard distance between him and the next guy by the time he hits 15 yards. This is an amazing season. McCaffrey doesn’t slow down even for a guy who plays +90% of the Panther’s snaps. Insane.
Winner: Stephon Gilmore, CB, New England Patriots
The best player on the best defense. Simple enough. Here’s looking at you Jalen Ramsey.
Winner: Gardner Minshew II, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
This one may not hold due to the fact that Nick Bosa, Josh Jacobs and Jax teammate Josh Allen are having great years. So far Minshew has dominated rookie of the week awards winning 6 out of 8. I can’t fight the mania at this moment.
Winner: Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
I would have gone with Gardner Minshew, but he most likely will have to hand the job back to Nick Foles. Not finishing out the season opens the door for Minshew to be eclipsed by other rookies. Jacobs has been strong for Oakland and barring injury I see him cruising through the rest of the season.
In the running: Gardner Minshew II, Kyler Murray, Terry McLaurin
Winner: Nick Bosa, DE, San Francisco 49ers
3 Sacks and 1 interception in Week 8 have people going nuts. Nick Bosa is a problem… Oh yeah, he’s basically already missed 2 games because of a bye week and missing a game.
In the running: Josh Allen(DE), Devin Bush
Winner: Darren Waller, TE, Oakland Raiders
“I was in Baltimore, I was just like a vegetable,” Waller said. “I was getting high, literally, every day. Whatever I could get my hands on. Like opiates first, like oxy pills, stuff like that. Xanax, cocaine. Not caring about anything, any kind of consequences, or anything like that.”
– Darren Waller
He was with the Raiders in 2018, participating in 4 games. He was signed off the Raven’s practice squad on November 26th, 2018. So he participated, but this is one of the greatest comeback stories in the NFL. I encourage you to look into his path and see how he overcame his addiction to become the NFL success that he is today.
In the running: Dalvin Cook, Jimmy Garoppolo, Emanuel Sanders
Winner: Calais Campbell, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars
He’s just a good dude. And he is the NFL’s version of Andre the Giant, but with an even bigger heart.
In the running: One player nominated from each team
Winner: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Because I want him as my teammate and if played against him I know he’d treat his opponent with respect.
Deacon Jones Award
Winner: Myles Garrett, DE, Cleveland Browns
It could be a very tight race and the front runners look to be Shaquil Barrett and Myles Garret.
In the running: Shaquil Barrett, Cameron Jordan, Josh Allen(DE), The Bosa Bros
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