Early 2022 NFL Award Predictions

Early 2022 NFL Award Predictions

My primary and longshot candidates to take home next year’s NFL MVP, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year awards. Can Josh Allen win his first MVP?

MVP

Prediction: Josh Allen, quarterback, Buffalo Bills– The Bills star Quarterback has been a force in the NFL in recent years and has improved his game dramatically. He seems to get better and better, and I believe it will finally be his year to take home MVP. He finished the 2021 season with 4,407 yards, 36 touchdowns, and an incredible postseason. 

Allen has proved that he can duel with the best after a dramatic fourth-quarter battle with Patrick Mahomes in the AFC Divisional round. He has showcased some of the best all-around QB skills the league has seen in a while, and it’s inevitable that this 6’5, strong, fast, and powerful player gets an MVP eventually.

Longshot: Lamar Jackson, quarterback, Baltimore Ravens– After an unprecedented 2019 season, taking home MVP and revolutionizing the Quarterback position, Lamar Jackson has had a disappointing last couple of years. He took the league by storm in his sophomore season, and I believe he will have less of a target on his back next year, creating more possibilities for his electrifying moments.

OPOY

Prediction: Cooper Kupp, wide receiver, Los Angeles Rams– Kupp capped off his 2021-22 season with a Super Bowl MVP to add to a receiving triple crown and OPOY award. He joins Jerry Rice as the second player in NFL history to achieve this feat. Not bad company. Nothing suggests that Kupp will slow down next year with a stacked receiving core alongside him.

Longshot: Saquon Barkley, running back, New York Giants– If Barkley wants to get his career back on track, this is the year to do it. After getting drafted by the Giants in 2018, the story of Saquon’s career has been injuries and losses. Daniel Jones has struggled just as much himself as starting QB and has massively underutilized his star Running Back. If the Giants want to succeed next year, Saquon will need to be back at his best.

DPOY

Prediction: Myles Garrett, defensive end, Cleveland Browns– Pass rusher Myles Garrett has quickly become an elite force in the NFL on the defensive side of things. After being selected first in the 2017 draft, he has lived up to his potential and will be critical towards any success that the Browns may have this year. Garrett’s Pro Football Focus rating was the 7th highest this year amongst the rest of the league, and he is only rising.

Early 2022 NFL Award Predictions
Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett has the opportunity to explode onto the scene as the NFL’s Defensive Player of thee Year next season.

Longshot: A.J. Terrell, cornerback, Atlanta Falcons– Young Falcons Cornerback A.J. Terrell had an awe-inspiring sophomore season in the NFL after being selected 16th by the Falcons in the 2020 draft. This season, he made three interceptions, gave up one touchdown, and could not be beaten deep. While the Falcons defensive unit is fragile, Terrell is one bright spot in the lineup.

COTY

Prediction: Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals– Taylor and the Bengals will be returning next season with a vengeance after losing Super Bowl 56 to the Rams in a heartbreaking fashion. With nearly $50 million in cap space, the Bengals possibilities are endless, and I believe Joe Burrow will lead them right back into the playoffs. This young squad will only continue to improve under Taylor, and I can see him taking home Coach of the Year next season after arguably deserving it this past one.

Longshot: Robert Saleh, New York Jets– Yes, I know. I picked someone within the Jets organization to win an award next year. While it may seem ridiculous now, the Jets are in line for a massive improvement from last season. Quarterback Zach Wilson will continue to improve, and lots of cap space could significantly improve this roster. Saleh is a coach that knows how to inspire, and if the Jets improve this season, he could be a candidate for the award