We have now completed nine weeks of the NFL season, and we have still nine weeks left to go. So as we officially cross the halfway point of the regular season this week, let’s give out our half-season awards.
NFL MVP – Patrick Mahomes
There is definitely stiff competition for this half-season award, but we’re going with Patrick Mahomes for a Half-Season Award of MVP because no one can turn a football game into a one-man show like him.
Sunday night was a perfect example. Kansas City, once again, fell behind. But the quarterback that Cold, Hard Football Facts ranks third in Real Quarterback Rating led the Chiefs to victory. In the game he accounted for over 500 yards of total offense, throwing a touchdown, running for a touchdown, and running for the game-tying two-point conversion.
The Chiefs defense ranks 26th in Defensive Real Quarterback Rating, but because Mahomes is on pace for 5,500 passing yards and 45 touchdowns, KC is tied with the Bills for the top seed in the AFC.
Offensive Player of the Year – Tyreek Hill
The former teammate of our MVP is an easy choice for Offensive Player of the Year. Tua Tagovailoa has been fantastic for the Dolphins, but even when Tua was out, Tyreek Hill kept piling up numbers.
He already has over 1,100 yards receiving, and his current pace of 2,085 yards would easily break the single-season record. Cold, Hard Football Facts ranks the Dolphins number one in the NFL in Real Passing Yds/Attempt, and the playmaker they call Cheetah is largely responsible. He has games of 143 yards, 160, 177, 188, and 190 already this season.
Defensive Player of the Year – Micah Parsons
Largely because of the injury to Dak Prescott, Dallas has fairly pedestrian offensive team numbers. They rank just 14th in points scored and 16th in average yards per play.
But Dallas is in the thick of the conversation for NFC favorite because of its defense, and no one on that defense is better than second-year all-everything linebacker Micah Parsons. He has 8.0 of the Cowboys NFL-leading 33 sacks, and without a doubt his presence on the field has helped increase the individual numbers for his teammates.
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Kenneth Walker III
First it was Dameon Pierce. Then it was Breece Hall. But now the rookie running back who has become the backbone of his team’s rushing attack is Kenneth Walker of the Seahawks. Cold, Hard Football Facts ranks the Seahawks 12th in Offensive Rusher Rating, and it’s all because of Walker.
Defensive Rookie of the Year – Sauce Gardner
He began the season as Ahmad Gardner, waiting to use his nickname “Sauce” until he earned it at the NFL level. That took about a quarter. The Jets cornerback is an easy pick for Defensive Rookie of the Year, having allowed just four catches for 28 yards when playing in man coverage this season. The Jets just beat the Bills, and they wouldn’t have done it without their stud rookie.
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