Through Week 13 NFL Superlatives
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, scouts compared Mahomes to Hall of Famer Brett Favre, calling the Kermit-voiced quarterback a magician who makes every throw from the pocket and works wonders when protection breaks down and he has to go off-script. Despite his professed love for ketchup on spaghetti, the signal-caller has proved to have wonderful tastes on the field, where he constantly connects with a myriad of Chiefs weapons, including speedster Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins, the breadwinner of the group. Having smashed numerous NFL records, the quarterback leads the league in touchdown tosses (41), ranks second in passing yards (3,923) and is the engine behind a Kansas City offense that ranks first in points per game (37.0) through Week 13. Do you think the Chiefs miss Alex Smith, right now? Sorry Alex, you’re one of my favorite bus drivers, but I prefer opening Lambo doors. Book Mahomes for MVP.
Offensive Player Of The Year
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley
Gurley won this award in 2017. Well, surprise lads and gals, Mr. Gurley will be arriving on time to pick up the league’s OPOY for the second season in a row. Let’s all acknowledge that Gurley would be a cheat code even without a genius like Sean McVay scoring the plays like a conductor at a symphony. Now that we’ve gotten past that, let’s talk about how it’s virtually unfair that Gurley’s playing McVay’s Greatest Show on Turf x Steroids collab. The vast amount of packages Los Angeles runs from 11 personnel -- one running back, one tight end and three wideouts -- takes a lot of eyes off Gurley, as the Rams use motion , play-action concepts and trickery to keep defenses guessing. With an incredible scheme and super-mammal abilities, the UGA product is first in the league in rushing (1,175) though Week 13 and has found the end zone 15 times via ground -- also first. More proof that Le’Veon Bell knew what he’s talking about when he said a lot of these guys aren’t tailbacks anymore, more so offensive weapons, Gurley's hauled in 46 receptions, including four tugs. That’s a weapon, boss. If he doesn’t win MVP, let him add another one of these to the mantle. Hopefully, he’ll be with YG to accept it.
Defensive Player Of The Year
Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald
Donald made our inaugural All-Mammal team, and I will say this again: He is the best player in football. If you need any proof other than the vast amount of tape he’s put out since entering the NFL, check out what he did against the Chiefs in Week 11. A complete game-wrecker, Donald tallied 2.0 sacks and two strip sacks, including one that was scooped up for a touchdown. He’s also leading the NFL in sacks (16.5) from the one-technique, something that’s virtually amazing considering how many times he has to face double and triple teams. There’s a reason why defensive tackle’s like Ed Oliver get consideration as the No. 1 pick. When your compared to Aaron Donald, any franchise would build around you.
Ps: Donald should be the MVP and it should be undisputed. Sadly, this is an award given to quarterbacks and not the best player in the league.
Offensive Rookie Of The Year
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley
I’ve heard people say the Giants were foolish for taking a tailback with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Honestly, drafting a quarterback wouldn’t alleviate the vast amount of problems in New York and Barkley is a solidified Hall of Fame talent. From the eye test alone, you can see what makes Barkley so special. He has the vision of Barry Sanders, which allows him to find holes before they even open. His strength is reminiscence of Earl Campbell’s, and his knack for breaking arm tackles is living proof. He’s also got the shiftiness of LeSean McCoy, hurdles opponents like Zeke Elliott and catches passes out of the backfield just as well as Todd Gurley -- Barkley’s currently leading the NFL in yards after the catch. He’s on pace to rush for at least 1,000 yards and tally 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie. Two other players have done that during their career, Rodger Craig and Marshall Faulk. Saquad’s just turned old enough to legally drink an adult beverage.
Defensive Rookie Of The Year
Indianapolis Colts OLB Darius Leonard
Leighton Vander Esch is a monster in Dallas. Browns rookie Denzel Ward has been awesome on the island and Derwin James is already proving to be one of the league’s best safeties in San Diego. None of these players have been quite as good as Leonard, an overlooked player who broke out of South Carolina State and instantly settled in as one of the league’s premier outside linebackers. He currently leads the NFL in tackles (122), ranks fourth in forced fumbles (four) and has 6.0 sacks and a pick. A certified thumper, Leonard is the new breed of linebacker who can rush the passer, hold up against the run and stay on the field during passing downs. At 23, the ceiling is the roof for this HBCU product. Finally, the Colts have a tone setter on defense.
Comeback Player Of The Year
Houston Texans DE JJ Watt
Odell Beckham is having a phenomenal year coming off of injury, it’s just that he plays for the lowly Giants, who are in the running for the No. 1 pick. Even with the reinvigorated dance moves and him showing off his cannon for an arm each week, the wideout still hasn’t had quite the season Watt’s enjoyed. After two consecutive season-ending injuries, things didn’t look bright for Captain America. And with less moments of the NFL’s Larry Bird waving the American Flag around the football field, commentators on Profootballtalk threatened a boycott. Never fear my dear Patriots, Watt is back in action and thriving once again. He’s been the catalyst behind a ballsy Houston squad playing Captain Save a Coach for Bill O’Brien and etching out nine consecutive victories despite starting the season 0-3. His 11.5 sacks rank fourth in the league. He’s once again been stout against the run, constantly bullying his way through double teams and using his technique to shed blockers. Oh and he’s ranked second in the league in forced fumbles (five) With a healthy Watt, Houston could be a scary team come playoff time. Shit’s getting spooky.
Coach Of The Year
Chicago Bears Matt Nagy
Mitchell Trubisky and Da Bears are currently 8-4 and have a Vince McMahon-like stranglehold on the vaunted NFC North. Shocker, eh? Boys thought putting Matt Stafford with cable in Minnesota would lead them to the Super Bowl and Aaron Rodgers would whip up some magic despite Mike McCarthy’s incompetence. Since none of those are happening, the true story is how the Bears are managing to look like a contender. A former quarterback himself, Matt Nagy’s helped groom Trubisky into a potential star and has found ways to keep defenses honest with Jordan Howard, revitalize Allen Robinson’s career and integrate swiss-army knife Tarik Cohen into a Alvin Kamara-like role. The defense has been dominant, as Khalil Mack is the second-most dominant defender in football and complete game-changer. Oh and don’t forget about Eddie Jackson, the younger brother of former star recruit DeMar Dorsey, and a defensive back whose nose for the end zone is Primetimeish. With the Florida natives leading the Bears’ defense, let the Kodak-boppin begin. Salute to Matt Nagy, he’s definitely a friend of the site after throwing Southlake native Chase Daniel out their at quarterback on Thanksgiving and finding a way to gobble up the Lions.