Owen Bower, Staff Writer
While the Saints, Rams, Patriots, and Chiefs are looking forward to competing for the super bowl, the other teams have moved on to looking forward to the NFL Awards. The NFL hands out 7 total awards including, most valuable player, offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year, offensive rookie of the year, defensive rookie of the year, and the comeback player of the year.
Even though Todd Gurley has dominated the entire league with consistent numbers, he’s not my regular season MVP. Gurley had 17 touchdowns which was the most by far by any running back in the NFL. Patrick Mahomes has been unreal in his first season as an NFL starter. The 23 year old has 50 touchdowns which is still 11 more than Andrew Luck in second place with 39.
Offensive Player of the Year
I think Todd Gurley deserves the offensive player of the year. His numbers all year were very dominate and hasn’t slowed down. Another competitor is the wide receiver on the Vikings, Adam Thielen. Thielen was tied for the lead with 16 touchdowns, and was one of the main reasons why the Vikings were even close to a playoff spot.
Defensive Player of the Year
There is many options for this award but I think J.J. Watt deserves it the most. After the Texans lost the first three games of the season, they won nine straight after that and the main reason was Watt. He worked hard to keep his team in the games with great defense. Watt had 16 sacks and had the most tackles by anybody in the league.
Offensive Rookie Player of the Year
The 2017 Heisman winner, Baker Mayfield, led the Browns to 7 wins after going 0-16-0 last year. Although, I still think Saquon Barkley deserves this award after he ended the season in 2nd place among running backs in rushing yards. Even though Barkley is only 21 he has a bright future and is expected huge things.
Defensive Rookie of the Year
I think Derwin James deserves the defensive rookie of the year awards. James put up solid numbers for the Chargers, including 3.5 sacks and 105 tackles. Derwin James had better numbers than any other defensive rookie and should win the award.
Comeback Player of the Year
After sitting out all of the 2017 season because of a shoulder injury, Andrew Luck has been outstanding. Andrew Luck has 39 touchdowns which was second place under Patrick Mahomes. Luck led the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs where they were able to beat the Houston Texans but couldn’t beat Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.