With this week being the bye week, we might as well expand our horizons beyond the Miami Dolphins and talk a little bit about the league awards through the first half of the season. Some of these are no-brainers while some are debatable. Here's my take on the awards:
NFL MVP: Randy Moss
I know, I know. Tom Brady this and Tom Brady that. The bottom line here is that Randy Moss is far more valuable to the Patriots this particular season than Tom Brady is. Brady's ridiculous numbers are largely a product of Moss's impact on this offense. First, Moss's numbers are great, leading the NFL in receiving yards with 779 and touchdowns with 11. He is also catching a ridiculous 72% of the passes thrown his way. But most importantly is how he is making the offense click. It's the attention that he must get from the defenders that allow guys like Wes Welker and Donte Stallworth to have the opportunities they are having. Unfortunately, because of the emphasis put on numbers, Brady is likely to win the award, but to me he isn't even a top 2 candidate.
Runner up: Brett Favre
Offensive Player of the Year: Tom Brady
This is the only award Brady should win, as it is based primarily on statistics. And nobody has better stats than Tom Brady. He's got nearly 2,500 yards passing, 30 TDs, just 2 interceptions, and a QB rating of 136.2. He's the clearcut choice for this award.
Runner up: Adrian Peterson
Defensive Player of the Year: Thomas Howard
This one was a very though one because there aren't any guys that stand out like there was last year with Jason Taylor, Champ Bailey, Shawne Merriman, and Julius Peppers. Howard, to me, seems like the best bet at this point in time. He's got 46 tackles, 1 sack, 4 interceptions, 8 passes defensed, and 2 touchdowns. I suppose that's impressive enough for me.
Runner up: Julian Peterson
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Adrian Peterson
This one was a no-brainer to me. Peterson is having one of the best rookie seasons of all time. He's 2nd in the NFL in yards from scrimmage (only trailing Ronnie) and that's despite the fact that he doesn't get nearly the amount of touches per game that he should. Also, his 740 rushing yards and 5.8 ypc average both lead the NFL.
Runner up: Dwayne Bowe
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Patrick Willis
Again, this one was another no-brainer. Willis is 2nd in the NFL in total tackles, with 73 and 4.5 tackles for a loss. He's proven to be the stud linebacker everyone thought he would be.
Runner up: Aaron Ross
Coach of the Year: Mike McCarthy
This one was very tough, as I think a few were deserving. What it came down to, though, was the fact that the Packers were an after-thought this year. The only talk around the Packers during the off-season was the usual Brett Favre retirement debate. But something funny happened along the way. Somehow, this group of players happen to be playing quite well, something many didn't think would happen. Now, they sit tied for the best record in the NFC.
Rummer up: Jeff Fisher
Most Disappointing Rookie: Justin Harrell
The Packers drafted this kid out of Tennessee 16th overall. In GB's first 6 games, Harrell's only seen action in 2, making 2 tackles.
Runner up: Jamaal Anderson
Surprise Player of the Year: Derek Anderson
This one's also a very easy one. Anderson, who nobody even gave a thought to early on because of Charlie Frye and Brady Quinn, has come from seemingly nowhere to break out and lead that Cleveland offense. He's 6th in the NFL in QB Rating (95.5), 2nd in yards per attempt (8.34), and 2nd in touchdowns (17). He's a restricted free agent following the season, so his great play this year will go a long way towards a potentially large pay day. The question is: will it be in Cleveland? Probably not, I'd say.
Runners up: Barrett Rudd, Kevin Curtis
Now let me hear what you guys think below...