With Week 10 of the NFL season creeping closer (a
mammoth game between Washington and Minnesota awaits us on Thursday night), I thought I’d take a page from every other sports blogger out there and throw together a mid-season awards list.
Offensive MVP of the Midseason: Broncos QB Peyton Manning
He couldn’t keep up his superhuman numbers all season, but he has the Broncos at 7-1 heading into their bye week and has amassed some eye-popping numbers. 2919 yards. 29 TD. 6 INT. All of his interceptions have come in the past four games, but he’s also thrown 13 TDs in the same span. The one knock on Manning is his -26 rushing yards.
Defensive MVP of the Midseason: Colts LB Robert Mathis
A tough call over Kansas City’s Justin Houston but Mathis has the Colts atop the AFC South at 6-2. He’s got an NFL-leading 11.5 sacks including four multi-sack games and three forced fumbles. The guy is a game changer for sure and one of the biggest reasons the Colts are the only team to beat the mighty Broncos (he had two sacks in the win).
Offensive Rookie of the Midseason: Packers RB Eddie Lacy
It seems the Packers finally have a solid ground game thanks to rookie Eddie Lacy. He is fourth in the NFL in YPG (85.1) and eighth in rushing yards (596) despite missing their loss to the Bengals. The Pack are locked in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North and will need Lacy to keep producing if they expect to stay there with QB Aaron Rodgers sidelined for a while.
Defensive Rookie of the Midseason: Bills LB Kiko Alonso
The 46th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft is putting on quite a show up in Orchard Park, a far cry from the college life in Eugene, Oregon. Alonso is second in the league with 89 tackles for the 3-6 Bills to go along with two sacks, four interceptions, a forced fumble and four passes defended. You can make a case that he’s the Defensive MVP, but the Bills just aren’t winning enough games.
Coach of the Midseason: Chiefs head coach Andy Reid
Is there any doubt that Andy Reid hasn’t already locked up the NFL Coach of the Year? (I think he locked it up in Week 6). The Chiefs were tied for the worst record (2-14) and were dead last in the NFL in point differential (-214) in 2012 and have Reid to thank for being the lone unbeaten remaining in 2013. Their next game…a showdown with the Broncos following this week’s bye.
Agree? Disagree? Think I’m a jackass? Let me hear your thoughts.