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Thursday, November 11, 2010

2010 NFL Mid-Season Awards

Team Mid-Season Awards

AFC - Most Surprising - Oakland Raiders (5-4)

The Raiders really have turned it around and are currently on a three game winning streak, their first in eight years. This is a talented team that is able to win the close games and also blow teams out.

NFC - Most Surprising – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3)

The young guys on the Buccaneers have really stepped it up. They should be a dangerous team for a long time.

AFC - Over Hyped - Cincinnati Bengals (2-6)

A very talented team, but they have underwhelmed even with the new additions on offense. They were a playoff team last year because of their top 10 rushing offense and rushing defense. This year they are in the bottom half of the league in both rushing and stopping the run.

NFC- Over Hyped- San Fransisco 49ers (2-6)

The Obvious pick is the Dallas Cowboys, but I'm sick of hearing about them. The 49ers are in the weakest division in the NFL and are very talented team. They have really disappointed this year, once they figure out their quarterback situation I think they will be a great team.

Player Awards

MVP – QB Phillip Rivers

The Chargers record is only 4-5, but Rivers has literally done everything he can to help them win games. Rivers is on pace to break Dan Marino's single season yard passing record of 5,084 yards (record that has not be broken for 26 years) and also leads the NFL in 19 TD passes. I expect the Chargers to have a winning record by the end of the season, and Rivers to get the MVP. Runner up: QB Peyton Manning

Offensive Player Of the Year – TE Antonio Gates

9 TDs 663 yards and 16.6 yards per catch for a tight end? Those are impressive stats for a full year, and Gates has only played 8 games. What is even more impressive is that Gates has been slowed by injuries, and he has still been unreal for the first half. Runner up: RB Arian Foster

Defensive Player of the Year – LB Clay Matthews

This is an obvious pick. Matthews has simply dominated already racking up 10.5 sacks and constantly putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Runner up: CB DeAngelo Hall

Offensive Rookie of the Year – QB Sam Bradford

You have to give Bradford a lot of credit for stepping onto a pretty bad team and playing really well. So many young quarterbacks in the past have gone on bad teams and taken a beating (JaMarcus Russell, Alex Smith, David Carr, Joey Harrington) and digressed. Bradford is playing the hardest position on one of the worst teams and has played extremely I think you have to give him the ROY. Runner up: Mike Williams

Defensive Rookie of the Year – DT Ndamukong Suh

Usually rookie defensive lineman struggle in their rookie season. Suh has not missed a beat, he has come in and not only been the best rookie, but has been one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. He is scary. Runner up: S Eric Berry


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