NFL Quarterly Awards

Jesse Balasus
Football Analyst

“There’s football players, and then there’s Football players.” -Jim Harbaugh

Somehow, we’re a quarter of the way through the NFL season. I agree, it’s going by way too fast and it needs to slow down a little. Since we’re a quarter of the way through, I thought I should give my predictions as to who will win the yearly awards. Expect another award article halfway and three quarters of the way through the season.

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MVP: Russell Wilson

Russ has been waiting his turn to win MVP for years now, and I believe this is his year. Through four games, he has 1285 yards, 16, yes 16 touchdowns to only two interceptions, and a whopping completion percentage of 75.2. Wilson made history already this season as the first person to ever throw for at least four touchdowns in each of the first three games of the season. To make things even wilder, he is on pace for 64 touchdowns and 5140 passing yards for the season. It’s Russ’ world and we’re just living in it.

Offensive Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers

Usually this award goes to the best non-quarterback, but considering virtually everyone and their mother is injured right now, it’s going to a resurgent Rodgers. 1214 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, zero interceptions, and a completion percentage of 70.5. It seems like everyone freaking out over not giving Rodgers any offensive weapons was for nothing. Real talk, the Packers trading up for Jordan Love was a galaxy brain move by the front office to light a fire under Rodgers’ ass. Top tier maneuvering right there. Rodgers is currently on pace for over 4800 passing yards and 52 touchdowns, both of which would be career bests.

Defensive Player of the Year: Myles Garrett

In only four games this year, Garrett already has five sacks, six quarterback hits, and three forced fumbles. Complete video game numbers from a guy who is too good to have to spend his career in the “Mistake by the Lake”. Yes, he only has 11 total tackles so far, but what do you expect, teams run away from him. Garrett is currently on pace for 20! sacks, 24 quarterback hits, 12 forced fumbles, and 44 total tackles, which would match his career best. Seriously, it’s unfair he has to play in Cleveland.

Comeback Player of the Year: Cam Newton

Not only did Cam come back from injury upon injury in Carolina, now he gets to come back from Covid. Talk about a double whammy. Before testing positive, Cam was starting to look like his former self. If he can come back and lead the Patriots to a playoff berth, or even another division title (sigh) he’s a lock for this award.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Yes, Burrow and Herbert have been great, but Helaire has put arguably the greatest offense we’ve ever seen into an entirely new stratosphere. Now, Mahomes and co. have a good enough back where they can beat you running the ball instead of throwing it 59 times. He currently has 304 rushing yards, 129 receiving yards, but only one touchdown. That one touchdown makes sense though, as the Chiefs usually score from outside the redzone. Helaire is on pace for 1216 rushing yards, 516 passing yards, and four touchdowns. Getting 1700+ scrimmage yards from a rookie who was taken at the very end of the first round should be illegal.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Patrick Queen

Queen, who somehow miraculously fell to the Ravens at 28, has become a tackling machine. Currently, he has 33 total tackles, four tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, one sack, and a forced fumble. Yes, he did struggle a bit against Kansas City in week 3, but name me a rookie defensive player that Andy Reid hasn’t picked apart. Plus, he had an unbelievable goal line stop last week shown below. Queen leads the Ravens in tackles and is on pace for 132. He is also on pace for 16 TFLs, eight quarterback hits, and four sacks. All that from a rookie who just turned 21? Talk about a stud.

Coach of the Year: Sean McDermott

I know we all said the Bills were gonna win the AFC East this year, but did we all actually believe it? Nobody honestly believed the Patriots would’ve gone down that easily. But McDermott has the Bills looking like a top five, potentially top three team. Josh Allen is a bonafide MVP candidate, the defense has been lights out, and they’re sitting at a perfect 4-0. Many books expected the Bills to win around eight to nine games this year, and unless we see a huge collapse, they should blow right past that.

Biggest Surprise: Los Angeles Rams

I know I wasn’t the only one that had written the Rams off before the season started. Tucked in a division with San Francisco, Arizona, and Seattle? It felt like they were a lock to finish last. Instead, they’re currently second in the division at 3-1. Jared Goff looks like his 2018 self, Robert Woods has been a force at WR, and the offense seems to be even better after letting Todd Gurley go. Not to mention they have two of the best in the league on defense with Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. Is Showtime back for good in LA?

Biggest Disappointment: The Entire NFC (L)East

When the leader of your division has only one win after four weeks, you’re going to be the disappointment of the league. Wentz can’t help but throw interceptions, the Cowboys aren’t living up to expectations for the 20th year in a row, the Washington Football Team has now regressed back to old ways, benching a quarterback they just spent a first round pick on, and Saquon Barkley is out for the year, meaning there is literally no reason someone should have the Giants on their TV. This feels like we’re going to have yet another team win this division with less than nine wins and then get rolled by a 12 win team at home. Why can’t one of these teams stay good for more than a year? Will any of them turn the season around? The Magic 8 Ball says highly unlikely.