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Who is the most valuable player in the league so far? Who was the best defensive player? Who does the best coaching job? With the full recognition that something or anything might change in the second half of the season, we will tell you who we I think the big NFL prizes would take home when the season ends now.
We start with the big one.
Most valuable player
1. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs. A fairly simple call, even as brilliant as the next names on this list. Mahomes leads the league by leading yards, touchdown passes, total QBR, left-handed wonder hands on the run, and dazzling spiked spools of the top spool. Taking on a Kansas City offense that was one of the best in the league last season under Alex Smith, and made it even better? Yes, MVP on this point. Slam dunk.
2. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams. Gurley is still a monster from the air, with 16 leading touchdowns and 1,230 yards for the 8-1 Rams. He does everything he has to do in the run-and-pass game, and while the Rams have several MVP candidates, Gurley is the one who can do it all.
3. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints. Do you realize that he never won this award? Crazy for a guy who has written five of the nine 5,000 yards passing seasons of the league history and belongs to NFL QBs at all times of Mount Rushmore. The Saints have just knocked out the Rams and won seven in a row, with Brees looking 39 as good as he had ever done before.
4. Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams. Two MVP candidates in the top four? That's the kind of offense the Rams are running. Goff is fifth in total QBR, second in yards per attempt and has 20 touchdown passes against only six interceptions. Gurley's candidacy is really the only thing Goff holds back.
5. Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers. We suspect that there is something in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, as both quarterbacks of LA Rivers are the fourth in yards per attempt, the third in the Passer standings, the third in total QBR behind Mahomes and Brees and has 19 touchdown passes for three interceptions. He has had the Chargers' offense whined and thought about an All-L.A. Super Bowl.
Coach of the year
1. Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams. Last season's winner was the last coach in the league to lose a game this season. He picked up six of our nine votes for first place to pronounce the big guy in red who follows who McVay was when McVay was still in high school.
2. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs. Big Red won two of the first three votes and six seconds. He's really been the coach of the last year and a half, considering how well his overall plan for transitioning from Smith to Mahomes was at quarterback.
3. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints. The only one who has defeated McVay so far this season. The Payton team has won seven consecutive victories since losing the opening game against the winner Ryan Fitzpatrick Express. He and Brees could win a coach / QB double in this race and the MVP race, especially if the saints do not lose again!
Offensive player of the year
1. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams. It is obvious that the returning player, who takes second place in the MVP poll, is sitting on the "Non-QB MVP" prize. Gurley's condensed resume can be found in the MVP section of this article.
2. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs. Honestly, it seems like this award only exists to award a MVP-worthy returning or wide receiver when a quarterback MVP wins. But if you do what makes Mahomes statistically your team is 8-1 and you are the leading MVP candidate. Why can not you win both?
Third Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings. A new name! Thielen had in each of his first eight games of the season at least 100 reception values. Even after this series, he leads the league with 947 yards and is tied with seven touchdown catches in second place. He has quickly become the most popular and reliable destination of Kirk cousins and has started the conversation about the best recipient in the league.
Defensive player of the year
1 Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams. Unanimously. You can collect 10 bags from the defensive position of the tackle in the first eight games of the season, you must win this award. Donald only does things nobody else in the league does. He won the award last season and is currently rejoicing.
2nd J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans. What a bounce-back season for Watts of two years of devastating injury. He has nine sacks for a Houston team that won six straight after winning 3-0, and the defense clicks the way the Texans always hoped.
3. Khalil Mack, DE, Chicago Bears. If we had done this exercise in late September, Mack would probably have run away with this award. Even after injuries that had somewhat eradicated his production in recent weeks, he stayed in third place. The impact of his acquisition on the Bears and NFC playoff races just before the start of the season is beyond question.
Offensive rookie of the year
1 Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants. Barkley is one of the few bright spots in another lost Giants season and is ranked third after just ten minutes behind Gurley and James Conner of Pittsburgh. At receptions, he is ranked eighth in the league – not under the back but among all NFL players.
2. Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos. What a story. Undrafted Lindsay should not be the best beginner running back on the Broncoswho won Royce Freeman in the third round. But Lindsay defeated Freeman in the season and is currently ranked sixth in the shunting squad and ranked sixth with a robust 5.4 meters per attempt.
3. Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons. While Julio Jones is famous Not he had just hit touchdowns (he had just received his first in Week 9), but his former Alabama receiver and current team-mate did nothing. Ridley already has seven touchdown catches. He is in second place in the league behind Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown.
Defensive rookie of the year
1 Derwin James, S, Los Angeles Chargers. James was a factor in the end of the defense as the Chargers expected him to be there immediately. But where he has made a big difference are flash packages where the Chargers had to be creative in the absence of Star Pass-Rusher Joey Bosa. James had three sacks in the first four games of the season, while the defense of Los Angeles came under his feet.
2. Darius Leonard, LB, Indianapolis Colts. The rookie of the second round from the state of South Carolina leads the league with 88 points and has four bags for a Colts defense that exceeded expectations and went far beyond expectations. Leonard is in the middle of it.
3. Denzel Ward, CB, Cleveland Browns. Cleveland surprised everyone by taking Ward to fourth and Bradley Chubb still on the board. So far, he was everything the Browns could imagine. A serious cover corner that can put pressure on the defense and there is a tedious cornerstone.
Comeback Player of the Year
1 Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts. "Will he ever play again?" "Can he be the player he once was?" "Why does not he throw another ball in regulatory size?" The offseason questions to luck after a shoulder-lost season have been washed away by 23 touchdown passes. The Colts protect happiness better than ever, and he's fine.
2nd J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans. We've been thinking about watts in the Defensive Player of the Year section. There you will learn everything about how he has overcome his injury problems for 2016 and 2017.
3. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers. His return has not made the Packers a clear Super Bowl contender, as they and many others have believed. However, Rodgers is back from his 2017 season injury (not to mention knee injury in week 1 2018) and an average of 318 yards per game with 15 touchdowns and just one interception.