We are just over the midseason mark and the NFL will honor players for their incredible seasons in just a few months.
Adversity has been a big storyline for teams, due to many big-time players sitting out for weeks due to injury. This just means the league’s next big stars are breaking through the cracks. Let’s take a look at the current NFL Honors candidates.
Most Valuable Player: QB Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)
At the midseason point, Patrick Mahomes was going through the worst slump of his career. However, in the last couple of weeks, Mahomes has shown signs of life and gives us a glimpse of the “old Mahomes.” Through eleven weeks, he is beginning to light teams up in dominant victories. It seems like a big win against the Las Vegas Raiders sparked some life into him and the Chiefs. At the moment, Mahomes walks away with the MVP again at the NFL Honors.
— NFL (@NFL) November 15, 2021
Offensive Player of the Year: RB Jonathan Taylor (Indianapolis Colts)
For a time, this award was almost going to be called the Derrick Henry OPOY award. I have problems with this award because it’s basically just the best non-QB offensive player of the year since the NFL would never select a non-QB to win MVP. Sadly, Henry went down with a broken foot and missed the rest of the regular season. He was on pace for another 2,000-yard season. The runner now leading the league? AFC South foe, Jonathan Taylor. In eleven games this season, Taylor has run for 1,122 yards (1st) with a 5.8 avg (1st), and 13 touchdowns (1st). He has now tied the NFL record for the longest streak of 100+ scrimmage yards and a touchdown in his dominant performance against the league’s best defense, the Buffalo Bills. Taylor is running away with this award.
Top ranked defense, meet Jonathan Taylor. pic.twitter.com/nUXpYEfgjN
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 21, 2021
Defensive Player of the Year: Myles Garrett (Cleveland Browns)
It seems like we’ve come a long way away from when Myles Garrett hit Mason Rudolph with his own helmet. Now, he’s leading the league in sacks and just being absolutely dominant for the Cleveland Browns. For the first time in years, no one is focused on Aaron Donald for this award. Right now, Garrett deserves it and will be receiving recognition at the NFL Honors ceremony.
Sack totals through Week 10:
Myles Garrett: 13
Falcons: 11 pic.twitter.com/6AXazfMGQN
— PFF Bet (@PFF_Bet) November 16, 2021
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Ja’Marr Chase (Cincinnati Bengals)
There are a few players that could be in the running for this, including New England Patriots QB Mac Jones and Pittsburgh Steelers RB Najee Harris. Ja’Marr Chase has been electric for the Cincinnati Bengals offense and a big factor in Joe Burrow having a hot season. Chase has burned many defenses in his pursuit of 1,000 yards. He entered Week 11 5th in receiving with 835 yards. This award could come down to the end of the season. Which rookie in the AFC makes the strongest push to get to the playoffs. This might not be the only time we see Chase at the NFL Honors.
Watch on CBS pic.twitter.com/0Fgo7HqY28
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 21, 2021
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Micah Parsons (Dallas Cowboys)
There were a lot of questions about the Dallas Cowboys drafting Micah Parsons and whether or not he was cut out to be a starter in the NFL. Since Parsons has been killing it as a rookie, it feels like a lifetime ago since that was a question. Parsons has been an absolute stud on that Cowboys defense.
The Cowboys' Micah Parsons is the 1st player with 60 tackles and 8.0 sacks in his team’s first 10 games of a season since Terrell Suggs in 2013.
He’s also the 1st player with 60 tackles and 8.0 sacks in his first 10 career games since 2000. pic.twitter.com/lvqmfIYBvF
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 21, 2021