2012 NFL Midseason Awards

NFL Midseason Awards

11/7/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

With Week 9 of NFL action wrapped up, every team in the league has played at least half of their games. We've still got a while to go before we can name our Super Bowl champion, but we've certainly found out a lot about the teams: who can contend, who can't contend, and who's got a bright future. In addition to learning a lot about the teams, we've also learned plenty about which players in the league came into the season ready to make their presence felt on the field. We've still got half the season to play, but here are my picks for the NFL's major awards, as of now:

Most Valuable Player: Matt RyanNov 4, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass in the first half against the Dallas Cowboys at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE (QB, Atlanta Falcons)

At this point in the season, this is an obvious choice to me. With an aging Michael Turner and developing aerial weapons at his disposal, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter stated that he would put the offense in Matt Ryan's hands this season. Ryan has made Koetter proud of his decision, throwing for 295 yards per game, completing 68.9% of his passes, throwing for 17 touchdowns with only six interceptions, and posting an exceptional 103.0 quarterback rating.

It's not just the numbers, however, that make Matt Ryan the MVP. Ryan has led his team to a league-best 8-0 record with the league's 25th ranked rushing offense. This Falcons team goes as Ryan goes, and the team is going very well - perfectly, in fact. Ryan has also been calm and composed in big moments, leading two fourth quarter comebacks along with a league-leading four game-winning drives.

Ryan's biggest threat for MVP is Peyton Manning. I can understand the argument for Peyton, as he has thrown for 300.5 yards per game and leads the league with a 108.6 quarterback rating. However, Peyton has, at times, failed to get his offense going early and has gotten his team in a hole. The Broncos - a team that made it to the second round of the playoffs last year with Tim Tebow behind center - have a mildly impressive 5-3 record, and we want to give their quarterback the MVP? No way. Matt Ryan is your NFL MVP... for now.

Honorable Mention: Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Arian Foster

Offensive Player of the Year: Peyton Manning (QB, Denver Broncos)

As I mentioned before, Peyton Manning's numbers are staggering this season. The reason I couldn't give him the MVP was because many of his too-little-too-late performances weren't resulting in wins. The OPOY award, however, doesn't take wins into account as much as MVP does. Throwing for over 300 yards a game, and posting league-leading marks in completion percentage and quarterback rating, Peyton has the most impressive passing numbers in the league. He's thrown for 2+ touchdown passes in seven of his eight games, and has thrown three touchdowns in each of his last five games.

Peyton's possibility of returning to pre-injury form was strictly based on whether or not he could regain full feeling in his right arm. He's definitely got that feeling back, so we're seeing good old Peyton Manning again.

Honorable Mention: Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Tom Brady, Arian Foster
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11/8/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61955 respect

adamsprech wrote:
I don't think they'd be 8-0, no. I do think they'd still have a winning record however. The Falcons are the most well-balanced team in the league. Matt Ryan is very good, but does not mean the difference between winning and losing for this team in every game they play.

The question is loaded, anyway. MVP really just depends on what you focus on. The qb's that make a majorly noticeable difference in wins and losses for their teams right now are Romo, Eli, and Flacco, I think. Those teams' success for the most part always come down to qb play. (It's why I decided that Eli is the MVP thus far)

The Texans are the most well balanced team in football right now. Our record is misleading, our defense hasn't changed much over the last few years. I think this team is well suited for Ryan, I'm not sure we'd be above .500 with many others because of that. We rely heavily on our offense. He's been a major factor in us pulling out wins. So, could Peyton and Rodgers have success with these Falcons? Could Ben? Sure. But could Romo, or Flacco, or RG3? Maybe, but I doubt it. It's simply a matter of who you replace them with. I would probably agree more with an argument for Peyton than I would for Rodgers. Mostly because it's Peyton's first season with them.

11/8/12   |   adamsprech   |   28 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
But would they be 8-0?

I don't think they'd be 8-0, no. I do think they'd still have a winning record however. The Falcons are the most well-balanced team in the league. Matt Ryan is very good, but does not mean the difference between winning and losing for this team in every game they play.

11/8/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61955 respect

(Edited by kobe_lova)

I didn't read the Matt Ryan thing because it makes me nervous. I prefer the constant disrespect that my team receives. As for the others, I'm not really sure I agree with any of them besides maybe AP. I need to think on the best Offensive Player thus far. I shall return.

edits as they come in*

-Elli Mae may be the MVP to his team. His numbers aren't as stellar but he is why they have a winning record right now.
-Peyton F. Manning as the Comeback of the Year! It was his neck! That trumps everything else for me.

11/8/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61955 respect

adamsprech wrote:
I'll have to disagree with you on your MVP vote. I think Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers are both far more deserving of the award than Matt Ryan. I made this argument the other day, Matt Ryan is not nearly as valuable to his team as either of the other two. If you removed Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning from their teams, the results would be no different than the 2011 Colts without Manning. If you removed Matt Ryan from the Falcons they'd still probably be 5-3.

Matt Ryan and the Falcons, much like the 2008 Patriots, are an extremely balanced team that can win without the QB, unlike teams like the Saints, Broncos, Packers, and even the Colts to a lesser extent with andy Luck.

But would they be 8-0?

11/7/12   |   adamsprech   |   28 respect

I'll have to disagree with you on your MVP vote. I think Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers are both far more deserving of the award than Matt Ryan. I made this argument the other day, Matt Ryan is not nearly as valuable to his team as either of the other two. If you removed Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning from their teams, the results would be no different than the 2011 Colts without Manning. If you removed Matt Ryan from the Falcons they'd still probably be 5-3.

Matt Ryan and the Falcons, much like the 2008 Patriots, are an extremely balanced team that can win without the QB, unlike teams like the Saints, Broncos, Packers, and even the Colts to a lesser extent with andy Luck.