NFL Mid-Season MVP and Other Award Predictions

Steve ChottCorrespondent INovember 2, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 23:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers enters the field prior to the start of their game against the Washington Redskins at Bank of America Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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With the NFL season halfway over, we've seen a lot of football.

We've seen the emergence of Cam Newton, the Tim Tebow saga and the struggles of Philadelphia's "Dream Team." Through it all though, there has been some great play from many players and still a large field for the MVP chase as well as other awards. Here are my awards through the first eight weeks. 


Offensive Rookie of the Year: Cam Newton

Really, this one is too easy.

I was in the small camp of people who actually thought that Cam Newton would be good, but I didn't even see this coming so early. Even though his team hasn't been outstanding, Cam has been great. He's thrown for 2,393 yards(second in the league behind Drew Brees) and 11 touchdowns.

When he cuts down his turnovers, Cam will be this decade's Mike Vick and may even be better.


Defensive Rookie of the Year: Ryan Kerrigan

I've only seen Ryan Kerrigan play a two or three times this year, but he's been impressive. He set the tone for his great season with a pick six in Week 1 against the Giants. He's had two sacks and two forced fumbles to go along with his 29 tackles this season.

If he keeps it up and nobody really comes on in the second half, Kerrigan should be the Defensive Rookie of the Year.


Coach of the Year: Jim Harbaugh

This one was actually tough. Jim Harbaugh has turned around the 49ers, but also in consideration was Todd Haley of the Chiefs and Marvin Lewis of the Bengals. In the end though, Harbaugh was the best choice.

The 2010 49ers were 6-10 and very unimpressive. People were calling for Alex Smith's head yet Harbaugh has halted the bust label on him for now and made him seem like a competent quarterback.


Offensive Player of the Year: Calvin Johnson

You could go many different ways with this award, but I like Calvin Johnson for Offensive Player of the year.

He has been an absolute monster through the first eight weeks and is unstoppable at times. With 11 touchdowns it's very possible that he breaks Randy Moss' record for 23 touchdown receptions in a season. Megatron has been simply unstoppable season and I'm confident it's not going to stop any time soon.


Defensive Player of the Year: Pat Angerer

Wait, who?

Chances are a lot of NFL fans don't know who Pat Angerer is and honestly I didn't until 30 minutes ago, but who's counting?

Anyway, Angerer has 90 tackles through eight games, which comes out to more than 10 tackles per game. It's ridiculous, especially when you consider that Jerod Mayo, the league leader from last season, had 114 tackles all year. I suspect this will slow down and somebody will take charge of the Defensive Player of the Year race, but for now you definitely can't ignore the second year player on the Colts.


NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers

Once again, this is almost too easy.

As unstoppable as Calvin Johnson has been and with all the yards Drew Brees has thrown, nobody holds a torch to Aaron Rodgers. The Super Bowl MVP from last year has 2,372 yards, 20 touchdowns to just three interceptions, all while leading the Packers to an undefeated record so far.

Rodgers has put himself far above everybody else in the NFL so far this season and if he keeps it up he is a lock to win MVP.