With the NFL’s regular season being over halfway through, I thought it was only appropriate to give the midseason reports. As a football fan, it’s been weird and interesting but great. There have been some real twists and turns as well as big-time surprises and disappointments. As a Cowboys fan though, not that great. We’ve lost games we should’ve won, one of which came down to finger tips.
If Dez Bryant had only made a fist, it’d be different story.
At any rate, you can hear our podcast version of NFL midseason reports about halfway through the episode where we first interview Bryan Gutierrez of Mavs.com.
Without further ado, here are my nominations for the halfway point:
MVP: Matt Ryan. He’s the quarterback of the only undefeated team in the league. He’s thrown for over 2,000 yards 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. It’s not like the Falcons are in an easy division but the way they are playing would make one think otherwise. Don’t expect the second half of the season to be much different. Sure Atlanta won’t go undefeated but look for them to continue their dominance as long as Ryan is under center.
Offensive Player of the Year: Adrian Peterson. He has made quite the comeback. Many people thought he was going to be out for a good chunk of the season this after getting hurt in Week 16 last year. Think again. He was back for Week 1 and has been running strong. The Palestine, TX native has 775 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and it’s not like he’s got a great supportive cast either. If he stays healthy, he can be a true candidate for MVP one the year is over.
Defensive MVP: J.J. Watt. The Central Michigan grad merged onto the NFL scene just last year and has been a force to be reckon with this year. It seems like he’s practically every tackle and swatting balls down left and right. He’s also recovered four fumbles on the year and helped the Texans to a 6-1 record and made Texans fans ask, “Mario who?”.
Rookie of the Year: Even as a Cowboys fan, I have no choice but to give this award to a Washington Redskin, at least it helps to know he’s from Texas. Anyway, the former Baylor Bear and Heisman Trophy winner has eight touchdowns through the air and six touchdowns on the ground. He’s made a few rookie mistakes but overall, he’s playing like a veteran, giving hope to D.C. fans, and striking fear into fans of division foes. Believe me, I know this.
Comeback Player of the Year: Can this one get any more obvious? Not only did Peyton Manning miss the entire 2011 season but he comes back with a new team in Denver. In Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he looked like he didn’t miss a beat. His work ethic is unlike any other and when push comes to shove, he’ll make the Broncos a true contender. Oh, and in case you’re wondering about numbers, how does 2113 passing yards and 17 touchdowns sound? He’s only thrown four interceptions as well.
Biggest Surprise: Miami Dolphins. Nobody gave this team any hope. A 4-3 record and second place in the AFC East is not where most people would’ve had this team, especially since they’re led by a rookie head coach in Joe Philbin and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Biggest Disappointment: Tony Romo. After having his best statistical year in 2011, he raised the bar high and hasn’t gotten anywhere close to that. Sure, not all the interceptions are his fault, but you can’t make excuses for all 13 of them, especially when he’s only thrown for nine touchdowns.
Coach of the Year: Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons. His story is a great one. He got the job after Bobby Petrino decided to be a hypocrite and leave the Falcons midseason. Smith kept the job and has done a tremendous job ever since and helped lead the Falcons to a perfect record midway through the season.