Season 39 Mid-Season Award watch
Cam Newton: Cam is off to another blistering start in Season 39 with his team undefeated and leading the NFC with a 137.8 passing rating. Undefeated through 7 weeks, Newton has only thrown 3 interceptions and is on pace to have his best season in his career for a remarkable 6 seasons in a row. At the age of 35 he just keeps getting better and better in Detroit.
Patrick Mahomes: Coming off a season with multiple injuries a healthy Mahomes once again looks to be the biggest threat in the AFC. Through week 7 he has matched his touchdown output of season 38 with 18 in only 118 attempts. The only thing holding back Mahomes potentially for MVP is he has failed to throw the ball 15 times in a game in 4 of the 6 games because of big leads. With a passing rating of 147.6 could we see him get hot and put together a perfect passing rating season?
Nyheim Hines: This man has had an incredible cycle but the numbers he has put up this season are inconceivable. For 5 games in a row he has ran for over 100 yards and done that with 10 carries or less in 4 of those games. Through 7 games he has 844 rushing yards and 11 TD’s leading the league in both categories. What he is averaging per carry is what has put him in elite company as he is averaging 11.6 yards a carry!
Saquon Barkley: He continues to be a touchdown machine as he already has hit double digits for the 6th season in a row. Coming off a historic year last season he has been contained early, but at this time last year was when he really started getting hot. With 618 yards and 10 touchdowns in season 39 look for him to make a push to get into the MVP considerations with a big game vs the undefeated Lions tonight.
Bucky Hodges: With a name of a Nascar driver this tight end is fast and uses that abilities for a high-flying offense in New Orleans well. From the tight end position, he is leading the league in receiving yards with 706 yards and 5 TD’s. The Saints have found a gem in Hodges who was never considered a threat when he was in Detroit. Spoon on the outside looking in for OPOY has thrown for a league high 2386 yards already this season as the success of Bucky has opened up his fellow receivers as well.
Tyreek Hill: Hill continues to be the energizer bunny for this team in Kansas City who creates mismatches no matter who lines up in front of him. A historic run early in the season with 3 touchdowns in 3 games in a row puts him in elite company and might allow him to make a push for some league records that Chark put up a few seasons ago.
Marcus Davenport: With sacks in 22 of his last 24 games he constantly puts pressure on opposing quarterbacks. After a slow start to the season with no multiple sack efforts, he puts together a record-breaking game against Oakland in week 8 with 8 sacks and a force fumble. Fellow defensive end Maurice Ali had a similar performance week 1 with 7 sacks in Minnesota and has fallen off since. Will Davenport hit a wall, or will he push for back to back DPOY awards?
Raekwon McMillian: The development of Raekwon has taken another step as he is tied for the league lead in interceptions with 6. The staff in Miami must be thrilled as he is building off a career year from last year in which he had only 4 interceptions. On the season the Dolphins have only given up 3 touchdowns, while McMillan has 2 on defense himself. This team is talented all over, but Raekwon is playing the best of the bunch.
Jordan Cook: One of the fastest safeties in the league has been tasked with playing more coverage in season 39 and he has already matched a career high 6 interceptions. He has big interceptions already on the year vs the Giants, Broncos, and Colts and seems to play his best against some of the top teams in the league.
Rookie of the Year:
Markus Goodwin: The third overall pick in the Season 39 draft has not disappointed with the Eagles. With blazing speed at the combine he vaulted up draft boards and has settled nicely in Philadelphia. With 660 yards through 7 games, he is on pace for a 1,500 yard and double-digit touchdown campaign.
Nick Hicks: The Superstar running back out of UCLA has been the best of the running back class and has helped create a balance for the Jaguars they haven’t had in a long time. Jacksonville has been able to use him in the passing game as well with 8 total touchdowns through 6 games. As the competition picks up can the Jaguars continue to win with their balanced attack will be the story line.
Roy Sawyer: The Redskins find a steal in Sawyer who was a 4th round selection and leads all rookies with 6 interceptions. Sawyer put the league on notice when he racked up 4 sacks in a tough loss in Baltimore that saw Roy harassing Lamar Jackson all game. Schlegel who was their rookie with the most hype coming into the season has taken a back seat by the performance of this high energy defensive end.
Malik Hali: After a hot start to the season he has failed to find the end zone on the ground since week 3. With over 350 rushing yards and 7 tds out of the gate he initial was a threat for a potential OPOY award but the production has stalled. Regardless, he is less than 100 yards from a career high and continues to be a focal point of the offense in Seattle as he had 20 carries vs the Jets in week 7.
Maurice Ali: Coming off the worst season in his career has regained confidence and is sitting at 13 sacks already this season. Ali has 9 sacks in 3 home games and thrives off the noise the Vikings faithful bring each Sunday. Ali has recently got more attention from opposing offenses and has led to Danielle Hunter pick up his production from the other side.
Jimmy Garopollo: With a disastrous resume he has quietly put together his best season in Tennessee. Difficulties in both San Francisco and Tampa Bay had many questioning if he had the tools to be a starting MBL quarterback. With a positive touchdown to interception ratio for the first time in his career things are starting to look up. Week 8 he had a career game with 450 yards in a win against Minnesota.