NFL Postseason Awards Predictions

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Written by Ryan Forbes

Coach of the Year: Sean McVay (Head Coach) Los Angeles Rams: McVay deserves this award after turning around the league’s youngest team from a 4-12 disaster to a 11-5 third seed playoff team, also turning around the offense from the lowest points per game to the most. He turned Goff into a reliable starter and kick started running back Todd Gurley to have his best season yet.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Alvin Kamara (Running Back) New Orleans Saints: Kamara will most likely beat out fellow rookie Kareem Hunt for this award. Kamara shined in New Orleans this year after starting the year as a third-string running back behind Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram, and even when he got his time, he split the backfield with Ingram. Kamara put up 1,554 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns. He also led the league with yards per carry with 6.1 yards. Although he is 200 yards behind Kareem Hunt in yards, he did all of this on 125 less touches. This should earn him the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marshon Lattimore (Cornerback) New Orleans Saints: The Saints have the chance to do something historical in winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year, which hasn’t been done since 1967 Detroit Lions. Lattimore proved himself to be an elite corner who the Saints relied heavily upon this year. He should edge out fellow corner Tre’Davious White. Despite missing four games to injury, Lattimore had five interceptions and a touchdown on the year. He showed his ability to lock up elite receivers like Julio Jones, Mike Evans, and Jordy Nelson. He was a Pro Bowl player this year and should win this award.

Offensive Player of the Year: Todd Gurley (Running Back) Los Angeles Rams:  Nobody had a better finish to the year than Todd Gurley, finishing the year with 13 rushing touchdowns and placing second in rushing yards. Gurley put the Rams on his back to carry them into the third seed of the playoffs and was the major role player in the revival of the Rams this year. Despite Gurley winning this award, he isn’t a frontrunner for the MVP award.

Defensive Player of the Year: Calais Campbell (Defensive Lineman) Jacksonville Jaguars: Campbell was a monster this year on the Jacksonville frontlines, finishing the year with 14.5 sacks and 67 tackles. He should edge out Chandler Jones for the award due to the record of the Cardinals this year and has played a major role in awards for years. The other candidate is Cameron Jordan who arguably had just as good of a year, however, the Saints defense was good this year but not great like the Jaguars. This could easily be the difference maker in this award.

Most Valuable Player: Tom Brady (Quarterback) New England Patriots: Brady will most likely claim his third MVP award edging out running back Todd Gurley. Brady led the league in passing and led the Patriots to the Super Bowl for the second straight year. At age 40, Brady continues his legacy and ready to claim his third MVP and sixth Super Bowl.