Offensive Rookie of the Year
Mike’s Pick: Geno Smith
Offensive rookie of the year has to go to Geno Smith so far this year. It’s early, and he’s definitely had some hiccups overall. But, in general, he’s been far better a QB than anyone else the Jets have plugged in to that position in the past 3 or 4 years. On top of that, he has a knack for the 4th quarter comeback that you usually only see in the far more experienced quarterbacks in the league.
John’s Pick: Giovani Bernard
Bernard has played up and down this season; however he is the only offensive rookie that has stood out so far this season. With his dual threat ability running and catching the ball he has amassed 496 total yards and four touchdowns, while fitting well as a two punch combo with BenJarvous Green –Ellis. However, Bernard does needs to start producing better as Eddie Lacy is starting to catch up after been injured at the beginning of the season.
Chris’ Pick: Eddie Lacy
When Eddie Lacy was drafted as the 61st pick of the 2013 NFL by the Green Bay Packers I called him a complete steal and I believe I was right considering his level of play through the first half of this NFL season. Lacy has played in six of seven Packer games and has racked up 446 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Lacy already looks like a seasoned Running Back and he’s on pace to rush for over 1,000 yards, which is rare among rookie backs. Stats aside, Lacy has really stepped up and given the Packers the running game they were missing.
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Mike’s Pick: Kiko Alonso
Kiko Alonso in Buffalo has been absolutely ridiculous. He was leading the league in tackles for most of the season, though he has since dropped to 3rd place. His presence on that defense has made a huge difference on that Buffalo defense, and he himself has instantly become a fan favorite.
John’s Pick: Kiko Alonso
Who would have thought second round pick Kiko Alonso would be sitting tied for first in interceptions (four) and second in tackles (81) at the halfway mark of the season. Alonso has proved he belongs on this improving Bills defense, and if you don’t believe me go back and watch the play where he stopped Willis McGhee on a goal line stand against the Browns. Alonso is the real deal and if he keeps his off field troubles he had in college away he is in store for a great career.
Chris’ Pick: Kiko Alonso
There have been a few defensive rookies that been playing at a high level, but none come close to Kiko Alonso. As a rookie, Alonso has been one of the brightest stars on a struggling Buffalo Bills’ team. He is tied for the NFL lead in interceptions with four and is second in tackles with 81. Alonso was my second choice for Defensive Player of the Year, let alone Defensive Rookie. If Alonso keeps playing to this level, he very well could win the actual NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
Mike’s Pick: Peyton Manning
Once again, not sure what else to say about him. While his team is no longer undefeated, he has single-handedly rewritten the record books, and put his team in a great place leading in to the second half of the season.
John’s Pick: Peyton Manning
To think that Manning’s career was in doubt just two seasons ago it’s simply amazing the way he is playing and let’s not forget the man is 37 years old. If he keeps this pace (3.6 touchdowns per game) going he’s got a legit shot at reclaiming his record for most touchdowns in a season (50). Plain in simple the man seems to be on a mission to get one more Super Bowl ring before he hangs up the cleats.
Chris’ Pick: Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning is doing things I’ve never seen be done by a Quarterback half-way through this season. Although he hasn’t looked his best these past two weeks against the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins (which is probably due to injury) he has still passed for 2,919 yards and 29 touchdowns, which puts him on pace to break both of those NFL single-season records handily. Also, let’s not forget to take into account that it’s only been two years since he had a very serious neck surgery which makes his play this year even more amazing. Manning has led this Bronco team to a 7-1 record and you can definitely say that this team wouldn’t be as good as they are without him.
Well there you have it. Some of the Sports Unbiased writers have weighed in and it appears some answers are bit easier than others. Kiko Alonso is the unanimous choice for Defensive Rookie of the Year while Peyton Manning is the unanimous choice for MVP. Offensive Player of the Year (Peyton Manning) and Defensive Player of the Year (Robert Mathis) have majority decisions. However, Offensive Rookie of the Year could not provide a consensus. Do you agree or disagree with who the writers picked? Do you have someone else in mind altogether? Leave a comment and weigh in here at Sports Unbiased for the 2013 NFL Mid-Season Awards.