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Upon Further Review: Mid-Season Awards

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After Week 8, CHARGED brings you our NFL mid-season awards.

Upon Further Review: Mid-Season Awards

Each week, CHARGED will bring you our observations from around the NFL. Normally, we'd be telling you about different trends and what we found interesting. But with eight weeks in the books, we're doing a special "Midseason Awards Edition".

It's been an exciting first half that has had plenty of surprises, disappointments, rookie (and sophomore!) sensations.

Don't forget to let us know in the comments section whether you agree or disagree with our picks!

Most Valuable Player- Aaron Rodgers

How about a QB rating of 125? The guy just makes it look so easy. Packers are 7-0. 20 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, third in passing yards. And he perfected the Discount Double Check? Case closed.

Offensive Player- Adrian Peterson

On a bad team with an even worse quarterback, Peterson leads the league in rushing, has 923 total yards and 10 total touchdowns. All with an aging Donovan McNabb and now having to deal with a wet behind the ears rookie in Ponder. 

Defensive Player- Darrelle Revis

Revis is playing the best of his career. Point blank. And that's saying something. He has four interceptions on the year, which is incredible considering how infrequently the ball is thrown his way. As is the case with shutdown corners, the statistics don't do him justice. He's the best defensive player in football. Does he deserve bonus points for hanging up on Mike Francesa?

Best Coach- Jim Harbaugh

In Harbaugh's first year, the 49ers have won as many games as they did all of last year. In fact, San Francisco hasn't finished a season over .500 since 2002. And he doesn't care if you don't like him.

Washington Post:

Jim Harbaugh has become creative with his play-calling, spending the past two months learning who might be able to deliver in given situations even if it’s an unconventional choice — such as the former tight end, Staley, and ex-rugby player, Sopoaga.

They’re all having fun during this surprising five-game winning streak, the team’s first since 2001 — well before most of the core Niners players were even in the league. San Francisco, which travels to Washington to face the Redskins this week, is 6-1 for the first time since 1998. That includes three come-from-behind road wins.

Offensive Rookie- Cam Newton

Newton is second in passing yards and third in rushing touchdowns. The only negative, of course, is that the Panthers are 2-6. But he seems to be a one man team and has rejuvenated Steve Smith's career. Simply put, wins or not, this kid is the truth. He's what Vince Young was supposed to be.

Defensive Rookie- Von Miller

The second overall pick in the draft, Miller is one of the lone bright spots on the Broncos. He's tied for eighth in the league in sacks with 6.0, the same amount as Terrell Suggs, Chris Long, and Tamba Hali. Ryan Kerrigan has also been great for the Redskins and Patrick Peterson has struggled in coverage for Arizona, but has had two explosive kick return touchdowns.

Sophomore Sensation, Offense- Jimmy Graham

Everyone's favorite fantasy sleeper, Graham hasn't disappointed. The Saints tight end is fifth in the NFL with 713 receiving yards and has five touchdowns as well. He's quickly becoming Drew Brees' favorite target.

Sophomore Sensation, Defense- Jason Pierre-Paul

A guy who we we felt would be the X-factor for the Giants, JPP played well in his rookie season, putting together 4.5 sacks. But in his second year, Pierre-Paul is emerging as an elite defensive end. He's fifth in the league in sacks with 8.5, helping the Giants continue to dominate with their defensive line.

Tony Romo Award (QB With Most Talent Who Is Inexplicably Awful)- Philip Rivers

The award is named after Romo for a reason and really, he deserves to win it halfway through 2011. But Rivers has out-Romo'd Romo. Coming off a 4,710 yard, 33 touchdown, 13 interception season, Rivers has 7 touchdowns and 11 interceptions so far this year. He's playing so badly that there is widespread speculation that he's playing hurt. Rivers' fumble last night cost the Chargers the game and was simply the most Tony Romo-like play of the year.

Larry Johnson Award (Worst Performance After Holding Out)- Chris Johnson

Johnson put together two consecutive 1,700+ yard seasons with Kansas City before holding out for a new deal before the 2007 season. Johnson has only played in double digit games once since then and to this day has still never eclipsed 1,000 yards in any season. In Chris Johnson's first three seasons, he rushed for over 1,200 yards twice and over 2,000 yards once. He held out before this season and has been brutal since. He's averaging 2.8 yards per rush and has reached the endzone just once. Needless to say, he's been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism. Will he return to his elite level or will his career quickly fade away like Johnson's? 

Houston Texans Award (Failing To Deliver After Most Preseason Hype)- Philadelphia Eagles

Year after year, the Texans get a lot of publicity before the season starts. They are often equipped with big-name playmakers on offense, but fall short in the win department mainly due to their soft defense. Sound familiar? After making splashes in the offseason, most experts had Philadelphia as a lock to win the NFC East and the favorite to go to the Super Bowl. These things are still in play, but a 3-4 record after eight weeks is not what they signed up for. Dream Team! Fortunately for fans of the birds, there's 8 weeks to go.

Best Game- New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers, Week 1

It was the very first game of the season, but it was also the very best. On the second Thursday in September, the defending champion Packers hosted the Saints in a thrilling shootout. 

ESPN:

Rodgers came out on top in a memorable opening-night duel with Drew Brees, and the Packers made a goal-line stand on the final play of the game to beat the Saints 42-34 on Thursday night.

With the Saints on the 1-yard line, Clay Matthews and safety Morgan Burnett led a swarm of Packers defenders who stopped Saints rookie running back Mark Ingram short of the goal line.

The Saints have struggled at times, but this early matchup may have been a preview of the NFC Championship Game.

Check back each week for our NFL observations, and be sure to let CHARGED.fm get you the best seats to all NFL games.


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