2011 NFL Awards Predicitions

Nathan PalcowskiContributor IIIJanuary 3, 2012

2011 NFL Awards Predicitions

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    MVP: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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      Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say gonna beat those Saints?

      Nobody has been hotter over the past couple of weeks then Drew Brees. Not only does Brees win this award based on the ending weeks of the season, but his body of work throughout the season is eye-popping.

      Brees has thrown for 5,476 yards, which is an NFL single-season record and to add 46 touchdowns is simply incredible. With those statistics he led the Saints to a 13-3 record and one of the top contenders to win the NFC.

      RUNNER UP: Tom Brady, New England Patriots

    Offensive Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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      Only reason that Rodgers did not win MVP in my books is because of at what Matt Flynn did against a pretty good Detroit Lions defense.

      It seems as though any quarterback can go in to that offense and be successful. But I'm not knocking on Aaron Rodgers, I still give him credit for leading the defending super bowl champions to a staggering 15-1 record.

      Rodgers threw for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns. Offensively, he and his Packers were the scariest in the league.

      RUNNER UP: Eli Manning, New York Giants

    Defensive Player of the Year: Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants

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      Though this may just be out of momentum from the past couple of weeks, Pierre-Paul is an athlete and is worthy of defensive player of the year.

      Pierre-Paul, in only his second year in the league, racked up 86 tackles, caused 2 fumbles and added on 16.5 sacks.

      Along with his stats, Paul became an opposing teams worst nightmare in the final weeks of the season when the Giants needed him the most.

      RUNNER UP: Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings

    Offensive Rookie of the Year: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

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      Though Cam Newton gets all the media attention, Dalton has been quietly flying under the radar as an elite quarterback of the future.

      Though Dalton does not have the flash and charisma like Newton, he did however, lead the Cincinnati Bengals to the playoffs.

      Dalton has thrown for 3,398 yards and 20 touchdowns in a division in which it features the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens.

      RUNNER-UP: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

    Defensive Rookie of the Year: Von Miller, Denver Broncos

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      In-between the whole Tebow Mania that is the Denver Broncos, a star has emerged on defense.

      Rookie Von Miller has helped the Broncos win the AFC West and gave fans something else to talk about instead of Tebow.

      Miller has racked up 69 tackles and forced two fumbles, while playing with a cast on his arm due to surgery on his thumb.

      RUNNER UP: Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals

    NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers

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      The resurrection of the 49ers can be attributed to a lot of things. But nobody has benefited more than former number one pick Alex Smith.

      To many he was seen as a bust,  but Smith showed everybody this year that he was worth the number one pick a few years ago.

      In 2010, Smith threw for 2,370 yards and 14 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. In 2011, Smith threw for 3,150 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions.

      Smith also led the 49ers to the second best record in the NFC, which nobody saw coming.

      RUNNER-UP: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills

    NFL Coach of the Year: John Fox, Denver Broncos

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      John Fox has had to deal with the media like no other coach in the NFL has. Fox early in the season had to answer questions about a 1-4 Broncos team that had questions at quarterback with Kyle Orton.

      After the switch to Tim Tebow, the media just kept right at Fox. Through all of the media criticism that Coach Fox took, he coached a 1-4 team to an 8-8 record and an AFC West championship.

      RUNNER-UP: Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers