With only two games remaining in the 2012 NFL regular season, the favorites for every major award at the end of the year are becoming easier to identify.
There are still a couple major awards that look like they will require us to wait until all 17 weeks have been played out before we can make final predictions, but we can continue to narrow down the potential candidates into a select few for the majority of the awards.
For all of the readers of this weekly column that have been inquiring in the comments section, yes, we will be coming out with our own predictions for who will win each award and why. Those picks will be part of the presentation two weeks from now, right after Week 17 concludes.
Meanwhile, Week 15 was an entertaining and important week in helping to determine the major individual awards, but also for the playoff picture to get a little more clear as well. During a show last week on Pro Football Talk, they revealed that the Week 15 lineup was only the fourth time in NFL history that featured five games this late in the season where both teams were at least three games over .500.
With so much at stake, it was a shock to see both the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers get shut out in games that they had to win. To see the Kansas City Chiefs get shut out, not so much. But that is part of the beauty of the NFL—it doesn't always make sense, which is what helps to keep you glued to the games every week.
In the interim, feel free to make a comment to state your case for who you think should win each of the awards. This weekly column has seen some spirited debates already, and Week 15 performances should only add more fuel to the fire.