Awards For First Quarter of the NFL Season

Zach GreubelCorrespondent IIOctober 5, 2010

Awards For First Quarter of the NFL Season

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws while taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 3, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Sure, they've only played four games, but it's fun to take a look at who has thrived so far and who are potential candidates for awards at the end of the season. Feel free to voice your opinion. Enjoy.

Most Disappointing Team of the First Quarter: 49ers

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers talks with quarterback Alex Smith #11 during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs won
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    The 49ers were supposed to be contenders, and even favorites for the NFC West division. One could argue that they still are with the weak competition within the division.

    However, San Francisco hasn't won a game yet and it's Week 5. Mike Singletary's job is supposedly safe but that doesn't mean he should rest on his laurels. T

    The 49ers need to get their offense going and the defense needs to buckle down. Frank Gore and Patrick Willis are doing their jobs, but the team as a whole needs to get their act together.

    Runners up- Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts

Most Surprising Team of the First Quarter: Chiefs

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 26: Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley talks with offensive assistant Nick Sirianni during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10
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    They're 3-0 through thus far. I didn't see it coming. The defense has been a pleasant surprise. The offense hasn't been exactly potent but they have been efficient.

    Jamaal Charles is off to a nice start and Matt Cassel has limited his mistakes thus far. I'm not saying the success will continue through the rest of the season, but they've been the most surprising team through the first four weeks of the season.

    Runners up- Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys (negatively surprising)

Best Coach of the First Quarter: Todd Haley

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 02:  Head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs applaudes players from the sidelines during the game against the Green Bay Packers on September 2, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire
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    The Chiefs are 3-0 and leading the AFC West. The Chiefs have allowed the least amount of points in the AFC so far this season. Of course, they had a bye in Week 4, but that shouldn't take away from the stellar job Haley has done with the defense so far.

    The offense hasn't been jaw dropping but they get the job done. It's been a great, overall team effort for the Chiefs 2010.

    Runners up- Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rex Ryan, New York Jets

Most Disappointing Player of the First Quarter: Michael Crabtree

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12:  Wide receiver Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes during the NFL season opener against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on September 12, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    One of the reasons the 49ers are the most disappointing team of the first quarter of the season is Crabtree. He has too much talent to be playing the way he is. Frank Gore has almost three times as many receptions as Crabtree.

    On top of that, the Texas Tech product doesn't even have a touchdown yet and isn't exactly striking fear into the hearts of opponents so far. Crabtree needs to find a way to get open and help out the offense or his lack of targets will continue.

    Runners up- Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota Vikings, Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Breakout Player of the First Quarter: Austin Collie

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26:  Wide receiver Austin Collie #17 of the Indianapolis Colts makes a reception and picks up a first down as as Ryan Diem #71 of the Colts blocks Nate Jones #33 of the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26, 2010
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    Who would have thought the No.1 receiver for the Colts through the first four weeks of the season would be Austin Collie?. Reggie Wayne is still putting up Reggie Wayne-like numbers, but Collie has taken the NFL by storm this season and is becoming a frequent target of Peyton Manning.

    His production is bound to decrease somewhat with the imminent return of Pierre Garcon and possible return of Anthony Gonzalez later this season, but Collie will not go away. Defenses will be making him a part of their game plan every week. 

    Runners up: Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans, Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland Browns, Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver Broncos

Defensive Rookie of the First Quarter: Nate Allen

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 27: Dexter McCluster #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs is stopped by Nate Allen #29 and Ernie Sims #50 of the Philadelphia Eagles during a preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 27, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by G.
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    Allen is beginning to look like a Brian Dawkins reincarnated. He already has three interceptions, which leads all rookies, and has been a constant force in the Eagles secondary. Allen even has a sack and four passes defensed. It looks like the Eagles have found a fitting replacement for Dawkins.

    Runners up- TJ Ward, SS, Cleveland Browns, Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions

Offensive Rookie of the First Quarter: Jahvid Best

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    DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions scores on a 75 yard pass from Shaun Hill #14 during the second quarter of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field on September 19, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Hali
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    Calvin Johnson finally has someone who can take pressure off him. The Lions offense now has two dynamic weapons they can build on for years to come. Best is excelling in his rookie campaign and isn't showing signs of slowing down even with a toe injury.

    Expect great things from Best this season and beyond.

    Runners up- Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams, CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills

Defensive Player of the First Quarter: Clay Matthews

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    GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers encourages the crowd during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bills 34-7.  (Photo by Jonathan
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    He leads the NFL with seven sacks already. He's a tenacious pass rusher and is always in the area of the ball carrier. He is a relentless, hard working, undervalued leader who has exceeded expectations through the first four weeks.

    Runners up- James Anderson, LB, Carolina Panthers, Shaun Phillips, LB San Diego Chargers

Offensive Player of the First Quarter: Arian Foster

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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 21:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on August 21, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Foster leads the NFL in rushing yards and is tied for the lead in rushing touchdowns. Heck, Foster sat out the first quarter against Oakland in Week 4 and still managed 180+ total yards and two touchdowns.

    Foster has taken some of the load off Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. The result: A 3-1 start for the Houston Texans, who lead the AFC South through the first four weeks.

    Runners up- Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts, Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers, Austin Collie, WR, Indianapolis Colts, Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

Most Valuable Player of The First Quarter: Peyton Manning

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts drops back to pass against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Colts defeated the Broncos 27-13.  (Photo by Doug P
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    Yes, the Colts are 2-2, but Manning is definitely doing his part as usual. The four-time MVP leads the league in passer rating, is second in passing yards, first in touchdowns with 11, and only one interception which bounced off Dallas Clark against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

    Manning is off to one of the best starts of his career. When that's the case you know he's well on his way to his fifth MVP.

    Runners up- Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans, Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers, Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets