Magic 8-Ball: Predicting Who's Going Home with Gold This Season

Hamza AhsanCorrespondent INovember 20, 2010

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates with teammate Mike Tolbert #35 in the game against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 33-25.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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With 10 weeks of the NFL season complete, we could tell that this season has been one of the most unpredictable in a long time. When you have as many surprising results as there has been this season, it is no wonder why we have no clear playoff teams at this point.

Teams like the Bengals, Cowboys and Vikings aren’t even close to playoff contention in their division, while the Raiders, Chiefs and the Bears are in their division's lead.

Without a lockout being a possibility for next season, I will try my best to predict the last midseason awards prediction in a while. Here are the NFL midseason awards so far this season:


Most Surprising Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Coming into this year, I can tell you that many people would be surprised if I predicted the Buccaneers to overtake the Saints for a playoff spot in the NFC.  Well, at this moment in the season the Bucs are looking like one of the teams to beat in the NFC.

After going 3-13 last year, not many people would expect them to improve as much as they have. With the young roster they are playing, I could tell you that on paper they are not a scary team, but in action they look pretty good. With surprises like Josh Freeman, LaGarrette Blount and Aqib Talib playing very well lately, the Bucs are looking like a playoff contender.


Most Disappointing Team: Cincinnati Bengals

The Cowboys, Vikings and 49ers are teams that I could easily include on the list of the most disappointing team, but of all the teams in the NFL, there is no doubt in my mind the Bengals are the team no one expected to be this bad.

Although they have beat teams like the Ravens and Panthers, the Bengals (2-7) haven’t been able to close out games coming to the wire. With a stacked offense that many expected to be the best, they have put up not so good numbers.

With only 20 points per game they are averaging, and with only 90 rushing yards per game, their outstanding offense from last year has been just disappointing.


Defensive Rookie of the Year: Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh has been one of the few rookies to live up to the hype he was given this season. Suh has been nearly flawless during the first half of the season. He already is leading all rookies and defensive tackles with seven sacks so far and is ranked third in tackles overall.

With seven games left this season, Suh is on pace to cut close to Jevon Kearse’s record for sacks in a season with 14.5. Also, Suh has had an interception which is very rare for pure nose tackles like him to have.


Offensive Rookie of the Year: Sam Bradford

The St. Louis Rams are off to a pretty good start with a 4-5 record, especially with the fact that they have only won six games from 2007 to 2009. The reason for all their success is due to the fact that their QB is doing phenomenally.

The Rams QB, Sam Bradford, has had a very good year so far for a rookie. He has been playing very well, due to the fact that he has been playing without his two starting wide receivers.

Bradford is leading all QB’s in the NFC West with nearly 2000 yards and with 12 touchdowns on the season. If Bradford can play this well for the rest of the year, he may be able to lead his Rams to the playoffs in the messed up NFC West.


Comeback Player of the Year: Mike Vick

Ladies and gentlemen: Mike Vick is back and is playing better than ever. After barely playing last year, Vick is back this year with a vengeance. In the games he has started in, Vick has been nearly perfect, has lead the Eagles to a perfect record while he has been starting.

The most surprising stat is that Vick hasn’t thrown one interception all season long. From a third-string QB a year ago to a Pro Bowl-caliber QB, Vick has transformed and has exceeded expectations that most never thought he would.


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