As we approach Week 12 in the NFL season, we begin the home stretch. Instead of predicting games, awards and potential playoff winners with speculation, we have tangible evidence over the course of 11 weeks.
There are nine major awards in the NFL, including the MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and even Executive of the Year.
This article predicts the winners of all nine NFL Awards if the season ended today.
This unit was 30th last year in terms of total yards given up and looked truly atrocious.
2011 has been a different story, as Houston has given up the least total yards to opposing teams.
Remember when Houston had the worst passing defense in the league?
This year, they have given up the second-least yards through the air. Phillips may have given himself a second chance as a head coach.
When it comes to the Bengals, most of the credit is given to Andy Dalton and AJ Green, two rookies who are playing extremely well.
People forget that the man who drafted them has been superb in the front office.
Mike Brown not only had a great draft, but he also signed Manny Lawson and Nate Clements to manageable contracts.
Brown has succeeded the most in trades—he has traded Chad Ochocinco for two draft picks. Brown sealed the award when he traded incumbent QB Carson Palmer for two potential first-round picks in October.
There have been so many coaches this year—like Jim Schwartz, Marvin Lewis and Chan Gailey—who have revitalized teams that struggled last year.
But Jim Harbaugh has done the best job out of those four.
The San Francisco 49ers are 9-1 with basically the same team as last year, one which went 6-10.
Harbaugh has made Alex Smith a reliable passer who does not turn the ball over.
Looking at the rest of their schedule, the 49ers have a great chance to get at least a first-round bye, as they have four more games within their putrid division.
Coming out of the 2011 draft, Von Miller was considered the runaway preseason Defensive Rookie of the Year, because the Broncos were going to implement him right away in big situations.
Miller has spearheaded one of the top pass-rushes this year, getting 9.5 sacks early on.
Miller has also been one of the unsung leaders of the 17th-ranked Denver defense, a huge improvement from being the worst in 2010.
Cam Newton has surprised basically everyone this year, showing his stellar abilities as a pocket passer.
Newton has 21 total touchdowns on the year, with 12 passing and nine on the ground, and has already thrown for 2,885 yards.
Although his team has struggled at closing out games and Newton has thrown 14 interceptions, the sky is the limit for Newton and the Panthers, as he continues to improve and become one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Who would have thought that Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers would be 9-1 heading into Week 11?
Smith is sporting a 93.9 passer rating along with a 13-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
After being shunned into the "Bust" category, Smith has come on strong and could lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
Darrelle Revis has Pro-Bowl numbers this year, considering that quarterbacks choose to throw away from him.
He has four interceptions along with one pick-six while leading this Jets defense, which still does not have a stable pass-rush.
In truth, the Jets are 5-5 instead of 3-7 because of Revis.
Aaron Rodgers has been exceptional all year offensively and has possibly taken the spot of best quarterback in the league from Tom Brady.
Rodgers has a league-leading 128.8 passer rating, 31 touchdowns, 9.63 yards per attempt and a superb 72.3 completion percentage.
Not only are his numbers elite, but Rodgers has led the Packers to a 10-0 record, cementing Green Bay as the best team in the league.
Rodgers may not have the most passing yards, but he does not force any passes and has thrown only four interceptions.
Rodgers is the clear choice here, winning the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and MVP double.
Rodgers is the "Most Valuable" player in the league, with the exception of Peyton Manning, as the Packers would struggle to remain 10-0 without him at QB.
At this point in the season, this is Aaron Rodgers' award to lose—he would lose it only if Green Bay collapses to an 0-6 or 1-5 record to close out the season.