NFL Honors 2018: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Awards Odds and Predictions

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06:  Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams runs the ball down field during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Los Angeles Coliseum on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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The Lombardi Trophy isn't the only hardware being handed out in Minneapolis this weekend.

The NFL Honors show will take place on the eve of Super Bowl LII at the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Among the awards given out on Saturday will be Most Valuable Player, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year.

While some award racessuch as the MVP—carry little drama this season, there are a few major honors that could go to a number of deserving players.

             

Date: Saturday, February 3

TV Time: 9 p.m. ET (The ceremony will take place from 6-8 p.m. ET before being televised.)

TV: NBC

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

             

MVP

Odds: Tom Brady (-300, bet $300 to win $100); Todd Gurley (+200)

There's a good chance Tom Brady's name is already being engraved on the MVP trophy.

The 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback eclipsed 4,000 passing yards for the sixth time in the last seven seasons as he led the NFL with 4,577 yards. 

Brady also ranked in the top five in completion percentage, passing touchdowns and quarterback rating, and he only threw eight interceptions.

The five-time Super Bowl champion was nothing short of spectacular for the Patriots, and to top it all off he led them to the eighth Super Bowl appearance of his career.

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An argument can be made for Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, who was second in rushing yards with 1,305 and earned 788 receiving yards, but the third-year star out of Georgia didn't play in Week 17 and was eliminated in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

If Gurley had been able to do a little more in January, he might have posed more of a challenge to the two-time MVP, but it looks like the coveted award will go to a quarterback for the fifth straight season.

Prediction: Tom Brady

         

Offensive Player of the Year

Gurley won't be shut out of hardware on Saturday, though, as he should win Offensive Player of the Year.

The 23-year-old was a dominant force in both facets of the Rams offense, and he displayed just how dangerous he can be in Week 16 by recording 158 receiving yards and 118 rushing yards in a 27-23 win over the Tennessee Titans.

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Gurley would be the first running back to take home Offensive Player of the Year since DeMarco Murray after the 2014 season and the first Rams player to win the award since Marshall Faulk took it home three years in a row from 1999-2001.

The Rams running back isn't the only worthy candidate for the award as Brady and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown would also be worthy winners. However, Gurley, who is likely to finish second on the MVP ballot, should be rewarded for his magnificent season with at least one piece of hardware.

Prediction: Todd Gurley

          

Defensive Player of the Year

There's a good chance a defensive end will win Defensive Player of the Year for the fourth season in a row joining J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans and Oakland's Khalil Mack as recent honorees.

Jacksonville's Calais Campbell is one of the favorites for the award after he recorded 14.5 sacks for the league's best defense.

The argument favoring the 31-year-old defensive end revolves around him being the best player on the best defense in the league and his role in helping the Jaguars reach the AFC Championship Game.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 07: Defensive end Calais Campbell #93 of the Jacksonville Jaguars takes the field before the start of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at EverBank Field on January 7, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Phot
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However, the voting could be more open than MVP and Offensive Player of the Year due to the sheer number of deserving candidates.

Arizona linebacker Chandler Jones led the league in sacks with 17 despite playing for an 8-8 team that failed to make an impact on the national stage.

Dallas defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, who had 14.5 sacks and four forced fumbles is one of the other candidates along with New Orleans defensive end Cameron Jordan, who had 62 tackles, 13 sacks, 11 passes defended and two forced fumbles in the regular season.

Fourth-year defensive tackle Aaron Donald of the Rams, who recorded 11 sacks and five forced fumbles, is also a name worthy of being in the discussion.

Minnesota's Harrison Smith, Jacksonville's Jalen Ramsey and Marshon Lattimore of the New Orleans Saints could also show up on the ballot, but expect a defensive lineman to take home the honor.

Prediction: Calais Campbell

              

Offensive Rookie of the Year

It's likely another running back will join Eddie Lacy and Gurley as the third winner of Offensive Rookie of the Year from that position since 2010.

Chiefs phenom Kareem Hunt, Saints dual-threat star Alvin Kamara and Jacksonville's Leonard Fournette will be at the top of the ballot alongside Pittsburgh wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

In any other year, Hunt would have the award already in his trophy case after leading the league in rushing, but the multi-dimensional Kamara should beat him out for the honor.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints returns a kick against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half of the NFC Divisional Playoff game on January 14, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Ha
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The former Tennessee Volunteer picked up 826 receiving yards on 81 receptions and 728 rushing yards on 120 carries in his rookie season with the Saints.

Kamara's accomplishments are even more impressive when you consider he split time in the backfield with Mark Ingram.

Hunt had a fantastic year by any standard, and so did Fournette, who was the workhorse for the Jaguars on their run to the AFC Championship Game, but Kamara's numbers are too good to pass up.

Prediction: Alvin Kamara

            

Defensive Rookie of the Year

The Saints could leave Saturday's ceremony with the Rookie of the Year on both sides of the ball.

Lattimore was not only one of the best rookies in the NFL in 2017, he was one of the best defenders in the entire league.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07:  Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints reacts during the first half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Phot
Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The 11th overall selection in the 2017 NFL draft defended 18 passes and recorded five interceptions as he helped the Saints win the NFC South and advance to the divisional round of the playoffs.

Unlike some of the other awards his teammates are in contention for, Lattimore shouldn't have to sweat too much on Saturday as he waits to hear his name announced.

Prediction: Marshon Lattimore

              

Coach of the Year

Both Super Bowl coaches wouldn't be terrible choices for Coach of the Year, but the winner should come from a team that was eliminated on wild-card weekend.

Rams first-year head coach Sean McVay took the play of quarterback Jared Goff to the next level and his offensive scheme elevated Gurley to a superstar.

McVay, 32, took the Rams from 4-12 to 11-5 and led them to their first division title since 2003, when Mike Martz was still running the show for the franchise in St. Louis.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06:  Head Coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams looks on from the sidelines during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at the Los Angeles Coliseum on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Image
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The former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator took the Rams from worst to first in scoring offense, and in the process he earned the praise of everyone around the league.

In addition to Doug Pederson of the Eagles and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Minnesota's Mike Zimmer and Jacksonville's Doug Marrone deserve space on the ballot, but none of them achieved a turnaround quite like McVay did in his first season in Los Angeles.

Prediction: Sean McVay

            

Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90.

Statistics obtained from ESPN.com and Pro Football Reference.

Odds obtained from OddsShark.com.

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