Yes, folks, it’s that time of year. It’s the time of year where the NFL turns the page into playoff football and caps off a season of terrific regular season football. When the playoff bracket is unveiled after the results from Week 17, we will be able to make our playoff predictions. But for now, many of the staff at Pro Sports Fandom collaborated on this beautiful project. Welcome to the 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Awards! We all submitted ballots and are ready to unveil the award winners for this season. From the MVP to the Play of the Year, we’ve got you covered. Now let’s sit back and enjoy as we look back at what a great regular season of NFL football it was! Before we get underway, I’d like to issue a special thanks to each of the following writers who participated in voting. You should give them a follow on their respective Twitter accounts! Thanks! We hope you enjoy!
- Tristan Beckmann: @TBeckmann24
- Eric Jensen: @eric18utah
- Ian Cusick: @IanMCusick
- Chris Chastain: @ChrisC_01
- Brian Willis: @RealBrianWillis
- Obstructed Viewer: @obstructedview2
- Alex Levin: @TubaDeus
Now without further ado, let’s get into the awards!
The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is…
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley
Why: Barkley’s gap over the field may have slimmed considerably due to the recent play of Baker Mayfield, but he’s just been way too good for him to not win this award. Barkley has been the kind of generational talent that the Giants expected him to be when they picked him at number two in the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s nearing 1,200 rushing yards, has scored 10 rushing touchdowns, while making an impact in the passing game, catching 87 passes for 688 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.
Others Receiving Votes (in order): Browns QB Baker Mayfield, Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay, and Colts OG Quenton Nelson.
The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year is…
Indianapolis Colts OLB Darius Leonard
Why: How on earth did Darius Leonard fall to the second round in the 2018 NFL Draft? I find myself asking the same question frequently. Leonard has been a freak on the Colts defense, and is one of the big reasons for their success. The South Carolina State alum has played in 14 games, racking up 155 combined tackles, 8 QB hits, 12 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 interception. Those are ridiculous numbers and they’ve pushed him over Derwin James in the Defensive Rookie of the Year race.
Others Receiving Votes (in order): Chargers SS Derwin James, Cowboys OLB Leighton Vander Esch, and Broncos EDGE Bradley Chubb.
The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Game of the Year is…
Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football in Week 11.
Why: One of the greatest NFL games in recent memory, the Chiefs and Rams battle in Week 11 on Monday Night Football was an absolute showcase for the whole family. It was a shootout as we witnessed the future of the NFL collide in quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes II and Jared Goff. The two heavyweights slugged it out until the Rams used some fourth quarter turnovers by Mahomes to pull away victorious in a 54-51 thriller. This was an easy pick for the Game of the Year award.
Others Receiving Votes (in order): Bears @ Packers in Week 1, Rams @ Saints in Week 9, Chargers @ Chiefs in Week 15.
The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Play of the Year is…
The Miami Dolphins Miracle Last Second Touchdown versus the New England Patriots.
Why: Down by five with seven seconds to play, the Miami Dolphins had virtually zero chance to walk away victorious in a Week 13 battle with their division rival New England Patriots. Ryan Tannehill threw a 16 yard pass to Kenny Stills, who threw a lateral to DeVante Parker. Parker quickly tossed a lateral to running back Kenyan Drake, who broke a tackle before running back into the middle of the field. Drake used some quick cuts to beat out Rob Gronkowski and score the miraculous game-winning touchdown as time expired.
Others Receiving Votes (in order): Patrick Mahomes II left handed throw versus the Broncos, Derrick Henry’s 99 yard touchdown run against the Jaguars, and Baker Mayfield’s 2 point conversion catch against the Jets.
The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Most Valuable Player is…
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes II
Why: The internet constantly drools over this kid, and he undoubtedly deserves it, which is why he’s the favorite for NFL MVP. He’s taken the league by storm in his first season as a full time starter and is just as “Showtime” as his nickname describes him. He’s led the Chiefs to a 11-4 record and likely a first round bye if they beat the Raiders on Sunday. Mahomes has completed 66.4% of his passes for 4,816 passing yards and 48 passing scores compared to only 11 interceptions. He’s also added 271 yards on the ground with two scores. He’s a statistical superstar and will be a force to be reckoned with in the league for many years to come.
Others Receiving Votes (in order): Saints QB Drew Brees, Colts QB Andrew Luck, and Rams RB Todd Gurley II.
The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Offensive Player of the Year is…
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey
Why: How is it that our pick for NFL Offensive Player of the Tear did not get invited to the Pro Bowl? We often wonder. Christian McCaffrey has broken out in his second season in the NFL and is the dominant workhorse in the Carolina offense, but he’s just not getting enough credit for the fantastic season he’s currently having. He hasn’t missed a game all season and has carried the ball 215 times for 1,080 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns, to a tune of 5 yards per carry. To make matters better, McCaffrey has broken NFL records by catching a whopping 106 passes for 845 receiving yards and 6 scores, some totals that are rare for running backs. He’s been the best all around offensive weapon in the entire league this season and he is truly deserving of this award.
Others Receiving Votes (in order): Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes II, Saints QB Drew Brees, and Rams RB Todd Gurley II.
The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Defensive Player of the Year is…
Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald
Why: Do you want me to really prove to you how good Aaron Donald has been in 2018? Well, he’s been frequently mentioned as an MVP candidate, which is undoubtedly rarely associated with defensive players. Donald has been dominating the league for years, but this campaign has been his most special to date. He’s forced four fumbles, recovered two, and racked up a league-leading 19.5 sacks. Plus, Donald has a total of 38 QB hits, 24 tackles for loss, and 55 combined tackles. Donald has a ridiculously high 95.3 grade on Pro Football Focus and made a tremendous impact in stopping the run and rushing the passer.
Others Receiving Votes (in order): Bears EDGE Khalil Mack, Texans DE J.J. Watt, and Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner.
The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Coach of the Year is…
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy
Why: The Chicago Bears have been arguably the league’s biggest surprise in the 2018 season, but to be fair, I’ve always believed in this team. Matt Nagy came in from Kansas City and used his tutelage from Andy Reid to steal the show in the Windy City. The Bears have the league’s most dominant defense and a developing young signal caller in Mitchell Trubisky. Nagy has surrounded him with a weapon-filled offense and that has helped lead the Bears to an 11-4 record and their first NFC North title since 2010. They are headed to the postseason and Nagy is one of the bright young minds on the NFL landscape.
Others Receiving Votes (in order): Colts HC Frank Reich, Chiefs HC Andy Reid, and Seahawks HC Pete Carroll.
The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Comeback Player of the Year is…
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck
Why: Nobody ever knew if Andrew Luck would be able to return to the success that he had before his nagging shoulder injuries arrived around 2015. The Captain has returned to his form however and his mother would surely be proud of it. Luck has helped put the Colts back into playoff contention in the AFC and they’ll be headed to Nashville for a chance to make the postseason on Sunday night. He’s played every game this year, completing 67.2% of his passes for 4,308 yards, 36 touchdowns, and only 14 interceptions. He’s definitely pushed aside any doubt upon whether he’d be able to return to success on the football field.
Others Receiving Votes (in order): Texans DE J.J. Watt, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., and Texans QB Deshaun Watson.
The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Offensive Line of the Year is…
The Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line
Why: With Andrew Luck winning the Comeback Player of the Year award, not enough can be said about the stellar play of the revamped Colts offensive line, which looks like its going to be one of the best in the league for a long time. Anthony Castonzo is still a solid veteran left tackle, and he’s been paired with young guns in guard Quenton Nelson and right tackle Braden Smith. Ryan Kelly does a fantastic job of anchoring the line at the center position and they’ve done their main job in 2018, which was to protect Andrew Luck.
Others Receiving Votes (in order): The Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, and Los Angeles Rams Offensive Lines.
The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Offense of the Year is…
The Kansas City Chiefs Offense
Why: The Kansas City Chiefs offense has been a historic one that continues to put up ridiculous numbers behind the breakout season for quarterback Patrick Mahomes II. Tyreek Hill is one of the toughest receivers to cover in the entire National Football League and Travis Kelce is the consensus number one tight end in football. They’ve got an offense that’s rolling and sometimes it seems like it cannot be stopped. Andy Reid’s scheme has played out terrifically and it remains to be seen how this works out in the postseason for them.
Others Receiving Votes (in order): The New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Chargers offenses.
The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Defense of the Year is…
The Chicago Bears Defense
Why: Khalil Mack changed the Bears franchise for the future when they acquired him late summer of 2018. He’s made their defense the best in the league and has arguably pushed them into the playoffs by a large margin. Eddie Jackson has been one of the top safeties in football and Vic Fangio’s defense seems like it’s capable of making a big play at any time, and it sure does make game changing ones when they really count. There’s so much talent on this Chicago defense that I can’t name them all, but this team has a bright future and possibly a Super Bowl or two calling it’s name.
Others Receiving Votes (in order): The Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Chargers defenses.
My 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL All-Pro Team:
Saints QB Drew Brees
Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey
Rams RB Todd Gurley II (FLEX)
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce
Falcons WR Julio Jones
Saints WR Michael Thomas
Packers LT David Bakhtiari
Browns LG Joel Bitonio
Eagles C Jason Kelce
Ravens RG Marshal Yanda
Saints RT Ryan Ramczyk
Texans EDGE J.J. Watt
Rams DL Aaron Donald
Eagles DL Fletcher Cox
Bears EDGE Khalil Mack
Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner
Colts LB Darius Leonard
Panthers LB Luke Kuechly
Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore
Bears CB Kyle Fuller
Bears S Eddie Jackson
Chargers S Derwin James
Jets S Jamal Adams (DB)
Saints K Wil Lutz
Seahawks P Michael Dickson
Jets KR Andre Roberts
Raiders PR Dwayne Harris
Chargers ST Adrian Phillips
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