Mid-season NFL Awards! Let's give out some awards to the standouts of the year in the NFL so far! *NOTE* All statistics are BEFORE week 11. I know it's past the Midyear, just deal! Best Team Candidates - Denver Broncos - Arizona Cardinals - New England Patriots - Green Bay Packers Winner Denver Broncos! In my opinion, they are the best overall team in the league. They lead the league in rushing yards given up (603), 4th in the league in total yards given up (2827), 5th in the league in total offensive yards (3732), and 3rd in the league in passing yards (2861). They're offense has tons of weapons. Julius Thomas and Demaryus Thomas are elite offensive players. Peyton Manning is well, Peyton Manning. Their defense is playing their part too. Best team in the NFL so far, despite not having the best record. League MVP Candidates! - Peyton Manning - JJ Watt - Demarco Murray - Andrew Luck - Antonio Brown Winner Demarco Murray Murray is carrying his team on his back. He is leading the league in rushing yards (1233) and tied for 2nd in the league with 7 rushing TDs. He has led his Cowboys to a 7-3 record. He broke Jim Brown's record of most 100 yard rushing games to begin a season in a row with 7. He is having the year of his career. Plus, QBs get this reward all too often. Surprise Team Candidates - Cleveland Browns - Philadelphia Eagles - Dallas Cowboys Winner Cleveland Browns I think we can all agree that the Browns are the surprise of the year so far. The last time they made the playoffs was 2002 and they are in great position to make it this year. They have not had a winning season since 2007. But this year with Brian Howyer, they've been playing great. They have a 3 headed running back monster in West-Tate-Crowell. Their defense is playing very well and they are getting Josh Gordon back very soon. They've put themselves in great shape to make the playoffs. Most Disappointing Team Candidates - Chicago Bears - San Fransisco 49ers - The entire NFC South Winner The entire NFC South! Everyone in the NFC South is playing terribly. It is like they are competing to see who can lose the division. Nobody is over .500. The Saints have had a disappointing year. They are amazing at home, but cannot win on the road. The Falcons are playing terribly as well. They have next to no running game (tied for 25th in the league in rushing yards) and their defense isn't stepping up either. The Bucs are well, the Bucs. And then we have the Panthers. I'm sorry to everyone that has Cam Newton on their fantasy team, including myself. The offense line can't stop a fly. Cam likes throwing interceptions. They're all so god awful this year. Rookie WR of the Year Candidates - Kelvin Benjamin - Brandin Cooks - Odell Beckham Jr. - Sammy Watkins - Mike Evans Winner Sammy Watkins This vote has overtaken the rookie of the year vote. This rookie WR class is amazing. All of the names above are making names for themselves. This was a difficult choice. He is 15th in the league in receiving yards (Benjamin is 13th). Buffalo is playing well, and he is improving game by game. I chose him over the others because of the impact he has had on his team. He has turned into a number 1 WR option. Comeback Player Candidates - Golden Tate - Carson Palmer - Emmanuel Sanders - Terrence West - Steve Smith Winner Golden Tate Although they are all great stories, I believe that Tate has done the best job so far. He was forced to take the leading role when Megatron, and he did so well. Detroit has been a surprise so far at 7-2 and are leading the NFC North. The others have all played very well, but he is my choice as comeback story of the year so far. Defensive Player of the Year Candidates - Joe Hadyn - Elvis Dumervil - JJ Watt - Brent Grimes Winner JJ Watt Shocker right? I think we can all agree that Watt has been the defensive player of the year so far. He has 8.5 sacks, an interception, and 39 tackles. Oh, and he has 2 receiving touchdowns. This guy is a man-child. He's strong, quick, and knows football. Well, that's it for now! Hope you enjoyed reading. Agree with my picks? Also, Super Bowl: Patriots 38 Packers 30 What's your Super Bowl prediction?