This NFL regular season was one of the most competitive in recent years. As Super Bowl 56 nears, SRA makes predictions for the prestigious hardware before the big game.
The overwhelming favorite to win MVP is Aaron Rodgers. He led the Packers to a 13-4 record and the top seed in the NFC by throwing for 4,115 yards, 37 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. The touchdown to interception ratio was one of the best in history.
Coach of the Year
Zac Taylor has turned the Bengals around in three years. Cincinnati has gone from the Bungles of the 90s to the kings of the AFC North. Taylor not only made the team better, but he and Joe Burrow seem to bring a lasting culture change in Cincinnati.
Defensive Player of the Year
Watt led the league in both tackles for loss, 21, and sacks, 22.5, tying the NFL record set by Michael Strahan in 2001. Watt did this in just 15 of 17 possible games. The record would’ve broken the record in 16 games. With three games of three or more sacks, Watt set himself apart from the rest and ran away with the award.
Offensive Player of the Year
This year was the best season for a wide receiver; Kupp caught 145 passes for 1,947 yards — leading the league by 331 yards. The season was impressive how effortless Kupp and Stafford’s connection was. The receiver totaled under 90 receiving yards only once all season. Kupp is now in an elite group of wide receivers.
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Chase was unstoppable this year; he caught 81 passes for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns as a rookie. The wide receiver is winning over Patriots QB Mac Jones. Chase had a game with 266 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Parsons recorded 13 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, and 30 quarterback hits. The linebacker had people comparing him to Lawrence Taylor. Parson will walk away with the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by a landslide. He was the reason for the Cowboy’s defensive turnaround.