Predicting the 2016 NFL Award Winners

By Derek Ferreira
Sep. 06, 2016

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Where just two days away from the 2016 NFL season so I'm going to predict the 2016 NFL Award winners.

NFL MVP-Ben Roethlisberger: Like I said in my season preview blog, I expect big things from the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. The offense will be the reason why this team could go deep in the postseason and Roethlisberger is going to be that anchor. He's got the players that can give him those big games, including Antonio Brown (who I'll mention in just a bit) and a decent rushing game, plus the defense isn't that good. Speaking of yards, I believe that Roethlisberger will get 5,000 yards this season.

Offensive Player of the Year-Antonio Brown: I know this is a debate that NFL fans get into because they believe that this category should be replaced with the MVP category. Yes, it's an argument I like to get into someday here on this blog. The favorite to win this award goes to Antonio Brown mainly because he'll get help from Roethlisberger, and is poised to have another big year.

Defensive Player of the Year-Khalil Mack: J.J. Watt may be a favorite to win this award since he has won this award 3 out of the last four years. With that said, I think the NFL is going to find a new star in the defensive game, and it's Mack. Mack was great last season under Jack Del Rio and Ken Norton Jr. as it helped Mack in his pass rush and stopping the run. One of the reasons why the Raiders are playoff contenders has been the emergence of Mack, and now that the defense has been upgraded, he'll get better.

Offensive Rookie of the Year-Ezekiel Elliott: Without debate, this is my lock award, and I would be surprised if Elliott doesn't win this award. After all, he has the top offensive line in football that can give him 1,000 rushing and with the future of Tony Romo uncertain, he is going to be the key player on offense.

Defensive Rookie of the Year-Myles Jack: Any defensive player is a favorite to win this award, but Jack is my favorite going into this season. However, he has to be healthy and the knee injury he suffered last season at UCLA led to his stock falling in the draft. But Jack is a great athlete and a great fit for any defensive philosophy that Gus Bradley has on his mind, hence why I have Jack winning this award.

Coach of the Year-Bill Belichick: The last time Belichick won this award was in 2010, and I believe he is a favorite to win this in 2016. But for that to happen, he has to do one thing. That one thing is to win a few games under Jimmy Garoppolo. If he can do that, then I see him winning this award. If not, my second favorite is going to be Jack Del Rio. Like I said earlier, the Raiders are going to be real contenders for a playoff push this year. I see the team winning at least ten games, but will that help them? We'll have to wait and see.