The NFL’s regular season is over. With 16 final games on Sunday, we saw the playoff field set, some incredible individual performances, and some big surprises. In other words, a great end to a strange season. And now that it’s over, it’s time to look back.
Below is my picks for major awards for the 2020 season. We’ll see how close I come as we get to the NFL Honors night prior to the Super Bowl.
There are a few options here. I think Patrick Mahomes is on the short list, and Aaron Rodgers may well be the favorite for his 48-touchdowns and the Packers’ top seed in the NFC. But here’s the thing, I’m going with Josh Allen. The third year pro had an amazing season, leading the Bills to a 13-win season and completed more than 69 percent of his passes, throwing for more than 4,500 yards and 37 TDs. That is a HUGE jump in completion percentage and passing yards as Allen came into his own and looked incredible. That’s without taking into account that he ran for 421 yards and eight TDs.
Coach of the Year
There are a few great candidates here. Ron Rivera, beating back cancer and getting Washington to the playoffs is inspiring. And Buffalo Bills Coach Sean McDermott deserves a ton of credit, too. But I’m going with Kevin Stefanski, who helped turn around the culture for the Browns and guide them to an 11-win season and a playoff berth. It’s one of the feel good stories of the season, and I’m all in. I think the Browns have a good chance to win their first playoff game, too!
Comeback Player of the Year
It has to be Alex Smith, quarterback for the Washington Football Team. He started six games, going 5-1, and his team won the division and made the playoffs. He threw for 1,582 yards and six TDs. It’s incredible to see him on the field and a great story he made the playoffs.
Offensive Rookie of the Year
This is a tough battle for me. For most of the year I’ve been on Justin Herbert, and I still think he’s a good choice. But I decided to go with Justin Jefferson, the receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. He had 88 receptions, went for 1,400 yards and got seven touchdowns. He stepped in for Stefon Diggs and did a great job opposite Adam Thielen in that offense, and I think he’s only going to get better.
Defensive Rookie of the Year
It might seem cliché, but I’m going with Chase Young. He was the best defensive player in the draft, and he’s been a force for Washington. He finished with 12 quarterback hits, 7.5 sacks, four passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He was a big part of the reason Washington won the division and made the playoffs.
Fantasy Football MVP
I’m going with Alvin Kamara, who I think should have been a consideration for NFL MVP. It was a bummer he missed Week 17, but in most people’s championship week, Kamara was gold. He ran for 155 yards and six TDs in that win over Minnesota. He rushed for a career high 932 yards and 16 TDs, catching a career high 83 passes for 756 yards and five more TDs. He was incredible on the field, and the only Top 5 pick in re-draft this year that consistently produced huge numbers.
That’s a wrap on my award predictions. Come back on Friday as I start my playoff prediction pieces for our new Super Wild Card Weekend!
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.