The 2016 NFL regular season has officially come to an end. With the end of the season, comes the long-awaited playoffs, as well as the awards. Before the official 2016-2016 NFL awards are give out, the writers of Sports of Anarchy, which consist of Mike Salvatore, Nick Peralta, Peter Cordi, Chris Hodgens, and myself (Chris Pagliuca), will be giving out ourown awards. The awards include Most Valuable Player (MVP), Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year.
Mike Salvatore: Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
For years people have said Tony Romo could never come through in the clutch, however, Romo has certainly stepped up this year. While his stats are impressive, with a near 70 percent completion percentage, and a fantastic touchdown to interception ratio; Romo has led the Cowboys to a 3-0 record this December including impressive wins at Philadelphia and at home against Indianapolis. Against the Colts, he was particularly impressive, completing an astounding 90 percent of his passes. Romo leads all quaterbacks this year with an 82.8 QBR, while his Total QBR in the second half or OT is on pace to be the leagues best in nine years. And oh yeah, he is coming off of back surgery on top of all of that.
Nick Peralta: DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Demarco Murray is truly a sight to see. With his hand still bandaged, rushed for 100 yard to pass Emmitt Smiths Cowboys franchise single season rushing record. Murray finished the season with 1845 yard to Smiths 1773 yards. He also set a Dallas franchise single season rushing record with 12 games rushing 100+ yards. Murray also finished the season as the leagues top rusher. He has been the game changer on the Dallas offense and will surely look to be their greatest weapon en route to the Super bowl.
Peter Cordi:Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
While Peyton Manning and Andrew Lucks numbers please the eye, no quarterback is superior to Aaron Rodgers this year. The only quarterback with a better quarterback rating is Tony Romo, but Rodgers has the better team and the better statistics. Rodgers has thrown for asolid4,381 yards and an amazing 38 touchdowns on just 5 interceptions! There is no starting quarterback in the NFL with less interceptions, while only the turnover-prone Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning have more touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers doesnt miss on his throws and makes the best decisions, so this one is a no-brainer.
Chris Hodgens: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Remember in week four when everybody thought the Brady era was over? That was cute. When I think of the most prestigious award, I think of the one player a team cannot be without. That is clearly, Tom Brady. This year in the NFL there are many different MVP candidates and I feel Brady is once again, the best of the best. Brady silenced critics after the Patriots Monday night loss to the Chiefs in week four, by going on a tear and winning seven straight and ten of their last twelve, securing the Patriots sixth straight AFC East division title. Brady had yet again another 4,000 yard passing season, along with 33 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He also had the leagues fifth best passer rating, of 97.4. Tom Brady continues to impress and should secure his third MVP trophy.
Chris Pagliuca: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
The 2016 NFL MVP race is a very close one this year, but I believe the most deserving player is Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers passer rating of 112.2 was second in the league, just behind Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo. However, the most impressive feat by Rodgers this year was his outstanding touchdown-to-interception ratio. Rodgers threw 38 touchdowns, which was good for third in the league, to only five interceptions, the least among starting quarterbacks. Rodgers also threw for 4,381 yards, and led the Packers to a 12-4 record and another NFC North division title.
Mike Salvatore: DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romos running mate deserves as much credit for Dallass success as anyone, as he has been an absolute beast for the team this year. DeMarco Murray has made mincemeat out of defenses across the league, including Seattle, San Fransico, and St. Louis. At one point this season, Murray ran off a string of eight straight games eclipsing 100 yards. Even a broken hand couldnt slow Murray down in a crucial Week 16 matchup against the Colts, as he rushed for yet another touchdown. Murraycapped the year off with 1,845 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.
Nick Peralta: LeVeon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell has become, like Murray, one of the most invaluable players in the National Football League. Bell had his best game against the Titans on November 17th, gaining 204 rushing yards as well as a touchdown. Bellalso became the first running back in team history to start the year with seven straight games of 100 yards of total offense. On December 7th, against the Bengals, Bell tied Walter Payton for most consecutive games with 200 or more yards from scrimmage with three. In the full season, Bell is secondin NFL in rushing yards at 1,361, third in NFL in rushing YPG with 85.1, and eighth in NFL in total rushing touchdowns with 8.
Peter Cordi: DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
For years, analysts have been predicting Demarco Murrays breakout season. Last year, he proved that he could stay healthy long enough to break out and live up to his draft hype. This year, he blew his draft hype away! Through 16 games, he has gained 2,140 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns. The better Demarco Murray plays, the more the Cowboys win. In fact, Murray is largely responsible for Tony Romos amazing season- when the run game is producing, the pass game is likely to follow, especially with Tony Romo connecting to Dez Bryant.
Chris Hodgens: DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
The simple question is; where would the Cowboys be without DeMarco Murray? Murray averaged an incredible 115.3 yards per game, along with thirteen touchdowns, and finished the season having the most rushing yards in the league with 1,845, which was more than 400 yards above, Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeVeon Bell, who finished second. Murray also gathered 416 receiving yards on 57 receptions. To top off Murrays incredible season he broke Hall of Famer, Emmitt Smiths, long time Dallas Cowboys rushing record of 1,773. The Cowboys made it clear in the past off-season that they wanted to be able to run the ball effectively by juicing up their offensive line, and Murray did not disappoint.
Chris Pagliuca: DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray is the clear cut choice here. Murray was a top choice for MVP, let alone Offensive Player of the Year. Murray led the league in rushing yards with 1,845 on 392 carries, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Murray also sharedthe honor of leading the league in rushing touchdowns with 13. Murray also did his part catching the ball, catching 57 balls for 416 receiving yards. Murray totaled 2,261 yards from scrimmage and his 1,845 rushing yards broke Emmitt Smiths long standing Cowboys single-season rushing record of 1,773 yards.
Mike Salvatore: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
Watt has been one of the most impressive players in all of football this year. He is second in the league with 20.5 sacks, has forced four fumbles, and has an interception to his credit. On top of all of that, Watt has managed to find the end zone five times, with a handful of times being utilized in offensive sets. Teams continually gameplan ways to avoid Watt, yet he continues to dominate offensive lines across the league. The Texans are still very much alive in the playoff hunt due to Watts presence on defense, as well as his emergence on offense this year.
Nick Peralta: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
J.J. Watt has had a year of many firsts this year. Watt became the first defensive player in Texans history to score a touchdown from scrimmage. Watt scored the touchdown on a one-yard catch. On December 21, Watt recorded his 54th sack as a Texan in a win against the Baltimore Ravens. With that sack, he surpassed Mario Williams as the franchise leader in sacks. In his final game of the 2016 season, Watt had a sack for his first career safety against the Jacksonville Jaguars which gave him three sacks on the day and 20.5 on the season, becoming the first player in NFL history to have 20 or more sacks in separate seasons.
Peter Cordi: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
This is a given, as many fans call for J.J. Watt for Most Valuable Player this year. While he is obviously the best defensive player in the NFL, I wouldnt go as far as saying he is the most valuable player. Watt will almost surely win Defensive Player of the Year due to the fact that he is a complete beast and can not be stopped no matter what position he plays. This season, he has 20.5 sacks, a pick-six, and three receiving touchdowns! What dark magic is responsible for this?! There is no player in the league with numbers or an impact comparable to that of J.J. Watt.
Chris Hodgens: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
This category is almost not debatable. J.J. Watt is a pure talent and has made a strong campaign for league MVP. Watt finished the season with 20.5 sacks, which was good for second best in the league. He also forced four fumbles, which was good for second best in the league as well. Not to mention, he also has an 80 yard interception return this season. J.J. Watt is an absolute menace on the defensive side of the ball and wreaks havoc week in and week out, for opposing offensive coordinators. Watt draws double and triple team blocks on almost every play and that still seems to be ineffective in stopping him. Thinking of a Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt combination next year is going to be very intimidating for opposing offenses. Wherever the play is happening, J.J. Watt is there. He is almost unstoppable, he plays hard to every whistle and that is why he is an easy lock for Defensive Player of the Year.
Chris Pagliuca: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
Ill make this a clean sweep, and easily by picking J.J. Watt. Watt is the clear-cut choice here. Not only did Watt become the only player in NFL history to record multiple 20-sack seasons, he also became the Texans all-time leader in sacks at only 25 years of age, surpassing Mario Williams. Watt was dominate this year, recording 20.5, which was good for second in the league, along with forcing four fumbles, a safety, 11 pass deflections, as well as scoring two defensive touchdowns.
Mike Salvatore: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
By now, weve all seen Odell Beckhams insane catch against the Cowboys a few weeks back; but Beckham has been a shot in the arm for the New York Giants this season. Despite missing the first month of the season, Beckham has 1,305 yards receiving yards to go along with 12 touchdowns on 91 receptions. Those are Madden type numbers. In addition to his crazy numbers, Beckham has almost single handedly saved the jobs of head coach Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese. As good a season as Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins have had, Beckham has been on another level.
Nick Peralta: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
The dazzling wide receiver from LSU didnt even play the first four games of the season. And when you factor that in, it makes his record breaking season look even more spectacular. 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. Beckham also set an NFL record for most receptions and receiving yards in a players first 12 games in the league. He is 4th in the NFL in touchdowns at 12, and 1st in NFL in receiving YPG. Looking at those numbers, we could be witnessing the emergence of a superstar.
Peter Cordi: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
In his 12 games played, he has 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. AS A ROOKIE! Had he played the first five games, he would be a frontrunner for Offensive Player of the Year! There is no player more exciting to watch than Odell- heck, when kids play schoolyard football and one makes an amazing catch, it is called Odelling. Coming into the league, he was considered a Desean Jackson clone, but as we can see, he is much better. And he hasnt even reached his prime. Let that soak in. Scary, isnt it?
Chris Hodgens: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
This is another category that is uncontroversial. Odell Beckham Jr., has emerged as not just the best rookie wide receiver in this draft, but one of the best throughout the entire league. Beckham started to come into his own in week nine against the Indianapolis Colts, collecting eight catches for 156 yards. What really put Beckhams name on the map was that insane touchdown catch against the Dallas Cowboys on primetime television. On the season Beckham gathered 1,305 yards on 91 receptions, and 12 touchdowns. Not only did Beckham put together a 1,300 yard season in his rookie campaign, but he did it in only twelve games. Beckham missed all four preseason games, some of training camp, and the first four regular season games due to a hamstring injury. Hypothetically speaking, if Beckham plays in those first four games he has a very serious chance of being on top of the league in receiving yards, and touchdowns. This NFL draft class of wide receivers will go down as one of the best ever, but Beckham clearly stood out from the very talented pack.
Chris Pagliuca: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
Another clean sweep and another easy choice. Odell Beckham Jr. had one of the best rookie seasons of all-time and he only played in 12 games. Beckham has some of the best hands and physical ability in the entire league and proved it, recording 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns on 91 receptions. In retrospect, Beckham averaged nearly 7.6 receptions per game, 109 yards per game and a touchdown per game. If Beckham would have played in all 16 games, its conceivablethat he wouldve led all receivers in yards and touchdowns and would have been in the running for Offensive Player of the Year.
Mike Salvatore: Khalil Mack, LB, Oakland Raiders
With the 2016 Draft Class being touted as the best receiver class of all time, its been easy for Khalil Mack to slip under the radar out in Oakland. Mack has brought a consistency and toughness to the Raiders linebacking corp, all while improving each and every game. For the season, Mack has four sacks to go along with 75 tackles while playing excellent coverage in pass and being a monster against the run. For years, Oakland has struggled to find an impact player in the draft; they may have found gold with Khalil Mack in 2016.
Nick Peralta: Khalil Mack, LB, Oakland Raiders
Mack had a terrific rookie season. Mack proved himself on Sunday against the Bills, when he operated as a run-stuffing machine making plays all over the field. Growing as a pass rusher in recent weeks, the fifth overall pick is a star in the making.
Peter Cordi: C.J. Mosley, LB, Baltimore Ravens
This young man has racked up an impressive 133 tackles on the year, with three sacks and two interceptions. That is impressive for a veteran in his prime, let alone a rookie linebacker! C.J. Mosely leads all rookies in tackles, and is tiedfor second in interceptions. His three sacks are still good for a linebacker, let alone a rookie linebacker. Mosely is only 24 tackles behind Luke Kuechly for most tackles this season.
Chris Hodgens:Aaron Donald, DT, St. Louis Rams
The Rams used their 13th overall pick on Aaron Donald, and he did not disappoint. On the season, Donald collected 47 total tackles, along with nine sacks and two forced fumbles. The Rams already had one of the best defensive lines in the league, and with the addition of Donald, they made it even better. The trio of Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn and Chris Long is going to be detrimental to opposing offenses. Donald is constantly busting plays at the line of scrimmage and forcing quarterbacks into throwaways and interceptions. Donald had more sacks than any other rookie in this draft class and also helped the Rams in proving that they are one of the best defenses in the NFL. Donald should walk away with the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Chris Pagliuca: C.J. Mosley, LB, Baltimore Ravens
C.J. Mosley was one of the top linebackers in all of the NFL as a rookie. Drafted 17th by the Baltimore Ravens, Mosley racked up 133 combined tackles, which was good for seventh in the league and only 20 tackles behind league leader, Luke Kuechly. Mosley also recorded three sacks, two interceptionsand one forced fumble.