With the 2022 NFL season at its midpoint, NFL.com's analysts update their predictions on who they think will win some of the league's most prestigious individual awards at NFL Honors, including:
Participating analysts: Michael Baca, Brian Baldinger, Judy Battista, Jeremy Bergman, Ali Bhanpuri, Tom Blair, David Carr, Brooke Cersosimo, Jeffri Chadiha, Eric Edholm, Gennaro Filice, Christian Gonzales, Grant Gordon, Marcas Grant, DeAngelo Hall, Bobby Kownack, Dan Parr, Kevin Patra, Adam Rank, Chad Reuter, Marc Ross, Marc Sessler, Nick Shook, Lance Zierlein.
NOTE: All betting lines -- listed alongside each player's name -- are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook and are current as of 1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
(10 votes: Battista, Blair, Chadiha, Edholm, Filice, Grant, Parr, Patra, Reuter, Zierlein)
T-2) Jalen Hurts (+250) | 6 votes: Baldinger, Cersosimo, Gonzales, Kownack, Ross, Shook
T-2) Patrick Mahomes (+200) | 6 votes: Baca, Bhanpuri, Carr, Gordon, Rank, Sessler
T-4) Joe Burrow (+2000) | 1 vote: Bergman
T-4) Lamar Jackson (+900) | 1 vote: Hall
Why Judy Battista chose Josh Allen: Allen is the best player on the league's most complete team/Super Bowl favorite, a physical marvel who continues to astound with his arm and legs. Less than halfway through the season, he has 2,403 passing yards and nearly 400 rushing yards, and he has already led victories over three likely AFC playoff teams (the Titans, Ravens and Chiefs). His elbow injury could change the trajectory of the season, but assuming Allen doesn't miss much time, if any, he's a prime candidate to nab the MVP trophy and hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Arizona this February.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
(13 votes: Baca, Baldinger, Battista, Bergman, Carr, Chadiha, Filice, Gonzales, Patra, Rank, Reuter, Ross, Sessler)
2) Derrick Henry | 5 votes: Bhanpuri, Blair, Cersosimo, Gordon, Kownack
3) Jalen Hurts | 3 votes: Edholm, Parr, Zierlein
4) Josh Allen | 2 votes: Grant, Shook
5) Patrick Mahomes | 1 vote: Hall
Why Jeffri Chadiha chose Tyreek Hill: The blockbuster trade acquisition has been everything the Dolphins needed. Hill's on pace for nearly 2,100 receiving yards -- which would be a new league record -- and he has helped Tua Tagovailoa take a huge step forward.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
(23 votes: Baca, Battista, Bergman, Bhanpuri, Blair, Carr, Cersosimo, Chadiha, Edholm, Filice, Gonzales, Gordon, Grant, Hall, Kownack, Parr, Patra, Rank, Reuter, Ross, Sessler, Shook, Zierlein)
2) Matthew Judon (+2000) | 1 vote: Baldinger
Why Adam Rank chose Micah Parsons: Dallas thrived in the first half of the 1990s not solely because of the Big Three -- who were obviously great -- but also because of a devastating defense. These Cowboys feel like those teams from the franchise's glory days because of their defense, which currently ranks third in points allowed. And Micah Parsons is the tip of the spear. In fact, I'd say he's passed Aaron Donald as the best defensive player in the league.
OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
(12 votes: Baca, Baldinger, Battista, Carr, Edholm, Filice, Gordon, Kownack, Parr, Rank, Ross, Sessler)
2) Dameon Pierce (+160) | 10 votes: Bhanpuri, Blair, Cersosimo, Chadiha, Gonzales, Grant, Hall, Patra, Shook, Zierlein
3) Chris Olave (+900) | 2 votes: Bergman, Reuter
Why Eric Edholm chose Kenneth Walker III: Admittedly, prior to Breece Hall's ACL tear in Week 7, my vote was leaning toward the Jets' rookie rusher. But Walker has been fantastic over his past five games, rushing for 512 yards and seven TDs in that span -- and helping the Seahawks jump out to a shocking 6-3 start. His vision, creativity, anticipation and tackle-breaking ability are all top notch, setting him up to be the next great Seahawks runner.
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
(19 votes: Baca, Baldinger, Battista, Bergman, Bhanpuri, Carr, Filice, Gonzales, Gordon, Grant, Hall, Kownack, Parr, Patra, Reuter, Ross, Sessler, Shook, Zierlein)
2) Tariq Woolen (+300) | 4 votes: Blair, Cersosimo, Chadiha, Edholm
3) Jaquan Brisker (+3000) | 1 vote: Rank
Why Marc Ross chose Sauce Gardner: I felt Gardner was the best overall player in the 2022 NFL Draft, regardless of position -- and so far, he has exceeded my expectations. With his special combination of length, athletic ability and undeniable swag, Sauce's production as a lockdown corner has helped rejuvenate the Jets' defense. He not only is the clear-cut DROY, but he's already in the conversation for best corner in the NFL.
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR
(10 votes: Bergman, Blair, Carr, Cersosimo, Chadiha, Gordon, Rank, Ross, Sessler, Shook)
2) Saquon Barkley (+150) | 7 votes: Battista, Bhanpuri, Edholm, Hall, Parr, Patra, Zierlein
3) Christian McCaffrey (+1500) | 5 votes: Filice, Gonzales, Grant, Kownack, Reuter
4) Derrick Henry (+1600) | 2 votes: Baca, Baldinger
Why David Carr chose Geno Smith: Geno leading the Seahawks to the top of the NFC West at the midpoint is one of the biggest surprises of the season. Though surrounded by a talented group of playmakers, Smith has more than pulled his weight by protecting the ball, executing critical drives and elevating the play of everyone on the league's fourth-ranked scoring offense. There's still room on the bandwagon if you're interested, but it's filling up fast!
COACH OF THE YEAR
(10 votes: Baca, Cersosimo, Edholm, Filice, Gonzales, Gordon, Grant, Hall, Rank, Sessler)
2) Brian Daboll (+800) | 7 votes: Baldinger, Battista, Chadiha, Parr, Reuter, Ross, Zierlein
T-3) Pete Carroll (+600) | 2 votes: Blair, Shook
T-3) Robert Saleh (+900) | 2 votes: Bergman, Bhanpuri
T-5) Mike McDaniel (+1500) | 1 vote: Carr
T-5) Sean McDermott (+4000) | 1 vote: Patra
T-5) Kevin O'Connell (+800) | 1 vote: Kownack
Why Marcas Grant chose Nick Sirianni: Even in the wildest expectations of Eagles fans, no one anticipated this team being undefeated after nine weeks. Sirianni boasts a roster that is playing at an elite level in all three phases and looks to be the class of the NFC.
EACH ANALYST'S BALLOT
|Michael Baca||Patrick Mahomes||Tyreek Hill||Micah Parsons||Kenneth Walker III||Sauce Gardner||Derrick Henry||Nick Sirianni|
|Brian Baldinger||Jalen Hurts||Tyreek Hill||Matthew Judon||Kenneth Walker III||Sauce Gardner||Derrick Henry||Brian Daboll|
|Judy Battista||Josh Allen||Tyreek Hill||Micah Parsons||Kenneth Walker III||Sauce Gardner||Saquon Barkley||Brian Daboll|
|Jeremy Bergman||Joe Burrow||Tyreek Hill||Micah Parsons||Chris Olave||Sauce Gardner||Geno Smith||Robert Saleh|
|Ali Bhanpuri||Patrick Mahomes||Derrick Henry||Micah Parsons||Dameon Pierce||Sauce Gardner||Saquon Barkley||Robert Saleh|
|Tom Blair||Josh Allen||Derrick Henry||Micah Parsons||Dameon Pierce||Tariq Woolen||Geno Smith||Pete Carroll|
|David Carr||Patrick Mahomes||Tyreek Hill||Micah Parsons||Kenneth Walker III||Sauce Gardner||Geno Smith||Mike McDaniel|
|Brooke Cersosimo||Jalen Hurts||Derrick Henry||Micah Parsons||Dameon Pierce||Tariq Woolen||Geno Smith||Nick Sirianni|
|Jeffri Chadiha||Josh Allen||Tyreek Hill||Micah Parsons||Dameon Pierce||Tariq Woolen||Geno Smith||Brian Daboll|
|Eric Edholm||Josh Allen||Jalen Hurts||Micah Parsons||Kenneth Walker III||Tariq Woolen||Saquon Barkley||Nick Sirianni|
|Gennaro Filice||Josh Allen||Tyreek Hill||Micah Parsons||Kenneth Walker III||Sauce Gardner||Christian McCaffrey||Nick Sirianni|
|Christian Gonzales||Jalen Hurts||Tyreek Hill||Micah Parsons||Dameon Pierce||Sauce Gardner||Christian McCaffrey||Nick Sirianni|
|Grant Gordon||Patrick Mahomes||Derrick Henry||Micah Parsons||Kenneth Walker III||Sauce Gardner||Geno Smith||Nick Sirianni|
|Marcas Grant||Josh Allen||Josh Allen||Micah Parsons||Dameon Pierce||Sauce Gardner||Christian McCaffrey||Nick Sirianni|
|DeAngelo Hall||Lamar Jackson||Patrick Mahomes||Micah Parsons||Dameon Pierce||Sauce Gardner||Saquon Barkley||Nick Sirianni|
|Bobby Kownack||Jalen Hurts||Derrick Henry||Micah Parsons||Kenneth Walker III||Sauce Gardner||Christian McCaffrey||Kevin O'Connell|
|Dan Parr||Josh Allen||Jalen Hurts||Micah Parsons||Kenneth Walker III||Sauce Gardner||Saquon Barkley||Brian Daboll|
|Kevin Patra||Josh Allen||Tyreek Hill||Micah Parsons||Dameon Pierce||Sauce Gardner||Saquon Barkley||Sean McDermott|
|Adam Rank||Patrick Mahomes||Tyreek Hill||Micah Parsons||Kenneth Walker III||Jaquan Brisker||Geno Smith||Nick Sirianni|
|Chad Reuter||Josh Allen||Tyreek Hill||Micah Parsons||Chris Olave||Sauce Gardner||Christian McCaffrey||Brian Daboll|
|Marc Ross||Jalen Hurts||Tyreek Hill||Micah Parsons||Kenneth Walker III||Sauce Gardner||Geno Smith||Brian Daboll|
|Marc Sessler||Patrick Mahomes||Tyreek Hill||Micah Parsons||Kenneth Walker III||Sauce Gardner||Geno Smith||Nick Sirianni|
|Nick Shook||Jalen Hurts||Josh Allen||Micah Parsons||Dameon Pierce||Sauce Gardner||Geno Smith||Pete Carroll|
|Lance Zierlein||Josh Allen||Jalen Hurts||Micah Parsons||Dameon Pierce||Sauce Gardner||Saquon Barkley||Brian Daboll|