NFL First Half Award Winners

Jan 31, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; General view of the golden NFL shield logo at the entrance to the 4th annual NFL Honors at Symphony Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


By: Joe Cardoso

Here we are the halfway point of the NFL season and what a strange, random trip it has been so far. And that’s not including the off the field issues. My biggest takeaways from 2017 are the HUGE season-ending injuries to megastars, the return of the running back to professional football, and rookies having impacts on team’s seasons. Yes, we always have a rookie or two who make a splash, but this is different we have at least 8 rooks, who making noise week in and week out. Players getting hurt is a part of the game and spare me the next man up speech I miss JJ Watt, Odell Beckham, Aaron Rogers to name a few.

It’s not all doom and gloom we had the game of the year this past week when the Seahawks defeated the Houston Texans and their new franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson. Picking award winners for the 1st half was hard since we are seeing some out of this world performances from so many players. But as I always say debate is what makes sports great so here we go.

1st half MVP: Carson Wentz Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles. Why you ask? Because the kid is ballin that’s why he makes it look easy. The Eagles are 7-1 and show no signs of slowing down, and if these Calvin Johnson rumors become fact, then this team maybe Super Bowl bound. Not bad for a guy from North Dakota State who no one heard of until a few months before the draft. We sports fans love stats so let’s check them out.

-101.6 QB Rating, 2,063 yards 19 touchdowns vs 5 interceptions he is the best on 3rd down and the leap from year 1 to today is beyond impressive. Anyone who thought the Eagles made a mistake drafting him can find a seat in the back of the bandwagon.

Runners Up: Alex Smith, Tom Brady

Coach of The Year: Andy Reid Kansas City Chiefs

(Aug 9, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on the sidelines during the third quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports)

hands down have you seen the Chiefs first half schedule? Yes, Sean McVay has changed things in LA but besides the Dallas win the other teams he beat are 1-7 COMBINED! Much respect to the Rams head man but Andy is showing why he is an all-time great on the sidelines.

Runners Up: Sean McVay, Mike Tomlin, Mike Zimmerman, Sean McDermott

Rookie of The Year: Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs

(Sep 17, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) runs for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)

This was tough I love Watson and the talent and leadership he brings to the Texans. BUT the NFL is all about wins and losses and that is why I must go with Kareem Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs. What more can I say? Explosive plays galore and has made Chiefs fans almost forget about Jamaal Charles. It’s his award to lose and must stay on the field.

Runners Up: Deshaun Watson, Leonard Fournette, and Christian McCaffrey

Comeback Player of The Year: Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks: He is a throwback. The clear leader of the Seahawks D and a big play waiting to happen we as fans are so lucky to have the former Longhorn flying all around the field. SO happy he decided to come back this year and he hasn’t missed a beat.

Runners Up: DeAndre Hopkins, Rob Gronkowski

Defensive Rookie of The Year: Tre’Davious White CB Buffalo Bills

(Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White (27) runs into the end zone after picking up a Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan fumble during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

week in and week out he has stepped up and shown why he was drafted. A ton of hungry rooks coming up behind him, so we will see if he keeps this up in the 2nd half. He forced fumbles and been on the field a ton and tested by opponents.

Runners Up: T.J. Watt, Jamal Adams, Kevin King

Defensive Player of The Year: DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys: Check his stats all he has done is make big plays and he is in a contract year, funny how that works isn’t it?

Runner-Up: Melvin Ingram, Khalil Mack, Ryan Shazier

Offensive Player of The Year: Tom Brady New England Patriots He is 40 years old and they have no clue STILL how to stop the man! Tom Terrific is still getting his groove this season with new weapons and losing so many key players to injuries but the wins are there and do not be shocked if he takes it to another level in the upcoming weeks. He is the GOAT don’t @ me.


Runners Up: Kareem Hunt, Carson Wentz, Antonio Brown

Let the second half of the 2017 NFL begin!!

Joe Cardoso
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Joe (Cartright) Cardoso here! I’m the epitome of a sports junkie. An alum of the College of Southern Maryland, I received a diploma from the Maryland Institute of Broadcasting (MIB). During my tenure at MIB, I was a news/sports major and had the opportunity to intern at Fox 45 sports and Ravens Radio. I also worked as an overnight board operator for Sports Talk 980 ESPN Radio. I’ve been a total sports fanatic pretty much from the womb. My first love is soccer followed by basketball and then football. My favorite athletes are Kevin Garnett and Marino Rivera and my sports teams are the Yankees, Redskins, Michigan, Wizards, and Chelsea. My passion for sports is never ending. My sister once commented that I would probably follow pig racing if it was a sport! I had to agree. Nuts and Bolts Sports is a HUGE deal to me. It brings together others who share my obsession and love for everything sports and fulfills a life-long dream to bring sports news to fans my way.
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