NFL Honors 2023: Celebrating the Best in NFL with the Exciting MVP, Rookie of the Year and More Show
NFL Honors 2023: The 2022 NFL season is coming to an end, and the annual NFL Honors ceremony is just around the corner. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 9, at 9 PM ET and will be broadcast on NBC and NFL Network. This year, the event will feature a new voting system, as a nationwide panel of 50 sports journalists will rank their top-five picks for MVP and top-three picks for other awards.
The NFL Honors 2023 will recognize the best players, coaches, and performances of the 2022 season and will include over a dozen awards, including MVP, Coach of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Comeback Player of the Year. In this blog, we will take a look at seven of the biggest awards and attempt to predict who will take home the honors.
Coach of the Year Award
Starting with the MVP award, it is widely believed that quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs will win his second MVP award. Mahomes led all quarterbacks in passing touchdowns this season with 41, and had the best passer rating when targeting running backs and tight ends. He threw for a career-high 5,250 yards, completing 67.1% of his passes. No other quarterback averaged more than 280 passing yards in the regular season. Mahomes is widely considered the best quarterback in the NFL and deserves the MVP award for his outstanding performance this season.
Comeback Player of the Year Award
The Coach of the Year award is likely to go to Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers. When the 49ers lost their starting quarterback, many expected their season to be over. However, the team was able to overcome the odds and make it to the NFC Championship, thanks to the play of third-string quarterback Brock Purdy and the coaching of Shanahan. The 49ers had the No. 1 defense in the NFL this season, and Shanahan’s offensive scheme and utilization of playmakers helped the team maintain its high level of performance despite the loss of its starting quarterback.
The Comeback Player of the Year award will be contested by several notable players, including Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey. However, the award is likely to go to quarterback Alex Smith of the Seattle Seahawks. Smith had a career year in 2022 and went 9-8 as the starter, completing a league-high 69.8% of his passes for 4,282 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He helped guide Seattle to a surprising playoff berth and earned his first career Pro Bowl bid.
Offensive Player of the Year Award
One of the best seasons for a WR of all time. @JJettas2 is your Offensive Player of the Year! #NFLHonors @surface pic.twitter.com/gaK5gvTvLw— NFL (@NFL) February 10, 2023
The Offensive Player of the Year award will be contested by several talented players, but the favorite is wide receiver Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings. Jefferson set franchise records in receptions and receiving yards this season and led the NFL in both categories. He also recorded 8 touchdowns and was named to his third straight Pro Bowl and earned an All-Pro selection. His 4,825 career receiving yards are the most recorded in a player’s first three seasons in NFL history, making him a strong contender for the award.
Defensive Player of the Year Award
Nick Bosa wins the 2022 Defensive Player of the Year! #NFLHonors pic.twitter.com/IBqhDtfD3W— NFL (@NFL) February 10, 2023
Defensive Player of the Year is likely to be awarded to Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers. Bosa led the NFL with 18.5 sacks this season and ranked first in QB hits with 48. He was a handful to contain on the line and further proved his status as a legitimate playmaker. The former No. 2 overall pick has won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, been named an All-Pro, earned three Pro Bowl bids, and is now in line to win the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Rookie of the Year Awards
The Rookie of the Year awards are usually hotly contested, but this year, the favorite for the Offensive Rookie of the Year is wide receiver Jaylen Wilson of the Dallas Cowboys. Wilson led all rookies in receptions, receiving yards, and was tied for third in touchdown receptions
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