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ANOTHER WORD ON AWARDS

Nov. 11, 2013
Nov. 11, 2013

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Nov. 11, 2013

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ANOTHER WORD ON AWARDS

In September, SI picked the seven major honors. Now it's time to revisit those projections

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

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PRESEASON: TOM BRADY QB, Patriots

MIDSEASON: PEYTON MANNING QB, Broncos

Brady is having one of the worst seasons of his career, Manning just the opposite—he leads the NFL in every major passing category and is threatening multiple league records. Four Broncos WRs are among the top 25 in receptions.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

PRESEASON: CHRIS JOHNSON RB, Titans

MIDSEASON: CALVIN JOHNSON WR, Lions

A simple Johnson mixup. Chris is just another guy—his 3.7 yards per carry rank 31st in the NFL—while Calvin's 329 yards in Week 8 against Dallas solidified him as the guy.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

PRESEASON: GENO ATKINS DT, Bengals

MIDSEASON: EARL THOMAS FS, Seahawks

Atkins battled with injuries and double teams before going down with an ACL tear last Thursday. Thomas leads a defense that's Top 3 in nearly every category, including No. 1 in takeaways with 21, six of which he had a hand in.

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

PRESEASON: EDDIE LACY RB, Packers

MIDSEASON: LACY

Receivers Terrance Williams, DeAndre Hopkins and Keenan Allen are viable candidates, but Lacy has brought balance to Green Bay. The Pack ranks seventh in yards per game after never finishing higher than 14th in the Aaron Rodgers era.

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

PRESEASON: TYRANN MATHIEU FS, Cardinals

MIDSEASON: STAR LOTULELEI, DT, Panthers

Talented as Mathieu has proved to be, Lotulelei is front and center in the transformation of Carolina's D, which has gone from allowing 110.1 rushing yards and 22.7 points per game in 2012 to just 79.3 and 13.7 in '13.

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

PRESEASON: ROBERT GRIFFIN III QB, Redskins

MIDSEASON: ALEX SMITH, QB, Chiefs

As impressive as RG3's quick recovery has been, he only missed (part of) one NFL game. Meanwhile, Smith, having lost his San Francisco starting job with seven games to play in '12, has been überefficient in guiding K.C. to a 9--0 start.

COACH OF THE YEAR

PRESEASON: SEAN PAYTON Saints

MIDSEASON: ANDY REID, Chiefs

Most of New Orleans's improvement has been defensive, and D ain't Payton's thing. Reid has taken a team that was 2--14 a year ago and transformed it into the league's last unbeaten.

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