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2012 NFL Mid-Season Awards

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Rant Sports Marc Jenkins' 2012 NFL Mid-Season Awards

NFL Mid-Season Awards
Kirby Lee-US Presswire

Each and every one of the 32 NFL teams have all now completed eight games this season which means that the entire league is now at the half way point of the year and it is officially mid-season. During the first half of the 2012 season there have been plenty of exceptional performances displayed on a week to week basis which now leads me to prepare my mid-season awards for each of the major awards that are presented to players and a head coach at the conclusion of each season; Most Valuable Player, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year and Head Coach of the Year.

It is almost perfect that the midway point of the season comes on Election Day because I get to cast my vote for each of these players and coach who I feel have earned the right to wear the honors of these awards after the first half of the season. It will be interesting to see if these players and coach can maintain their high level of play and coaching that have earned them these honors to gain the same recognition at the end of week 17 which will signal the end of the 2012 regular season.

So without further delay I present to you my selections for the 2012 NFL Mid-Season Awards. Please feel free to leave a comment on if you agree or disagree with any of the selections that I have made.

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MVP - Peyton Manning QB

Ron Chenoy-US Presswire

Peyton Manning is having an incredible season for the Denver Broncos leading them to a 5-3 record and in first place in the AFC West at the mid-point of the 2012 season. Manning has passed for 2,404 yards (tied for 4th in NFL), 20 touchdowns (3rd in NFL), just six interceptions and has completed 69.5% of his pass attempts (1st in NFL). Manning also leads the league in QB Rating with a 108.6 rating and not to mention that 15 of his 20 touchdown passes have come in the second half; epitome of clutch.

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Offensive Player of the Year - Aaron Rodgers QB

Kirby Lee-US Presswire

The 2011 MVP, Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers had a very sluggish beginning to their 2012 season however as of late Mr. Rodgers has torched each and every secondary that has lined up against him and his receivers. Rodgers has passed for 2,383 yards (8th in NFL), 25 touchdowns (1st in NFL), just five interceptions, completed 67% of his attempts (5th in NFL) and has a QB Rating of 107.4 (2nd in NFL). For good measure Rodgers has also rushed for 162 yards on 35 carries.

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Defensive Player of the Year - J.J. Watt DE

Thomas Campbell-US Presswire

The Houston Texans let their star defensive end Mario Williams walk during the free agency period prior to the season beginning and that's because the knew J.J. Watt was ready to step up and take control of this defensive unit. Watt has not only made himself the best defensive player on his team but in the entire league. This season Watt has recorded 39 tackles, 10.5 sacks (1st in NFL), 10 pass deflections (4 of them have resulted in interceptions for his teammates), eight tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries for a defense that is amongst the best in the NFL.

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Comeback Player of the Year - Peyton Manning QB

Christopher Hanewinckel-US Presswire

Yes this is yet another award for Peyton Manning who is not only having an MVP-caliber season but is also returning after missing the entire 2011 campaign following having four, yes count them four neck surgeries. Just think plenty of people were ready to write Manning off after the fourth procedure and all he has come out and done is throw for 2,404 and 20 touchdowns while completing just a shade under 70% of his attempts.

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Offensive Rookie of the Year - Robert Griffin III

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Kim Klement-US Presswire

The Washington Redskins would have been happy drafting either Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck with the second overall pick in the 2012 Draft but I think Mike Shanahan and Daniel Synder will tell anyone there sure are happy that the Indianapolis Colts chose Luck with the first pick, leaving RG3 to fall into their hands. This season the electric rookie has passed for 1,993 yards, eight touchdowns, just three interceptions and completed 65.6% of his attempts (8th in NFL). RG3 has also rushed for 529 yards (18th in NFL, 1st amongst QB's) and six touchdowns (tied for 3rd in NFL) on only 81 carries which results in a 6.5 yards per carry average.

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Defensive Rookie of the Year - Chandler Jones DE

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Bob DeChiara-US Presswire

No one expected much out of the 21st overall selection in the 2012 Draft during the season except for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. That 21st selection is none other than the Pats phenomenal rookie defensive end who has recorded 33 tackles, six sacks (tied for 16th in NFL), two pass deflections, three tackles for a loss and forced three fumbles. In the process of racking up some terrific numbers during the first half of the season Jones has also finally given the Patriots a legitimate pass rusher off of the edge something they haven't had since Jason Seymour played in New England.

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Coach of the Year - Mike Smith Atlanta

Daniel Shirey-US Presswire

No one would have thought that at the midway point the Atlanta Falcons would be the sole undefeated team with an 8-0 record. That is exactly why Mike Smith receives the nod over the other 31 head coaches in the NFL; not only does his team have the best record but no one would have expected them to do so.