Christmas Eve noticed a lot of the NFL’s slate performed on Saturday and it was freezing at most stadiums. Recovering from frostbite whereas opening presents as a household apparently was a crucial evil to some. In two of the three stadiums the place followers weren’t shivering, two of the NFL’s main awards have been determined. Doesn’t matter what occurs within the ultimate two weeks of the season. And disrespect the Vikings and Giants each including one other one-score recreation to their resumes. It’s the showdowns within the Bay Space and Lone Star State that apply right here.
Nick Sirianni will likely be your NFL Coach of the 12 months, regardless of his staff dropping its second recreation of the season yesterday. Nick Bosa would be the NFL Defensive Participant of the 12 months after the Commanders couldn’t cease him from rocking each Taylor Heinicke and Carson Wentz into 2023. The 49ers defensive finish had seven tackles, two sacks, a compelled fumble and 5 pressures within the win over Washington. To not point out, he sacked Wentz on a 2-point conversion attempt that gained’t get added to his stats. If something, Bosa’s efficiency wants consideration for total league MVP, regardless of Vegas’ assertion it’s a two-man, two-quarterback race between Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts. It’s became a quarterback award, very similar to the Heisman Trophy, and the NFL MVP ought to’ve gone to Cooper Kupp final season. The case will unfairly doubtless by no means be made for Bosa.
Bosa has 17.5 sacks on the season and it isn’t a runaway from Patriots outdoors linebacker Matt Judon who has 15.5. With how the Patriots have performed, there’s no manner the league offers him critical consideration. Judon is perhaps unbelievable, however the NFL has made it clear that in case your staff sucks, you possibly can’t rid your self of the suck. And due to this fact, having some suck eliminates Judon. Bosa can also be third within the league in quarterback pressures (51), regardless of lacking a recreation earlier this season. You’ll be able to guess Bosa would have added to each spectacular totals if he didn’t miss a Week 6 matchup in opposition to the Falcons.
The opponents to Bosa for Defensive Player of the Year largely paled as compared coming into yesterday’s video games. It was a little bit murkier for Sirianni’s probabilities, primarily due to the competitors. Sure, the Eagles solely misplaced one recreation all season previous to Saturday in opposition to the Commanders. It could’ve been a one-score loss with out making an attempt for Music Metropolis Miracle-style end, which led to a Washington defensive landing as the sport expired. Philadelphia did sufficient in a one-score highway loss to an 11-4 Dallas staff with out Hurts behind middle to show Sirianni’s case will likely be too sturdy.
With Gardner Minshew at quarterback, Philadelphia’s offense didn’t miss a lot of a beat. The elusiveness of Hurts was a layer of the Eagles’ offense that was gone, but the Birds nonetheless put up 34 factors in opposition to an above-average Cowboys protection. Sirianni is an offensive-minded coach and at all times has been. The critique of why his protection gave up 40 factors is legitimate, but it surely must be balanced with one of many frontrunners for league MVP not in uniform at AT&T Stadium, and maintaining with the Cowboys.
Andy Reid and Sean McDermott’s names will likely be within the coach of the yr conversations. Throw in Giants rookie head coach Brian Daboll, too, for the way shortly he’s turned Large Blue again right into a playoff staff which solely a psychopath would have predicted earlier than the season. Kevin O’Connell has finished an amazing job in Minnesota however has a comparable resume to Sirianni’s, and it’s clearly weaker in comparison instantly. Kyle Shanahan is a darkish horse after succeeding with his third-string quarterback. They usually’re all actually preventing for second fiddle to Sirianni.
Sirianni’s offensive system appeared so good with out Hurts, it’s the most effective case Mahomes has for NFL MVP. Insert Chad Henne as Kansas Metropolis’s beginning quarterback. There isn’t a shot he’s wherever as efficient as Minshew was yesterday. Hurts has been extremely useful in 2022, however Mahomes being persistently pristine shouldn’t distract from the truth that he’s other-worldly. Eight quarters is loads of time for issues to vary within the NFL. Sure, the Eagles and 49ers have playoff spots locked up. San Francisco already gained its division. You’ll be able to guess on Sirianni and Bosa taking residence league-wide honors not going away.