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Who They're Picking — NFL Honors Edition

Posted Feb 2, 2018

With the NFL Honors Show just 24 hours away, check out who the sports media landscape has as the front runners for the night's top awards.

Super Bowl LII is just two days away and the NFL community is abuzz with talk over the NFL Honors Awards Show taking place on Saturday. The annual awards presentation honors the the best players and moments of the 2017 season — giving out more than 20 awards, including Coach of the Year, MVP, and Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.

And with the NFL Honors Show just 24 hours away, we took to the sports media landscape to figure out who the top sports analysts are picking to take home the night’s top awards.

ESPN.COM:

NFL Most Valuable Player: Patriots’ QB Tom Brady  

“The starting quarterback on one of the four teams that tied for the league's best record at 13-3, Brady led the NFL in passing yards, was third in passer rating, QBR and touchdown passes, was fifth in completion percentage and yards per attempt -- you name it, he's up there. He also graded out as Pro Football Focus' MVP and Offensive Player of the Year.”

Coach of the Year: Rams’ HC Sean McVay

“The first-year coach took a Rams team that hadn't finished better than .500 since 2003 (or made the playoffs since 2004) and led it to an 11-5 record and a NFC West title. What's more, his stamp was all over it, as his offense led the league in scoring, Gurley became an MVP candidate and Jared Goff marked himself as a legitimate franchise quarterback after a rough rookie year. McVay got nine of our 12 first-place votes.”

Offensive Player of the Year: Rams’ RB Todd Gurley II

“A nice consolation prize after losing out in MVP voting to Brady. The OPOY award fits a guy who led the league in touchdowns and yards from scrimmage. Gurley's production cannot be disputed, and he was in the middle of all of the big scoring McVay's Rams did all season. He got seven first-place votes for this award. Brady got the other five.”

Defensive Player of the Year: Jaguars’ DE Calais Campbell

“A very close and difficult vote, this one went to the big free-agent signing who collected 14.5 sacks and helped lead the league's most fearsome defense all the way to the AFC Championship Game. He received six first-place votes and five seconds, barely edging out the Rams' Aaron Donald, who got six first-place votes and only four seconds.”

Comeback Player of the Year: Chargers’ WR Keenan Allen

“After tearing his ACL in the 2016 opener and missing that entire season, Allen returned to finish fourth in the league in receptions, with 102, and third in receiving yards, with 1,393. Known for what seems like his entire career as a guy who has trouble staying healthy, Allen played all 16 games for the first time.”

NFL NETWORK:

NFL MVP: 8 out of 12 panelists selected QB Tom Brady

“Leading the Patriots to 13-3 and the No. 1 seed, Brady had a great first half of the season and it was enough to keep him above the rest of the pack.”

Defensive Player of the Year: 8 out of 12 panelists chose DE Calais Campbell

“Pass rusher Calais Campbell (14.5 sacks) took an entire defense -- and team -- to a new level. He set the tone for a defensive line, which set the tone for the entire defense, which carried the Jags to the playoffs.”

Offensive Player of the Year: 2 out of 4 NFL Network analysts chose RB Todd Gurley

"I think you have to look at how they elevated their team as well, worst to first. I believe it all started with Todd Gurley. He goes over 2,000 yards, those 19 touchdowns. I believe he needs to be in that mix."

Offensive Rookie of the Year: 6 out of 12 panelists chose Saints’ RB Alvin Kamara

“The game looks too easy for Alvin Kamara. He was dynamic in the run game and Drew Brees' favorite target at times. This kid could be a slot starter on most teams.” 

Coach of the Year: Sean McVay received 6 out of 12 of the panelists votes.

"There are a number of deserving candidates this year, but the turnaround in Los Angeles was so stark that McVay must be the winner. Jared Goff and Todd Gurley were getting labeled "busts" just last year, and they led 2017's highest-scoring offense, thanks to McVay's ingenuity and leadership."

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S THE MMQB:

NFL MVP: QB Tom Brady

Defensive Player of the Year:  DE Calais Campbell

Offensive Player of the Year: RB Todd Gurley

Coach of the Year: Sean McVay

USA TODAY:

NFL MVP: RB Todd Gurley received 5 out of 6 votes.

Defensive Player of the Year:  4 out of 6 panelists chose DE Calais Campbell.

Offensive Player of the Year: RB Todd Gurley received 4 out of 6 votes.

Coach of the Year: Sean McVay received unanimous votes from the USA Today panelists.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: 5 out of 6 panelists selected RB Alvin Kamara. 

Defensive Rookie of the Year: 5 out of 6 panelists chose CB Marshon Lattimore.

Comeback Player of the Year: WR Keenan Allen received 4 out of 6 votes.