Honoring outstanding performances in 2007
Posted: Tuesday November 6, 2007 1:14PM; Updated: Tuesday November 6, 2007 1:44PM
Now that every team has at least eight games in the books, it's midseason review time in the NFL. You know the drill ...
Offensive Rookie -- Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota -- The Vikings' super-back didn't just have his second 200-yard rushing game of the season against the Chargers on Sunday, topping the 1,000-yard mark on the season (1,036) in the process, he had a 253-yard half. Are you kidding me? We've never seen that one before.
The fear is that Peterson's reckless running style will lead to an injury-shortened career, but if he's the proverbial shooting star, what a spectacular flash it promises to be while it lasts.
Kudos to: Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo, Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City, and Joe Thomas, Cleveland.
Defensive Rookie -- Amobi Okoye, DT, Houston -- The 20-year-old wunderkind leads the improved Texans defense with five sacks (one more than fellow first-round pick Mario Williams), and he's handling a demanding position that would challenge any first-year player.
While San Francisco middle linebacker Patrick Willis has been strong for the slumping 49ers, leading the NFL in tackles with 83, Okoye's greater production should give the Texans their second consecutive defensive ROY, after linebacker DeMeco Ryans won it last year.
Kudos to: Patrick Willis, San Francisco, and LaRon Landry, Washington.
Most Valuable Player -- Tom Brady, QB, New England -- Brady has missed out on MVP awards in the past because he lacked the eye-popping statistics that generate buzz. But the buzz is all his this season, and those 33 touchdown passes, four interceptions, and 73.2 completion percentage make his case an overwhelming one. Brady has never played better, or been surrounded by more play-makers. He's having a season for the ages, on a team that looks bound for history.
Kudos to: Randy Moss, New England, Brett Favre, Green Bay, and Tony Romo, Dallas.
Offensive Player -- Randy Moss, WR, New England -- Whenever possible, I like to distinguish between MVP and offensive POY. I think you can do that with the unparalleled weapon that Moss has been this season. Brady's value to New England is greater, but Moss has been the NFL's ultimate difference-maker thus far, leading the league in receiving yardage (924) and touchdowns (12), scoring more in nine games as a Patriot than he did in 29 games as a Raider (11 touchdowns).
And Moss has been the picture of consistency, scoring in eight of New England's nine games, and topping 100 yards receiving six times. In the biggest game of the season -- Pats at Colts last Sunday -- Moss was the guy Brady looked for when everything was on the line. That says it all.
Kudos to: Tom Brady, New England, Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, Plaxico Burress, Giants, Brett Favre, Green Bay.