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Posted: Tuesday September 30, 2008 12:58PM; Updated: Tuesday September 30, 2008 4:25PM
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INSIDE THE NFL

Awards Watch (cont.)

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Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has five sacks in four games for the 4-0 Titans.
Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has five sacks in four games for the 4-0 Titans.
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Defensive Player of the Year

1. Albert Haynesworth, DT, Titans (3): He's the most dominant defensive player in the league and is the pillar of the Titans' ferocious defense. His six-tackle, two-sack effort against the Vikings is an example of the devastation he can wreak.

2. John Abraham, OLB, Falcons (1): The three-time Pro Bowl defender was a non-factor against the Panthers, but continues to sit atop the league's leaderboard with six sacks on the season.

3. James Harrison, LB, Steelers (NR): He put on a dazzling display against the Ravens with 10 tackles, two-and-a half sacks and a forced fumble. He's second in the league in sacks, and leads the Steelers in tackles with 27.

4. London Fletcher, LB, Redskins (5): The diminutive playmaker ranks second in the league in tackles (36), and is the unquestioned leader of a surprising Redskins' defense.

5. Charles Woodson, CB, Packers (NR): The four-time Pro Bowl defender is quietly having one of the best seasons of his career. Woodson has nine pass breakups and has returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns.

Offensive Rookie of the Year

1. Matt Forte, RB, Bears (1): He continues to impress with his outstanding all-around skills. His 347 rushing yards leads all rookies; he has another 147 as a receiver.

2. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans (2): He's the team's leading rusher, and his exceptional playmaking ability has given the Titans' pedestrian offense a much-needed boost.

3. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles (3): The spectacular playmaker continues to treat Philly fans with a mixed bag of amazing highlights and silly blunders. However, his 14.9 yards per catch average leads all rookies, and includes six receptions over 20 yards.

4. Eddie Royal, WR, Broncos (4): The speedster topped the century mark for the second time this season with his nine catch, 104-yard effort against the Chiefs. He leads all rookies in receptions (27) and is one of most polished receivers to enter the league in recent history.

5. Steve Slaton, RB, Texans (NR): He's tallied over 100 yards from scrimmage in back-to-back games and is emerging as a dynamic weapon from the backfield.

Defensive Rookie of the Year

1. Jerod Mayo, LB, Patriots (2): The bye week doesn't alter Mayo's standing as one of the top rookie defensive standouts.

2. Keith Rivers, LB, Bengals (3): He's been one of the few bright spots on a porous Bengals' defense.

3. Curtis Lofton, LB, Falcons (4): The Falcons' first-year standout has been one of the team's most consistent players. He's among the leading tacklers in the league.

4. Antoine Cason, CB, Chargers (2): The nickel man has been outstanding in his role, exhibiting a natural knack for getting around the ball.

5. Chris Horton, S, Redskins (NR): The 'Skins backup safety has three interceptions and a fumble recovery despite having only two starts.

 
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