The wait to find out which players will take home football’s most coveted awards will come to an end on Saturday night at the NFL Honors show (8 p.m. ET on FOX). Everything from NFL MVP to Coach of the Year will be handed out at the awards show as it’s sure to be a star-studded event.
To get you ready for the potential surprises and snubs on Saturday night, we predicted each award – both who will win, and who should win. Here are our selections:
WHO SHOULD WIN: Matt Ryan
WHO WILL WIN: Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan was the best quarterback in the league this season, and he may have been the best overall player. Some would argue that Aaron Rodgers was more valuable, but Ryan put together one of the all-time great seasons in NFL history. He should be the MVP, and he will be.
Offensive Player of the Year
WHO SHOULD WIN: David Johnson
WHO WILL WIN: Matt Ryan
David Johnson’s 2016 season was one of the best ever. He’s now one of 11 players with 2,100 yards and 20 touchdowns in a single season, a feat that hasn’t been done since 2006. Matt Ryan’s going to be the MVP, but Johnson deserves Offensive Player of the Year, especially with the terrible offensive line he played behind.
Defensive Player of the Year
WHO SHOULD WIN: Landon Collins
WHO WILL WIN: Von Miller
Von Miller had a great season. There’s no doubting that. He didn’t, however, have a historic one like Landon Collins. The Giants safety is the first player in NFL history with 100 solo tackles, two sacks, five interceptions and 12 passes defensed in a season. Collins was a force against the run and a turnover machine for the Giants and deserves to be the Defensive Player of the Year
Offensive Rookie of the Year
WHO SHOULD WIN: Ezekiel Elliott
WHO WILL WIN: Ezekiel Elliott
Ezekiel Elliott and his league-leading 1,631 yards are well deserving of Offensive Player of the Year, and he should be a lock to win it. Elliott will beat out his fellow Cowboys teammate Dak Prescott for the simple fact that he was not just the best rookie, but he was the best running back in the NFL.
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Defensive Rookie of the Year
WHO SHOULD WIN: Joey Bosa
WHO WILL WIN: Jalen Ramsey
Joey Bosa held out for the first four games of the season, but his production was hardly hindered. He still wound up with 10.5 sacks and 41 tackles and quickly became a player teams had to game plan against. Jalen Ramsey will probably win the award for the fact that he played all 16 games and was a top-five cornerback in the second half, coming on strong late in the year. Ramsey allowed a passer rating of just 37.8 when targeted this season.
Coach of the Year
WHO SHOULD WIN: Jason Garrett
WHO WILL WIN: Bill Belichick
Jason Garrett should be the favorite to win Coach of the Year. Whether he will win remains to be seen, but here’s why he deserves it: No Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Morris Claiborne, Tyron Smith or Orlando Scandrick for all or part of the season, rookies at quarterback and running back, and a 13-3 record through all of that. Bill Belichick will probably take home the hardware after being without Brady for four games, but it should be Garrett getting some recognition.
Comeback Player of the Year
WHO SHOULD WIN: Jordy Nelson
WHO WILL WIN: Jordy Nelson
Jordy Nelson isn’t the only candidate for Comeback Player of the Year, but he is far and away the favorite. He led the Packers with 97 catches for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, returning to his role as the No. 1 option in Green Bay’s offense. Melvin Gordon and Cameron Wake are also viable candidates, but Nelson should win, and it shouldn’t be close.