MVP: Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia
I know everyone has been all over Michael Vick this season, but it truly is phenomenal how he’s been able to fix the majority of his previous problems and be one of the best players in all of football. It’s tough to decide between Vick and Brady at this spot, but Vick has been the driving force of the Eagles this season. He may not have the best numbers, but he’s found ways to win and is truly a driving force for his team. He truly is the most valuable player for his team; who knows where the Eagles would be without him.
OPOY: Tom Brady, QB, New England
Tom Brady is one of the top QBs in football and has been for some time now. However, he’s got the Patriots destroying teams right now (just ask the Jets). Simply put, he has been on fire the past few weeks posting QB ratings of 117, 123, 158 and 149 while throwing 13 TDs and 0 INTs. All his stats are through the roof and he’s doing great without any of the big names like Randy Moss. It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Patriots are considered to be the best team in football.
DPOY: Devin McCourty, CB, New England
Forget DROY, McCourty is starting to make his case for the pro bowl! The Patriots really didn’t have a reliable starting corner heading into the season as McCourty is a rookie and Darius Butler had only limited starting experience. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Patriots were able to draft a successful rookie CB who’s tied for second in the NFL in interceptions. Despite his lack of experience, McCourty has still played like a veteran and is finding ways to make plays all over the field.
Surprise Player: Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo
Totals for the first 9 weeks of the season: 313 yards rushing, 28 yards receiving, 2 TDs. Totals from the past 4 weeks: 350 yards rushing, 160 receiving, 5 TDs. I think it’s safe to say Jackson has flipped the switch as he’s gone off the past few weeks. He’s been a huge part of the Bills offense as well as part of why the Bills were able to get 2 wins a few weeks ago. He could very easily slip back into mediocrity, but for the time being Fred Jackson is turning heads.
ROY: Joe Haden, CB, Cleveland
I’ve already put McCourty on the list so I figured I could highlight the play of another rookie who’s been turning it on as of late: Joe Haden. He hasn’t played CB for much of his young football career so many thought he would be a bit of a project, but he’s had a great past 4 weeks getting an interception in each. He’s really stepped up recently and been a reliable starter in the Browns secondary. He’s still a ways away from taking DROY honors away from Ndamukong Suh or Devin McCourty, but he’s still having a great rookie season.
Biggest Bust: Arizona Cardinals
It’s bad to be on a 3 or 4 game losing streak (ask the Texans or Titans). Imagine how the Arizona Cardinals feel after losing a whopping 7 games in a row. No, that’s not a typo. They haven’t won a game since September! They haven’t had steady play at quarterback between Derek Anderception and undrafted rookie Max Hall, their running game is mediocre at best, and their defense is one of the worst in the league ranking at 28th in yard allowed. For a team that started off the season 3-2 and the frontrunner to win the NFC West, they have completely fallen apart.