LOS ANGELES, December 29, 2012 — This is a time when awards are given out. Despite a tough football season, there was still a lot to feel good about. Not since the late Chris Farley gave out a fake ESPY award to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy have awards presentations been so eagerly anticipated.
In the spirit of the holidays, football lovers sang “On the 12 Days of pigskin, commissioner gave to me….”
Continuing the festiveness and the festivities, here are the NFL 2012 Awards and the Week 17 preview.
NFL Most Valuable Player: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the sentimental choice, but Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning deserves to win his fifth MVP. He is the only four-time winner in NFL history and is simply playing lights out football.
Rookie of the year: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck edges out Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, especially if the Redskins miss the playoffs. Russell Wilson has been phenomenal in recent weeks, but Seattle also has an amazing defense.
Offensive player of the year: Adrian Peterson wins. Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is out of this world, but his team is 4-11. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has struggled the last couple weeks.
Defensive player of the year: Broncos linebacker Von Miller edges out Texans defender JJ Watt.
Head Coach of the year: He is actually the assistant coach, but Bruce Arians of the Colts deserves this one for filling in when Chuck Pagano came down with lukemia. He edges out Pete Carroll of the Seahawks.
Comeback player of the year: Adrian Peterson. Less than one year after a devastating knee injury, he won the rushing title. He edges out Peyton Manning coming off the neck surgery.
Best story of the year: The Colts have a ton of heart. The cheerleaders shaving their heads bald in honor of their coach was what life is about. This entire team edges out Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning making their comebacks, as well as Calvin Johnson achieving the single season receiving record.
NFL 2012 Week 17 Prequel:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons (5)
(Falcons win but fail to cover)
New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills (3.5)
(Bills win but fail to cover)
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals (3.5)
(Upset special - Ravens win outright)
Chicago Bears (3) @ Detroit Lions
(Upset special - Lions win outright)
Houston Texans (4) @ Indianapolis Colts
(Texans win but fail to cover)
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints (4.5)
(Saints win but fail to cover)
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants (9)
(Giants win but fail to cover)
Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers (10)
(Steelers win but fail to cover)
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans (4)
Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos (16.5)
Green Bay Packers (3.5) @ Minnesota Vikings
(Upset special - Vikings win outright)
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots (10)
Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers (9.5)
(Chargers win but fail to cover)
St Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks (11)
(Seahawks win but fail to cover)
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers (16.5)
(49ers win but fail to cover)
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins (3.5) is the Sunday night game.
(Upset special - Cowboys win outright)
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian who is obsessed with the National Football League. There is no offseason. Every February he pretends to care about other sports while sobbing uncontrollably each Sunday until September. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.” When not watching football, his only other hobby is Republican, Jewish women. Republican, Jewish women, you may contact Eric above.
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