The Sports Awakening’s 1st Quarter NFL Awards

The NFL season has officially closed its first quarter of the season. There have been some teams that have disappointed and others that have surprised us. And just like there have been some surprising teams, there have also been some surprising players. If the season were over after this week, who would you have as the Offensive MVP, Defensive MVP, overall MVP of the league and Coach of the Year? Well, here are The Sports Awakening's first quarter MVPs for the 2018 season.

Offensive MVP- Running Back Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Starting this season, Kamara was looking at more usage due to the suspension of Mark Ingram to start the season. Many wondered how he would do taking on the challenge of being the main running back. Well, he seems to have done just fine. He currently has 275 yards rushing with a 4.9 yards per carry average and in the passing game, he is second on the team with 336 yards receiving. He is currently averaging 148 yards of total offense a game. Ingram may be coming back, but Kamara is showing that he is the man for this offense and the engine that keeps it running.

Defensive MVP-  Defensive End Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears

The Raiders were willing to part with Mack and the Bears were willing to pay the price. So far, so good for the Bears as Mack has been a beast for the Monsters of the Midway. Mack currently has 5 sacks, 1 interception and 17 total tackles, but his numbers are only part of what he brings. His presence on the Bears defense makes everyone on the defense better because of the attention he attacks. No one would have ever expected the Bears to start the season 3-1 and that start is squarely because of the defense and the presence of Mack.

MVP- Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Trading away your veteran starting quarterback for an unproven young quarterback is never a recipe for success or is it? The Chiefs traded Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins this offseason and handed the keys of the offense over to Patrick Mahomes. And with that, Kansas City has one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Mahomes has been phenomenal, throwing 14 touchdown passes with no interceptions and he also has one on the ground. He has led this Chief offense to being the number one scoring offense in the NFL so far and he seems to be learning and growing more with each performance (especially the gutsy performance in Denver on Monday Night Football). Why be the Most Improved player when you can be the MVP?

Coach of the Year- John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens

Going into this season, there wasn't very much expectations for the Ravens and Harbaugh was on the hot seat. Well, four games in, the Ravens are 3-1 and have the second-best point differential in the NFL so far at +58. Not a bad performance at all for a team that no one expected much from. Instead of potentially getting ready the pink slip, the Ravens may be getting ready to crank out the extension paperwork if this type of success keeps up.

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