NFL mid-season awards: Russell Wilson near-unanimous MVP

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles away from Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during overtime, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Seattle. (John Froschauer/AP)

With nine weeks of football in the books, we’ve officially hit the half-way point of the 2019 NFL season as each team has now played at least eight of its games.

It’s been a wild first half, with a few welcome surprises (Hello, 8-0 49ers), some big disappointments (We’re looking at you, 2-6 Browns) and a lot of spectacular individual performances.

So we figured what better time than now to look back on the first two-plus months of the campaign and pick out our major award winners based on the results of the 2019 season to this point.

Craig Battle (@cthomasbattle)

MVP – Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Offensive Player of the Year – Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Defensive Player of the Year – Stephon Gilmore, CB, New England Patriots
Comeback Player of the Year – Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
Defensive Rookie of the Year – Nick Bosa, DE, San Francisco 49ers
Coach of the Year – Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints

Donnovan Bennett (@donnovanbennett)

MVP – Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Offensive Player of the Year – Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
Defensive Player of the Year – Joey Bosa, DE, Los Angeles Chargers
Comeback Player of the Year – Earl Thomas, S, Baltimore Ravens
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Defensive Rookie of the Year – Nick Bosa, DE, San Francisco 49ers
Coach of the Year – Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints

Geoff Lowe (@GeoffALowe)

MVP – Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Offensive Player of the Year – Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Defensive Player of the Year – Stephon Gilmore, CB, New England Patriots
Comeback Player of the Year – Brandon Brooks, OG, Philadelphia Eagles
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
Defensive Rookie of the Year – Nick Bosa, DE, San Francisco 49ers
Coach of the Year – Frank Reich, Indianapolis Colts

Andy McNamara (@AndyMc81)

MVP – Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Offensive Player of the Year – Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Defensive Player of the Year – Shaquil Barrett LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Comeback Player of the Year – Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
Defensive Rookie of the Year – Nick Bosa, DE, San Francisco 49ers
Coach of the Year – Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers

Emily Sadler (@EmmySadler)

MVP – Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Offensive Player of the Year – Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Defensive Player of the Year – Myles Garrett, DE, Cleveland Browns
Comeback Player of the Year – Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
Defensive Rookie of the Year – Nick Bosa, DE, San Francisco 49ers
Coach of the Year – Matt LaFleur, Green Bay Packers

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