At the midpoint of the 2017 NFL season, our analysts refresh their predictions on the major individual awards, the entire playoff field and Championship Sunday/Super Bowl LII outcomes.
All winners will be announced at NFL Honors on Saturday, February 3, at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Maurice Jones-Drew: Brady. Others are having big -- even career -- years, but no one is as consistent or valuable.
Ike Taylor: Brady. No 40-year-old quarterback has done, well, anything Brady is doing.
Charley Casserly: Brady. I know it's a boring pick. He is having another outstanding year despite the loss of his favorite target, Julian Edelman. The defense started off poor. He has brought the Pats back to win games and improved over the course of the first half of the season.
Heath Evans: Brady. Regardless of circumstance, Brady continues to get better. At this point, I don't think he'll ever retire.
Alex Gelhar: Smith. His play (deep passing, in particular) has unlocked the Kansas City offense and is what's keeping the Chiefs at the top of the AFC.
Adam Rank: Smith. I was set to go with Tom Brady here. But Smith did steal the win in Week 1. And while I would certainly lean toward Brady in a playoff rematch, we're talking about a regular-season award -- and nobody has played better than Smith. Even up against a great defense this past Monday night, Smith found a way to win. And you might want to say, "Well, that's because the Broncos don't have a QB." And I'd be all, "Yeah, that's my point."
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Steve Wyche: Bell. Bell walks away with this. Pittsburgh uses him so much in the run and passing games, and he delivers the goods.
Ike Taylor: Bell. Bell is the catalyst for the league's most dangerous offense.
Heath Evans: Bell. There aren't many others on Bell's level.
Reggie Wayne: Brady. He's 40 and still dicing up defenses.
Alex Gelhar: Wentz. Few players have performed as well -- or with such dazzling ability -- as Wentz this season. He's truly taken the next step.
Adam Rank: Brady. I know, the fantasy community is going crazy over other quarterbacks in the league. But this has been one of the most impressive Brady seasons I can remember. The defense struggled greatly in the early goings, but Brady once again has the Patriots in the mix for the AFC's top seed and should be considered the favorite.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jeffri Chadiha: Campbell. He has 10 sacks through seven games and Jacksonville's defense is scarier than ever. Case closed.
Maurice Jones-Drew: Campbell. Campbell lit a spark in the Jags' defense. This unit is playing better, and Campbell, although in his first year in Jacksonville, is the leader.
Charley Casserly: Campbell. He has taken this Jaguars defense -- and team -- to another level. Can play DE and DT and is a factor against the run and pass.
Adam Schein: Campbell. He has the numbers and the intangibles to capture this award as he leads the Jaguars.
Reggie Wayne: Campbell. Joining the Jags was a wise move for Campbell. He's right in the mix to lead the league in sacks and won't be stopped now.
Alex Gelhar: Donald. The stats might not be backing this up (yet), but no player possesses more game-wrecking ability than Donald.
OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
UPDATE: After the publishing of this piece, news broke that dynamic Houston rookie Deshaun Watson suffered a torn ACL in practice Thursday. The Texans QB is out for the season.
Gil Brandt: Watson. The first-round pick has elevated the Texans' offense considerably, pushing Houston to an NFL-best 30.2 points per game after the Texans averaged just 17.4 points per game (T-28th) in 2016. He also has posted three-plus touchdown passes in four consecutive games, a record for a rookie.
Maurice Jones-Drew: Hunt. There are a lot of rookies doing big things, but Hunt is literally running away with this one.
Charley Casserly: Watson. He leads the Texans to the division championship with his arm, not his legs!
Heath Evans: Watson.I picked Dalvin Cook in the preseason, but his season-ending injury takes him out of the running. Plus, this award usually goes to a quarterback.
Adam Schein: Watson. It's over. It's magical.
Reggie Wayne: Hunt. He took the league by storm and is doing things no rookie has done.
Alex Gelhar: Watson. Watson breaks a record seemingly every week and is the reason Houston is in playoff contention despite losing two of their top three defensive players.
Adam Rank: Watson. The Texans have been one of the best defensive teams in the league for some time, always looking for a QB. Now they lose the defense just as they get a young signal caller. But the fun thing is, they might be better off. Not might. Are.
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jeffri Chadiha: Watt. J.J.'s younger brother is making a fine name for himself in his first season.
Steve Wyche: White. He is making plays and getting better. With the Bills likely in the hunt, he'll be put on the spot.
Ike Taylor: Watt. J.J. who? The youngest Watt is making his own name with four sacks and a pick in six games.
Reggie Wayne: Watt. He's having the best statistical season of any rookie.
Alex Gelhar: Lattimore. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more team-altering defensive rookie than Lattimore, who is reshaping the Saints' defensive image with his stellar play.
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ike Taylor: Thomas. Sticking with my pick from the preseason. Seven games in with five passes defensed, one interception and a forced fumble. I love how this guy plays.
Charley Casserly: Gurley. He edges out his teammate Jared Goff in my mind. Both are deserving of the award, but Gurley is a better player at his position.
Adam Rank: Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams. Goff was considered a bust after a failed rookie campaign, but it was clearly not his fault. Like, not at all. And I know Carson Wentz has looked great this year, but I still feel like the Rams ended up with the better quarterback. We won't fully see it until next year.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Gil Brandt: McVay. The first-year head coach has already notched more wins in seven games (five) than the Rams did all last season (four). The offense is also averaging 30 points per game after putting up just 14 per game in 2016.
Maurice Jones-Drew: McVay. I've watched what McVay's done weekly. He's energetic and has this team rolling.
Ike Taylor: McVay. This is an entirely different team from the one we saw a year ago. The Rams believe they can win -- and are doing just that.
Charley Casserly: Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills. He edges out Sean McVay. McDermott has done more with less.
Heath Evans: Adam Gase, Miami Dolphins. Everyone overlooks Miami, but Gase could lead the Fins to the playoffs for a second straight year.
Adam Schein: McDermott. His stamp is all over the Bills, who lack talent but outkick it because of the coach.
Reggie Wayne: McVay. He's 31 years old and completely turned the organization around in a matter of months.
Adam Rank: McVay. It's hard to put into words how night-and-day the Los Angeles Rams look this year as opposed to last. It's like when you go back and watch the special effects of a 1980s movie like "Flash Gordon," then compare that product to the new Star Wars or something. And that might not be selling it enough.