We've reached a midpoint in the 2013 NFL campaign. How will the rest of the season play out? Our analysts provide their predictions, covering the major individual awards, playoff teams for each conference and picks for Championship Sunday/Super Bowl XLVIII.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Judy Battista: Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos. Has anything happened in the first eight games to change the preseason prediction? Just 29 touchdown passes (the second-most through eight games in NFL history) and 2,919 yards (the most at this point in NFL history). Manning will lock up this award if he performs well against the Kansas City Chiefs' powerhouse defense.
Jeff Darlington: Manning. As much as this award is certainly befitting of this fascinating season, it will mean very little if Manning can't turn his current success into postseason magic. Good job, Peyton. Now, keep it going into January.
Daniel Jeremiah: Manning. Manning might not be able to keep up his current pace, but his numbers still will be plenty good enough to secure his fifth MVP.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bucky Brooks: Manning. The guy is on pace to rewrite the record book with his sensational production this season. He has topped the 300-yard mark seven times in eight games and tossed 29 touchdowns against just six interceptions. Factor in the remarkable production of the Broncos' offense, and he deserves recognition as the NFL's top offensive threat.
Ian Rapoport: Manning. How good is Manning running his Denver offense? It's almost weird when they don't score at least 40 points.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Gil Brandt: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans. Hopkins is making an impact as a rookie, despite playing with three different quarterbacks this season. He's shown that he's much better than people anticipated. I also could see Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell making noise in this category by the end of the season.
Bucky Brooks: Lacy. The second-round pick quietly is putting his stamp on the Packers' offense with his hard-nosed running style. He has averaged 98.8 rushing yards per game over the past four contests while logging 20-plus carries in each game. Those numbers could translate into big production by season's end.
Daniel Jeremiah: Lacy. Lacy's power running has brought a new dimension to this Green Bay offense. And as the weather gets colder, his numbers will only improve.
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DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jeff Darlington: Alonso. When you have four interceptions in your first eight NFL games, it's difficult to top. Alonso is making a major impact already -- and he's only going to get better with more experience.
Elliot Harrison: Star Lotulelei, DT, Carolina Panthers. Perhaps Jets DT Sheldon Richardson has had a slightly better season thus far, at least statistically. But we must not forget that Lotulelei is playing a huge role on the league's No. 2 scoring defense and has started from Day 1. The space eater allows star linebacker Luke Kuechly to make plays.
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Kimberly Jones: Alonso. Love that he lets his play -- 81 tackles, four picks -- do the talking. Hasn't missed a snap all season. Not a snap.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Billick: The perils of perfection
Albert Breer: Reid. Sure, Kansas City's success is, in part, a sign of how messed up the culture had become previously. But there's no need to get cute with this call. Taking a two-win team from the prior season to 8-0 is plenty to make this decision an easy one, no matter how much talent is on hand.