With the end of the season approaching, we are switching gears this week. Let's take a look at which players are moving up and down in the major award races.
Peyton Manning is running away with the MVP trophy. Just when it appeared that Russell Wilson was gaining on him, Manning produced his most impressive two-game stretch of the season, dropping bombs on the Chiefs and Titans in cold weather. However, Manning threw an untimely fourth-quarter pick in Thursday's shocking loss to the Chargers.
We're at the same place we were a week ago, with no clear winner. All six players atop Gregg Rosenthal's DPOY list were on the losing side of the Week 15 scoreboard. J.J. Watt may well end up being regarded as the most dominant defensive player of his generation, but his team's games essentially have been rendered meaningless over the past few weeks.
Allen has shown no signs of slowing down, scoring twice on the Giants while playing through a shoulder injury. He followed up that performance with a two-catch, two-touchdown game against the Broncos on Thursday. Lacy toughed out an ankle injury of his own, getting more than what was blocked for against the Falcons last week. Bernard was arguably the best player on the field in the Bengals' win over the Colts, totaling 148 yards from scrimmage. This is a tight battle.
Meanwhile, no team is hotter than Chip Kelly's Eagles squad, which is threatening to pull away from the Cowboys in the NFC East. Sean Payton deserves credit for resurrecting the Saints. By that measure, Arians belongs in the discussion after turning a franchise around for the second consecutive season. This award is too close to call.