With two regular-season weeks left, here’s a 2-minute drill of my 2013 NFL award winners before the Week 16 picks:
Player of the Year: Russell Wilson, Seattle – No gaudy stats, just wins, baby.
Coach of the Year: Andy Reid, Kansas City – Took 2-14 laughingstock to 11-3 and contention.
Rookie of the Year: Eddie Lacy, Green Bay – So good, the Packers have run plays now.
Defensive POY: Richard Sherman, Seattle – Shutdown guy with six picks.
Special Teams POY: Dexter McCluster, Kansas City – Great reason to punt out of bounds.
Most Improved Player: Alshon Jeffery, Chicago – He’s Megatron Junior.
The runners-up, in order: Peyton Manning, Pete Carroll, Keenan Allen, Robert Quinn, Cordarrelle Patterson, Nick Foles.
GAME OF THE WEEK
New Orleans (10-4) at Carolina (10-4) – Saints seemed powerless at St. Louis. Winner: Panthers. Their only loss in past 10 was at New Orleans in Week 14, and Saints don’t travel well. Fantasy Football: Cam Newton should produce far more than Rams’ Kellen Clemens did vs. Saints.
GAME OF THE WEAK
Tennessee (5-9) at Jacksonville (4-10) – Home has not been good for the Jaguars (1-6). Winner: Titans. They lost by 2 at home in first meeting and should be motivated. FF: Titans WR Kendall Wright is emerging.
GAMBLE OF THE WEEK
Saints coach Sean Payton benched USC’s Charles Brown and will start rookie Terron Armstead at left tackle vs. Panthers. Judging LTs off their work vs. Quinn isn’t a good idea, and Brown kept Greg Hardy at bay two weeks ago (no sacks, 1 tackle).
Miami (8-6) at Buffalo (5-9) – It’s a tough place for Dolphins to play this time of year. Winner: Dolphins. Their momentum will carry the day. FF: Bills start Thad Lewis at QB for E.J. Manuel.
Minnesota (4-9-1) at Cincinnati (9-5) – Bengals are smarting after poor showing in Pittsburgh. Winner: Bengals. Still no consistency, but Cincinnati is the far better team with Adrian Peterson ailing. FF: Matt Cassel has a hot hand for Vikings.
Denver (11-3) at Houston (2-12) – Matt Schaub starts for Texans with Case Keenum out. Winner: Broncos. No Wes Welker, no matter. FF: For some reason, sensing a pick-6 or two by Broncos defense.
Indianapolis (9-5) at Kansas City (11-3) – Colts won 20-13 in K.C. last year. Winner: Chiefs. Reid has revved up the offense the past two weeks, and special teams remain supreme. FF: Jamaal Charles is sizzling.
Dallas (7-7) at Washington (3-11) – This week’s upset special. Winner: Redskins. Injury-ridden Cowboys defense can’t stop anyone, and the offense forgetting to run doesn’t help. FF: Kirk Cousins, Alfred Morris should thrive.
Cleveland (4-10) at N.Y. Jets (6-8) – Rex Ryan’s last Jets home game? Winner: Browns. They have a better QB, and no one on Jets offense comes close to Josh Gordon in talent. FF – Still no Jet worth starting in any league, except K Nick Folk.
Tampa Bay (4-10) at St. Louis (6-8) – Quinn meets Mike Glennon. Often. Winner: Rams. Their pass rush beat up Drew Brees last week, and D held Jimmy Graham to two catches. FF – Over/under on Quinn sacks is 3.5.
Arizona (9-5) at Seattle (12-2) – The Cardinals need this badly to get into playoffs. Winner: Seahawks. Wilson is 14-0 at home, and Arizona in wrong place at wrong time. FF: Wilson had 3 TD passes, no picks at Arizona in first meeting.
N.Y. Giants (5-9) at Detroit (7-7) – The turnover possibilities here are endless. Winner: Lions. Eli Manning has thrown 25 picks, Matthew Stafford 17 (9 in past 4 weeks). FF: Rueben Randle might get more NY targets with Victor Cruz out.
New England (10-4) at Baltimore (8-6) – Tom Brady won’t get “Tuckered” out. Winner: Patriots. Ravens need TDs to win here, and Joe Flacco’s in a knee brace. FF: Expect a strong showing by Shane Vereen.
Oakland (4-10) at San Diego (7-7) – Raiders have lost four in a row since I thought they were making progress. Winner: Chargers. Philip Rivers & Co. avenge 27-17 loss Oct. 6 at Oakland. FF: Ryan Matthews bids for third 100-yard game in a row, should get it.
Pittsburgh (6-8) at Green Bay (7-6-1) – The Steelers are just 2-5 on road. Winner: Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger won’t help Packers with Tony Romo-like blunders. FF: No one present to slow Steelers’ Antonio Brown.
Chicago (8-6) at Philadelphia (8-6) – The best rookie coaches vie. Winner: Eagles. Chip Kelly will make sure his defense’s 48-point yield at Minnesota was an anomaly. FF: LeSean McCoy rebounds with a big day.
Atlanta (4-10) at San Francisco (10-4) – 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says he watches a lot of “Judge Judy.” Winner: 49ers. This matchup is far less compelling than the courtroom reality show. FF: Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez has 3-game TD streak, and should bow out on MNF in style.
Bloom 2013 record: 128-78-1