NBA First Half Awards
With the season just over halfway done, let's look at the major awards. Feel free to disagree but it's James Hardens world right now and we're just living in it.
The Rams lost, but they still hold the top record in the NFC and are showing no signs of slowing down on offense. Todd Gurley scored a touchdown for the 12th straight game—a franchise record. Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 114 yards and a score against his former team, while Jared Goff completed 28-of-40 passes for 391 yards, three TDs and an interception.
Josh Gordon had his coming-out party with the Patriots, catching five passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. It's the second 100-yard game for Gordon in the past three contests.
Cordarrelle Paterson, the kick returner-turned-receiver-turned-halfback carried the rock 11 times for 61 yards and a touchdown versus Green Bay. James White rushed 12 times for 31 yards and two touchdowns and caught six passes for 72 yards in the victory for the Patriots, who have won six straight.
Patrick Mahomes remains the odds-on favorite for MVP, completing 23-of-32 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns in Kansas City's 37-21 rout of Cleveland. Mahomes recorded his eighth straight game with at least 300 passing yards, putting him in rare company.
With seven games still left to play, he has thrown 29 touchdowns and is one away from tying the franchise record for TD passes in a season set by Hall of Famer Len Dawson in 1964.
The Saints unseated the Rams behind the Big 3 of Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. Brees completed 25-of-36 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns. Kamara rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns and hauled in four passes for 34 yards and another score. Thomas had the best game of his career, catching 12 passes for 211 yards—a Saints single-game receiving record—and a 72-yard touchdown that essentially sealed the victory.
Keenan Allen broke out of his season-long slump, posting 124 receiving yards and adding 28 yards on the ground.
The visiting Chargers defeated the Russell Wilson-led Seahawks, the first time the Super Bowl champion quarterback lost a home game to an AFC opponent in his seven-year career.
The Panthers scored a franchise-record 35 points in the first half, eventually holding on for a 42-28 win over the Bucs.
Christian McCaffrey registered 79 rushing yards with two TDs and 78 receiving yards.
James Conner is the driving force behind the Steelers' resurgence and is performing better than Le'Veon Bell ever did. He mustered 163 total yards, running for 107 with 56 receiving yards and a TD reception.
Adam Thielen’s streak of 100-yard receiving games ended at eight, but he still caught a touchdown in the Vikings’ win over Detroit.
The Vikings set a franchise-record with 10 sacks.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter was the player of the game for Minnesota, posting 3.5 sacks and returning a Matthew Stafford fumble 32 yards for the touchdown.
The Eagles return from their bye to host the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
The Texans escaped Denver with a 19-17 win as Broncos kicker Brandon McManus clanked a a 51-yard field goal on the game's final play.
Winners of six in a row, the Texans look like the cream of the crop in the AFC South.
The Bengals received bad news during their bye week, as star wide receiver A.J. Green is expected to “miss some games” with a toe injury.
The Bears produced two defensive touchdowns in the second quarter of their 41-9 beatdown over the turnover-prone Bills. Safety Eddie Jackson scooped up a fumble and ran for a 65-yard score and linebacker Leonard Floyd intercepted a tipped pass and returned it for 19 yards and a touchdown.
The Ravens have lost four of five and head coach John Harbaugh is reportedly on the host seat in Baltimore, which has not made the playoffs since 2014.
First-place Washington laid an egg versus Atlanta. The passing game continues to struggle under Alex Smith and the rushing attack was stymied against a Falcons’ defense ranked in the bottom of the league in nearly every statistical category.
The undisciplined Redskins totaled 147 penalty yards, their most since 1971.
Julio Jones caught his first touchdown since Week 11 of the 2017 season, while Matt Ryan ripped the Redskins’ tough defense apart for 350 yards and four TDs. The Falcons won for the third consecutive time to place themselves back into the NFC playoff race.