This is Chris Miller from Yard Barker.
Week 17 is upon us.
So let's think about the NFL's major awards without the waste.
Too much time with the M V P.
That's gonna be Lamar Jackson's.
Instead, let's take a look at the top three choices for offensive and defensive player of the year.
We'll start on defense.
Third place goes to Arizona's Chandler Jones.
He leads the league in stacks with 19.
He's got eight forced fumbles that also leads the league.
Frankly, he played for a better team in a bigger market.
He might well win the award.
Unless Shack Baron is a huge game, Jones will end up leading the league in sacks for the second time in three seasons.
Pittsburgh's TJ What takes second place? What's fifth in the league? He's got 14 sacks, second in the league with seven forced fumbles, and he's also second in the league with 34 quarterback hits.
He, along with Meghan Fitzpatrick, has been the reason for the Steelers dramatic defensive turn around this season.
Taking home the cake, though, is New England's to farm Gilmore.
He's tied for the league lead with six interceptions.
He's got to pick sixes and he leaves the NFL with 19 passes. Defended.
He's a lot of anemic 35.
7 passer rating went targeted in New England's defense is still outstanding, despite it tailing off slightly after this story start they had, and Gilmore is the main reason why onto the offensive side of the ball number three.
Carolina's Christian McCaffrey.
The Panthers were bad.
They don't have Cam Newton, but it's not McCaffrey's fault.
He's got the NFL lead in yards from scrimmage.
He's 60 seven, receiving yards from having 1000 and rushing and receiving in the same season.
He'd be only the third player ever to do that, along with Roger Craig and Marshall Folk, and he's got an outside shot at breaking Chris Johnson's yards from scrimmage record of 2509.
Coming in at number two newly crowned single season receptions champion Michael Thomas of New Orleans.
He's got 145 catches for 16 188 yards.
Obviously, both of those numbers lead the league this year.
He could put the record out of reach for the big week 17 and most impressively, he has not missed a beat in the five games.
Drew Brees has been out earlier in the season.
When that happened, Thomas still averaged eight catches for 100 10 yards per game.
With Teddy Bridgewater in there, of course, taken home number one offense of Player of the Year is Lamar Jackson.
The numbers are eye popping, league leading 36 touchdown passes, 1206 yards rushing in seven touchdowns on the ground in a 113.
3 passer rating.
But the numbers don't do him justice.
Jackson has been one of the most unique, electrifying, thrilling players in recent NFL history and perhaps all time, and he could end up transforming the quarterback position forever.
So there you have your three offensive and defensive player that your candidates for yard barker on Chris smaller.