The folks over at NFL.com gave out some mid-season awards, and the Chiefs were all over the offensive side of things.
First off, it should be noted that these are not real awards. They do not *really *mean anything, and we know this, but it doesn't stop us from wanting to know what the national perception is of our players and what they have done in comparison to other players around the league.
And from an individual perspective, there's plenty of respect out there for what some of the Chiefs have accomplished through eight games.
According to a panel of 12 NFL.com analysts, Chiefs' quarterback Alex Smith was voted as the MVP by three people (Jeffri Chadiha, Alex Gelhar, Adam Rank), which only trails the Patriots' Tom Brady, who was given seven of the 12 votes.
Smith leads the NFL in passer rating (115.4), yards per attempt (8.42), and has thrown 16 touchdowns without an interception already this season.
As far as the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, Chiefs' running back Kareem Hunt was voted in four times, which only trails the Texans' Deshaun Watson, who earned seven votes.
Hunt currently leads the NFL with 763 yards rushing.
The only defensive player for the Chiefs who earned an award was linebacker Justin Houston, who was named the mid-season Comeback Player of the Year by Gelhar.
Houston has 7.5 sacks this season, which ties him for seventh in the league. He played in just five games last year because of a knee injury.
NFL.com analysts Chris Wesseling and Matt Harmon also announced their mid-season All-Pro teams, and the Chiefs were heavily mentioned from both guys, and each broke it down in a different way.
Here's the explanation of how they broke it down:
"With eight weeks of the 2017 NFL campaign in the books, Chris Wesseling and Matt Harmon provide their Midseason All-Pro teams. Where do Wesseling's seasoned eye and Harmon's Next Gen Stats-based evaluations differ -- and where do they converge?"
While Smith and his phenomenal start were mentioned as a possibility in the quarterbacks' section, those honors ultimately went to Tom Brady (Wesseling) and Russell Wilson (Harmon).
But at running back, that was a clean sweep Hunt.
Here's part of what they said about Hunt, via NFL.com:
*"Wesseling: You can count on one hand the number of backs in nearly 100 years of NFL action with better numbers in the first two months of their careers... What has jumped off the tape, though, is the combination of uncanny balance and never-say-die physicality with which the rookie punishes tacklers and adds yards after contact."*
*"Harmon: Hunt proved himself to be no fluke with sustained excellence throughout the year. Already one of the most difficult running backs to bring down, Hunt averages 4.76 rushing yards after defenders close within one yard of him (the NFL average is 3.6), the second-most among backs with 60-plus carries."*
At tight end, Wesseling gave the award to Travis Kelce, while Harmon went with the Eagles' Zach Ertz.
Here's part of what Wesseling said:
*"Wesseling: Rob Gronkowski remains the league's best all-around tight end. Going back to last November, though, Kelce has overtaken the perennial All-Pro as a matchup nightmare for safeties, clearing the century mark in eight of his last 15 regular-season games…He leads all tight ends in receptions (44), receiving yards (556) and yards after the catch (207), per NFL Research."*
At kicker, Harmon went with Chiefs' rookie Harrison Butker, who was just named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month.
Here's what Harmon said:
"Harmon: Not often does a kicker become a national sensation, but we're almost there with "Buttkicker," thanks to his prime-time efforts. Snagging him off the Carolina Panthers' practice squad, the Chiefs got a true gem. He's the finishing piece for one of the NFL's best offenses, knocking back 94.7 percent of his field-goal attempts this season and all of his extra points."
At returner, Wesseling went with Tyreek Hill over the Raiders' Cordarrelle Patterson.
Here's what he said:
*"Wesseling: Cordarrelle Patterson is the most electrifying kickoff specialist of the past half-decade, but that species is going the way of the fullback in the golden age of the touchback. Hill's difference-making speed and elusive short-area quickness make him the most dangerous player with the ball in his hands."*
Overall, the Chiefs were mentioned five times in the 26 offensive awards given out here by Wesseling and Harmon, which is the most for any team in the league.
The Steelers and Rams each had four mentions, while no other team had more than two.
For the full breakdown, follow this link.