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NFL: Player of the Year Candidates Include Bills Josh Allen, Chiefs Patrick Mahomes, and Packers Aaron Rodgers

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NFL: Player of the Year Candidates Include Bills Josh Allen, Chiefs Patrick Mahomes, and Packers Aaron Rodgers

2021-01-14 11:17:05

 

-Posted by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen led the Bills to a win over the Colts in the Wild Card round. (Image Source: Jeffrey T. Barnes / Associated Press)

The National Football League and FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced today quarterbacks Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills), Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) and Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) are the finalists for the 2020 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year honors, while running backs Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings), Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans) and Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints) are the finalists for the 2020 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year

In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl LV, fans have the chance to cast their vote for the one quarterback and one running back they feel had the year's best Air & Ground performances. Today through February 2 at 3:00 pm ET, fans can cast their vote for each category at nfl.com/fedex or via a Twitter poll on the @NFL official handle.

FedEx will announce the 2020 FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year winners at NFL Honors presented by Invisalign, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Feb. 6, the night before Super Bowl LV, from 9-11 PM (ET and PT) on CBS.

For more information, visit nfl.com/fedex or follow the conversation on Twitter at @NFL.

A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year finalists: 

  • Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had the fourth-highest passer rating (107.2) in the league this season and ranked fifth in both passing yards (4,544) and touchdown passes (37), each Buffalo single-season franchise records as the Bills earned their first division title since 1995. He also had eight rushing touchdowns and became the first player with at least 4,500 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns in a single season in NFL history. Allen recorded eight games with at least 300 passing yards, tied for the third-most in the league this season.
  •  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes ranked second the NFL with 4,740 passing yards and ranked fourth with 38 touchdown passes to help the Chiefs earn their third consecutive AFC West Division title and the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC playoffs. He became the third player with at least 4,000 passing yards in three of his first four seasons in NFL history, joining Peyton Manning and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino. Mahomes, who had the second-most games with at least 300 passing yards this season (nine), became the first player with at least 30 completions and 300 passing yards in four consecutive games (Week 8-9, Week 11-12) in league annals.
  • ·Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the NFL with a career-high 48 touchdown passes this season, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (48 touchdown passes in 1984) for the fifth-most touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history, and became the first player in league annals with three seasons of at least 40 touchdown passes to help the Packers earn the NFC North division title and No. 1 overall seed in the NFC playoffs. He also led the NFL with a 121.5 passer rating – the second-highest single-season mark by a quarterback in league history, trailing only the 122.5 rating he had in 2011 – and became the first quarterback in NFL history with a passer rating of 100-or-higher in 14 games within a single season in league history. Rodgers had 12 games with at least three touchdown passes this season, tied with Tom Brady (12 games in 2007) for the most such games in a single season in NFL history.​

A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year finalists: 

  • Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook ranked second in the NFL with a career-high 1,557 rushing yards and ranked tied for second with a career-best 16 rushing touchdowns. He registered the second-most games with at least 100 rushing yards (eight) in 2020 and became the sixth player in NFL history – first since Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (1994) – with a rushing touchdown in each of his first seven games of a season. In Week 8 and Week 9, Cook third player in league annals with at least 225 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (1963) and Deuce McAllister (2003).
  • Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry led the NFL with 2,027 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns in 2020 and became the eighth player in league annals to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a season. He became the first player in NFL history to record three games with at least 200 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a single season. Henry, who led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards and was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Year in 2019, is the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (2006-07) to lead the league in rushing yards in consecutive seasons.

  • ·New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara led the league in scrimmage touchdowns (21) and ranked third with 1,688 scrimmage yards (932 rushing, 756 receiving). In Week 16, he recorded six rushing touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Ernie Nevers (1929) for the most in a single game in NFL history. Kamara, who recorded five games with at least two touchdowns this season, has 18 career games with two-or-more touchdowns, tied for the most by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history.

 

 
 

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