NFL Awards Given Out, Eagles to Franchise Foles, Lakers Lose to Warriors as Trouble Brews

Jonathan Grant | February 3rd, 2019

Week after week, Pat Mahomes was the star of the NFL season. From seemingly nowhere, the former Texas Tech quarterback has become the most exciting player in the league to watch, and his season was rewarded on Saturday night as he was named NFL MVP. In fact, the voting wasn’t even close. In a season where he threw for 50 touchdowns and over 5,000 yards, Mahomes also was the runaway choice for Offensive Player of the Year. He collected 41 votes to Drew Brees’ nine in the MVP race, showing just how good he was and how respected by his peers and the media he is. Defensive Player of the Year went to a familiar face, with Aaron Donald winning it for the second year in a row. He also won the award in a landslide after leading the L.A. Rams to the Super Bowl with a league-high 20.5 sacks. He joins fine company in winning the award twice in a row, joining a list of just two: L.T. Lawrence Taylor and J.J. Watt. Andrew Luck won the Comeback Player of the Year after leading the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs after missing all of 2017. Chicago Bears’ coach Matt Nagy won Coach of the Year honors and his former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio took Assistant Coach of the Year as well.

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There have been major question marks in the past few weeks over the status of Nick Foles with the Philadelphia Eagles, but it looks like we might have our answer. Most expected the team to let him leave, but it now looks like, reportedly, they could be set to slap the franchise tag on him. But it’s all just in a bid to trade him anyway in a convoluted mess. The Eagles can renew his contract, but Foles can pay just $2 million to get out of it. If he does that, they’ll be forced to put the franchise tag on him or lose him for virtually nothing. That’s why this news has come out.

With no LeBron James involved, you’d think the Golden State Warriors home game against the L.A. Lakers wouldn’t have been all that noteworthy. However, that is definitely not been found to be the case. After jumping out to a pretty good size lead early on, the Warriors allowed the Lakers to get back into it. In fact, the Lakers ended up being the team in control towards the end of the game. But all that seemed to do was get the Warriors fired up. Led by Klay Thompson and his 28 points, they clawed their way back from a deficit that shouldn’t have ever happened. Stephen Curry didn’t make a shot until midway through the fourth quarter in the 115-101 win, but it still didn’t matter when you have so many weapons around you. And according to sources, Luke Walton took out his frustration on a number of Lakers players for ‘selfishness’ in the locker room. Some have said that there is a goal to get Walton out of town. It’s starting to work, by the looks out things. It really is.

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