BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB/AP) – Bills quarterback Josh Allen was named a finalist for the The Associated Press 2022 NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
Allen was one of five finalists, alongside Eagles QB Jalen Hurts, Vikings WR Justin Jefferson, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, and Bengals QB Joe Burrow. Hurts, Jefferson and Mahomes were also named finalists for the Offensive Player of the Year award.
The winners will be announced at NFL Honors on Feb. 9. A nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league completed voting before the start of the playoffs.
Western New York native Brian Daboll, a former Bills offensive coordinator, was named a finalist for Coach of the Year award after leading the Giants to the playoffs.
Allen led the Bills to a 13-3 record in the regular season and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, where the team secured a Wild Card win against the Miami Dolphins. He had 35 touchdown passes and 4,283 yards on the year, including the longest pass of the season — a 98-yard touchdown to Gabe Davis.
Allen finished second in MVP voting in 2020. This season marked the first year for the AP’s new voting system, where voters chose a top 5 for MVP and top 3 for all other awards. For MVP, first-place were worth 10 points; second through fifth-place votes were worth 5, 3, 2 and 1 points.
• Hurts had 3,701 yards passing, 760 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns combined, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 14-3 record in the regular season and the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The Eagles (15-3) are in the NFC championship game for the second time in six seasons.
• Jefferson led the NFL with 128 catches and 1,809 yards receiving in his third season with the Minnesota Vikings. Jefferson was one of two unanimous choices for AP All-Pro along with Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
• Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP, helped Kansas City go 14-3 to earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The Chiefs (15-3) are in the AFC title game for the fifth straight season. They’ll host the Bengals. Mahomes led the NFL with 5,250 yards passing and 41 TDs. He received 49 of 50 votes for AP first-team All-Pro.
• Burrow’s Bengals went 12-4 while defending their AFC Championship and are scheduled to meet the Chiefs in the conference title game for the second year in a row. He threw for 4,475 yards, 35 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, recording at least one passing touchdown in every game.
Offensive Player of the Year
As mentioned above, Jalen Hurts, Justin Jefferson and Patrick Mahomes are finalists for Offensive Player of the Year award.
Defensive Player of the Year
San Francisco 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa, Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones and Dallas Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons are the finalists for AP Defensive Player of the Year.
Bosa led the NFL with 18 1/2 sacks, Jones had 15 1/2 and Parsons got 14 1/2.
Coach of the Year
Brian Daboll, Doug Pederson and Kyle Shanahan are the finalists for AP Coach of the Year award. Daboll led the New York Giants to a 9-7-1 record in his first season as head coach. Pederson guided the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 9-8 record and an AFC South title in his first year with the team. Shanahan led the San Francisco 49ers to a 13-4 mark, including 5-0 down the stretch with third-string rookie quarterback Brock Purdy.
Although the NFL included Bills coach Sean McDermott and WNYer Nick Sirianni of the Eagles in a graphic of finalists, the AP says non-MVP awards only have three finalists. McDermott appears to have finished fourth or fifth in voting.
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Purdy, Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III and New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson are the finalists for AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Purdy, the last player selected in the draft, began the season as third-string QB and stepped in after injuries to Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo. He led San Francisco to a 5-0 record down the stretch, two playoff wins and an appearance in the NFC championship game at Philadelphia.
Walker led all rookies with 1,050 yards rushing and nine TDs. Wilson led all rookies with 83 catches and 1,103 yards receiving.
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Jets cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Detroit Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson and Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen are the finalists for AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Comeback Player of the Year
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey and Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith are the finalists for AP Comeback Player of the Year.
Assistant Coach of the Year
Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen are the finalists for AP Assistant Coach of the Year.
This was the first year for the AP’s new voting system. Voters chose a top 5 for MVP and top 3 for all other awards. For MVP, first-place were worth 10 points. Second through fifth-place votes were worth 5, 3, 2 and 1 points.
For all the other awards, first-place votes equaled 5 points, second were 3 and third were 1.
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