Our NFL mid-season award winners

Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos. (Getty)

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Halfway through an NFL season filled with the usual dose of surprises, disappointments, and assorted other highs and lows, we offer up our mid-season award winners:

MVP: Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos. Amazingly, at age 37 and not far removed from FOUR neck surgeries, Manning is on pace to shatter single-season records for touchdown passes and passing yardage.

Offensive player: Manning....

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Oh, so now Revis fesses up?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis stretches on

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Among the many things that have drawn criticism in Tampa, where the Bucs are still winless at 0-7, was the team's use of recently acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was traded from the Jets in the offseason.

Specifically, head coach Greg Schiano and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan were ripped for not using Revis in man-to-man coverage, instead using him in a more conservative Cover...

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Alex Smith's excellent adventure

Kansas City Chiefs Alex Smith scrambles in the

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Alex Smith may not be the most prolific quarterback in today's NFL, but it's hard to argue with what he's doing so far with the Chiefs.

That a team coming off a 2-14 season is the only remaining unbeaten is due in large part to the efficient Smith, who has become the first quarterback in NFL history to reach an 8-0 record with a new team.

Plus, Smith's 27-5-1 record since 2011 is tied...

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From Super Bowl to super low

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, right, is congratulated by

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Less than 21 months ago, Tom Brady faced Eli Manning in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Today, the two quarterbacks are near the bottom of the NFL's passer rating list.

Brady is 27th with a rating of just 74.9, more than 20 points below his career rating of 95.6. And Manning, who had 15 interceptions in the Giants' 0-6 start, is 31st at 68.4.

Ouch.  ...

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Josh Freeman's fall from grace

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman watches from the

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The Minnesota Vikings figured they could get something out of former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, and signed him for the remainder of the 2013 after Tampa released the former first-round pick.

But after working with Freeman for nearly a month and seeing him perform miserably in his one and only start against the Giants two weeks ago, Minnesota is sticking with embattled starter Christian...

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Quick hits: Geno Atkins, Robert Mathis, John Harbaugh

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush is stopped

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-- There were four players who returned interceptions for touchdowns last week, increasing the league-wide total to 34 through eight games. That's the most interception return TDs in that span since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

-- Can't underestimate the significance of the Bengals losing defensive tackle Geno Atkins to a season-ending knee injury on Thursday night. Atkins is the heart and soul...

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