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Our NFL mid-season award winners

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

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

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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Kansas City Chiefs' makeover pays dividends

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Head coach Andy

(Credit: Getty Rich Schultz)

It isn’t often a 2-14 team makes the playoffs the following season, but it sure looks like the Kansas City Chiefs are headed in that direction.

Thanks to the arrival of new head coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smith, as well as a reinvigorated defense using mostly the same players that were there last year, the Chiefs are 3-0 and the surprise team of the season so far.

Then...

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