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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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A good day for New York kickers -- but not the best

Nick Folk (2) celebrates his game-winning field goal

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It was a good day on Sunday for the New York players who actually put the "foot" in football.

Giants kicker Josh Brown was 5-for-5 in field goal attempts, supplying all of the Giants' 15 points during their win over the Eagles. It was the first time in Giants history the team has scored at least 15 points with all of the points a result of field goals. It was just the fourth time...

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An early look at the Giants' 2014 draft needs

Jadeveon Clowney of the South Carolina Gamecocks prepares

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The Giants are tied with Jacksonville for the worst record in football, but they are among the leaders in another race -- the one for the first overall draft pick in 2014.

Thanks to their 0-6 start, the Giants may have a top-10 pick in May's NFL draft for the first time since 2004, and could even be the first team on the clock at Radio City Music Hall. Luckily for them, there's no shortage...

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Eli Manning's interceptions more harmful than Geno Smith's

A photo composite shows Jets quarterback Geno Smith,

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Geno Smith and Eli Manning have been off-target, to say the least, this season.

The Jets and Giants quarterbacks, respectively, have tossed a combined 25 interceptions during the first six weeks of the seasons.

But those picks have come back to bite one franchise far more often than the other.

Here is Manning's interception log: Date Opponent Quarter Time Location Type of pass...

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Report: Ahmad Bradshaw done for the season

Indianapolis Colts runningback Ahmad Bradshaw celebrates following a

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Former Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw signed a one-year deal with the Colts after being released by the Giants, but his season is already over. 

Per Mike Florio of, Bradshaw will undergo surgery to repair a neck problem and will miss the rest of the year. 

Bad break for Bradshaw, who is one of the toughest NFL players you'll ever come across. He suffered...

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Hard Knocks lives on ...

Rex Ryan talks to reporters during training camp

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The immensely popular HBO/NFL Films series "Hard Knocks" will continue for the foreseeable future, thanks to a rule approved today by NFL owners meeting in Washington, D.C. 

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, league owners approved a rule today that will require one team to participate in the series each year - even if said team declines to volunteer to be on the show. In the...

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NFL nearly nixed no-huddle in late '80s

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly winks as

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The no-huddle offense may be very popular in the NFL, but it’s certainly not new.

In the 1980s, Sam Wyche introduced a hurry-up scheme to the NFL as head coach of the Bengals, and took it all the way to within a few minutes of a Super Bowl title. But there was a speed bump, so to speak, to his speedy offense along that road.

Like a good TV announcer, I’ll just get out of the way and...

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Maybe Victor Cruz was right

Victor Cruz #80 of the Giants celebrates during

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Remember when Victor Cruz signed his $46-million contract extension earlier this year and suggested he was worth more, certainly as much as the top free-agent receivers on the open market? Well, he may have had a point.

Despite signing a deal that makes him the highest-paid wide receiver in franchise history, the numbers suggest Cruz, who is considered an elite slot receiver, is every bit...

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NFL quick hits

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler drops back to

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- Since coming to the Bears in 2009, Jay Cutler has owned the Lions. He’s 7-1, has completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 1,802 yards, 12 touchdowns and only one interception. The Bears are at Detroit on Sunday.

- Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, who had a solid year with the Giants last year, is off to a terrific start so far with three touchdowns in his first three games.

- Going...

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The incredibly shrinking kickoff returns

Oakland Raiders' Jacoby Ford is tackled by Denver

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If it seems like there have been more touchbacks this season, that’s exactly the case. After the league moved kickoffs up to the 35-yard line in 2011, ostensibly to cut down on the number of returns to lower the injury, touchbacks have increased dramatically while returns have plummeted.

Especially this year.

Through three weeks, only 35.5 percent of kickoffs have been returned, the...

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