There’s only one week to go in the 2018 NFL season, but so many questions remain unanswered. Who will win the Super Bowl, is Patrick Mahomes the league’s MVP, and will Tom Brady ever retire? We took to Twitter to take the pulse of the football nation heading into the biggest week of the year. Enjoy our eighth edition of Field Goal Twitter Polls.
Rookie of the Year
#NFL POLL: Who gets named Rookie of the Year?
— Betsology (@betsology) January 25, 2019
Is anyone else a bit surprised by the results here? Yes, Saquon Barkley was phenomenal this year, but Baker Mayfield made the Cleveland Browns relevant again. Mayfield succeeded as a rookie QB in Cleveland. Needless to say, QBs and Cleveland do not mix well. The case for Barkley is an easy one to make; he was second in the NFL with 1,307 rushing yards and first among all RBs with 16 plays of 20-plus yards. He ranked fifth with 11 scores on the ground. But Barkley was much more than a runner, he was as versatile as anyone in the league this year. His 91 receptions were topped only by Christian McCaffery’s 107, among RBs. Saquon was great, but is winning the award over Mayfield in a landslide vote justifiable?
Barkley receiving 88 percent of the vote would make sense in any other season. Mayfield was simply too much of a revelation on a Browns team that hasn’t been competitive in close to two decades. All Mayfield did this season was set an NFL rookie record for TD passes (27) while putting the Browns back on the map. He put up 3,725 yards and a 63.8 completion percentage, despite playing in only 14 games this season. Rookie of the Year voters will have to weigh impact when deciding between Barkley and Mayfield. Barkley was the Giants’ best player, but Mayfield succeeded in the toughest of circumstances.
POLL: If this is Gronk’s last #NFL game, where does he rank among the league’s all-time best TEs??
— Betsology (@betsology) January 20, 2019
The AFC Championship could have been Rob Gronkowski’s final NFL game. Unfortunately for the Patriots haters, it was not. Now, Super Bowl LIII presents that same question: could this be Gronk’s last time on a football field? At only 29 years old, the TE has been open about hanging up his cleats due to multiple injuries he’s suffered throughout his career. So, Betsology took to Twitter to see what football fans thought of Gronk’s place in NFL history.
His shortened career will never allow him to catch the all-time TE reception leaders, including Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez. But is there any question Gronk had as much of an impact as those two players on any given Sunday? In terms of matchup nightmares, Gronk has to rank up there with Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson. It was impossible to cover the guy during his prime. Gronk holds the single-season record for TDs and yards for a TE. What separates him the most is his ability to block. At the very least, he could be considered the greatest all-around TE to ever play the game. While a couple more years of production could have landed him a spot atop all NFL TEs, he may have to settle for a position inside the top-five.
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