Six weeks into the NFL season, some storylines are developing, and there have been two pleasant surprises so far: the Detroit Lions and the Miami Dolphins.
While both teams were expected to be good, they have thus far surpassed expectations, as both hold a 5-1 record and are excelling on the offensive side of the football.
As a result, per Action Network, head coaches Dan Campbell and Mike McDaniel are by far the leading betting favorites to win the Coach of the Year award.
It's looking like a two-horse race for NFL Coach of the Year 👀
Who's your pick to bring it home? pic.twitter.com/zIp2HsytKH
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) October 18, 2023
Campbell, who took over the Lions for the 2021 season, has injected lots of life into a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game since the 1991 campaign.
After starting last year 1-6, they won eight of their last 10 games, and this year, they’re fourth in points and third in yards.
Quarterback Jared Goff, as he did in 2022, is having a strong year, as he has completed 69.5 percent of his pass attempts and has thrown for 1,618 yards and 11 touchdowns, and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has 455 yards and three touchdowns in five games.
Meanwhile, McDaniel is presiding over a Miami offense that has been simply awesome.
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill already has 814 yards and six touchdowns through six games, while quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is first in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and passer rating.
The Dolphins have managed to stay on top of the NFL in points and yards despite not having star rookie running back De’Von Achane, who has a knee injury, for their last two games.
If they manage to get healthy and fix their defensive issues, they could he headed for their first trip to the Super Bowl since the 1984 season.NEXT: Mike McDaniel Claps Back At Tua Tagovailoa Doubters