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NFL fans view Aaron Donald as the Defensive Player of the Year

Plus, Rams fans had their confidence grow over the bye week.

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I probably don’t need to tell you that Los Angeles Rams fans weren’t feeling great entering the bye week. The Rams had just suffered an offensively-inept loss to the Miami Dolphins, and now had to wait two weeks for a chance to get back on track.

That can be frustrating for a fan, but in the case of the Rams fans it actually helped calm down the nerves. LA fans took a week off from watching the Rams, perhaps had a fun time watching Tom Brady get clobbered on Sunday Night Football, took in a few cold ones, and realized that maybe they’re in better shape than they thought.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, which I highly recommend that you sign up for because ... well because it’s fun ... confidence in the direction of the team jumped up to 74% over the bye week, after being at just 50% following the Miami loss.

The Rams may have lost their last game, but it was through no fault of their defense. And when we asked NFL fans who should win Defensive Player of the Year, it turns out they’re a smart and honorable munch, who opted for defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who earned 38% of the vote to narrowly beat out Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker TJ Watt.

So that’s the good news. The bad news — albeit not surprising — is that NFL fans think that the Rams are headed for defeat in Week 10 when they host the Seattle Seahawks.

Elsewhere in our awards surveys, NFL fans chose Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes as MVP, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook as Offensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert as the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores as the Coach of the Year.

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