The Defensive Player of the Year has yet to emerge. Someone could put together a dominant December and become the consensus favorite for the award, but that hasn't happened yet.
Watt's sack numbers aren't as flashy as last year, but he actually has more quarterback hits than he did one year ago at this time. He has three forced fumbles and leads the league in tackles for loss. Watt also passes the eye test. He's the most dominant defensive player in football. Isn't that what this award is about?
6. Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks: I'm not smart enough to understand Thomas' greatness. That's probably true of anyone who doesn't break down Thomas on All-22 footage each week. He's a player who doesn't show up in the stat sheet a ton, although his solo tackle numbers will soar past his career highs.
Thomas' closing speed and awareness are exceptional. Like Bob Sanders in 2008, Thomas has a chance to become a voter favorite.