Josh Norman's rise to elite-level cornerback has not been as sudden as we might think, but his performances this season embody the ascension of the 4-0 Carolina Panthers. Norman is not only providing big plays, he's giving a defense stacked with possibly the best linebacking corps in football a certain attitude they haven't had under Ron Rivera in years past. Just this past week, he told the officiating crew of the Panthers-Bucs game that he would do a ride the pony style celebration if he got a pick six.
Norman's pick six, his second this season and his fourth total interception in as many games, earned him defensive player of the week honors in the NFC.
In a week of big-time performances, Norman wasn't going to let himself be outshined.
Other award winners from this week...
Saints quarterback Drew Brees recovered nicely from a rather serious shoulder issue to torch the Dallas Cowboys in a tight 26-20 win last week. Brees went for 359 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also completed more than 80 percent of his passes; a stunning development considering he was on the sidelines just a week ago.