Sep 27, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (24) intercepts a pass in the end zone intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) late in the fourth quarter. The Panthers defeated the Saints 27-22 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Corner: Josh Norman, Aqib Talib
Safety: Harrison Smith, T.J. Ward
Josh Norman had a nice season in 2014, but man, he seemed to just come out of nowhere. The Panthers corner has four interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns, in just four games. Norman also has a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a stuff and eight pass breakups. Aqib Talib has been playing very well, shutting down opposing receivers on a regular basis as a part of Denver’s formidable defense that is the NFL’s best. Talib has five pass deflections and two interceptions, returning one of those picks to the house. He also has a run stuff and a blocked kick.
Harrison Smith is the best safety in the NFL by a long shot, at least as of four weeks through the season. Smith has 26 tackles, a forced fumble, an interception, two pass deflections and a run stuff. Smith’s stats don’t tell the whole story, though. He has been great in coverage; the Vikings have rarely (if ever) been beat deep this season because Smith can always make a play on the ball. Yet another Bronco, T.J. Ward, has been playing fantastic football–that’s not much of a surprise. Ward has accumulated 19 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, a pass deflection and two stuffs. He’s been an enforcer in both the pass and run games, and his forced fumble against the Vikings helped the Broncos secure a victory.