We looked at who was the offensive MVP for the Arizona Cardinals on Monday. It was an expected landslide, with quarterback Carson Palmer taking more than 60 percent of the vote. When you are a league MVP candidate, that probably means you will be the MVP of your team. It makes sense.
Today we let you vote on the defensive MVP. It isn't as cut and dried. Here are your candidates:
Patrick Peterson: Peterson did not have eye-popping numbers in terms of interceptions, but he was a shutdown guy all year. He had two interceptions on the year, but he mostly was just avoided. Several times this season he held his primary assignment to no catches. That cover ability made defensive scheming easier for DC James Bettcher.
Tyrann Mathieu: The Badger was a playmaker. He had 89 tackles, five picks and a sack. He defended a ton of passes. He is probably going to be in the mix for Defensive Player of the Year. We also saw what happened when he went down. The defense didn't look the same.
Dwight Freeney: After being signed off the street midway through the season, he ended up leading the team with nine sacks. Several game in the most timely of moments -- including a game-clinching sack of Teddy Bridgewater to seal the win against the Vikings.
Deone Bucannon: Buc became a star at linebacker, even though he is still considered a safety. They even made up a position for him -- $LB. The team credited him with over 120 tackles. He had an interception, three sacks and three forced fumbles. To put that in perspective, he and Thomas Davis -- considered one of the best linebackers in the game -- were the only two players in the league to have at least 100 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception.