The race for NFL Defensive Player of the Year continues to heat up heading into Week 13 play.
This year is being dominated by the young pass-rushers of the league. Fittingly so, as the NFL has become more and more of a passing game. At the same time, a certain veteran defensive back is making sure we don't forget about the secondary.
With five games to go, any of these candidates could come out on top by season's end. Here are the top five candidates for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.