Handicapping the Defensive Player of the Year Race Heading into Week 14

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Handicapping the Defensive Player of the Year Race Heading into Week 14
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Von Miller, J.J. Watt, Aldon Smith, Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman all have staked their claim for the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, but which player has made the biggest impact heading into Week 14?

That's a question we aim to answer, though it's not an easy one to figure out. 

Unlike the MVP trophy, which should go to the player who would be missed the most should he not be on his team, this award is based on production. But seeing as how we're looking at four different positions out of these five players, there isn't necessarily a clear line of distinction.

No doubt many of you will not agree with my rankings, so feel free to disagree in the comments section below. 

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