The league gives out awards for individual achievements, but what Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has done to change the face of a team is harder to quantify.
Kuechly was named NFC defensive player of the week after an impressive 11-tackle performance in a win over the 49ers, which included a sack and a pass defensed.
But his play in the middle has helped transform the Panthers into a legitimate NFC contender after a 1-3 start.
His instincts and physical style allowed the Panthers to move out linebacker Jon Beason (who is playing very well for the Giants now), which speaks to his talent. His coverage ability, which he showed chasing Vernon Davis around, will be tested this week against New England and Rob Gronkowski. But so far, Kuechly has passed every test.