Curtis Lofton is the man.
That may seem to be an odd way to start off a discussion-based post, but it's most certainly true. This is a dude who leads the league in tackles—not a marquee or even particularly critical stat, but it's worth recognizing—and has been in on seemingly every play this season. With a pair of jarring hits which forced fumbles and a pair of pass deflections, he's quietly making things happen beyond the stops, and it would seem to me that he's got a good chance to get his due from the
completely asinine wonderful arena of the Pro Bowl.
I know I've asked this before, but what do you think young Lofton's ceiling is after having seen him play this season? Do you think he'll have a big game against the Panthers, where his run-stopping skills will be needed against a terrific Teal Cats ground game? Will we ever come up with a really awesome nickname for him?
Crash in like a killer whale at a seal bar mitzvah, if you would.