RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is tied for the league lead with six interceptions. His teammate Earl Thomas is one behind with five interceptions. So who would Sherman vote for right now at the NFL's defensive player of the year?
"I would have to give it to Earl," Sherman said. "I think if there is anywhere that the defensive player of year should be, it should be in Seattle, whether it's myself or Earl. But Earl is having a fantastic year. He's flying around tackling everywhere, forcing fumbles, getting interceptions. I don't think there is anybody out there playing better defense, and our defense is number one in the league. So I think he should get it."
Sunday could be a big game for both players. One of Thomas' interceptions this season came in the Arizona game two months ago, and Sherman is at his best when the Seahawks play the Cardinals. Sherman's 18 interceptions over the past three seasons are the best in the NFL, something the Cardinals have seen all too often. Sherman's four interceptions against Arizona are the most against any opponent.
Sherman is coming off his second career multi-interception game, picking off two passes in the 23-0 win against the New York Giants last weekend at MetLife Stadium. But Sherman feels the Cardinals are a much better team now than the one Seattle beat in October. Arizona has won six of seven games since that loss.
"I believe they are a more confident team now," Sherman said. "They believe in what they're doing. They have executed their game plan more effectively. I think they have gotten [wide receivers] Larry Fitzgerald along with Michael Floyd a little more involved in the offense, and they have been able to get some explosive plays. And I think [quarterback] Carson Palmer is throwing with some confidence."