It's been a tough year for prime-time football fans, with way too many lopsided matchups but -- finally -- we have a Monday night showdown between two franchises that have legitimate Super Bowl chances.
So far unable to hammer out long-term contract extensions, it appears star wideouts Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas will likely receive franchise tags from their respective clubs, the Cowboys and Broncos.
You know J.J. Watt, Richard Sherman and Ndamukong Suh, but what about Everson Griffen and DeAndre Levy? They're among five relatively unknown defensive players having an impressive season. Here's a closer look at each.