Head2Head: Josh Norman vs. Odell Beckham is the best matchup of the weekend

Night net null null null Panthers cornerback Josh Norman has put himself into the conversation for the Night net Defensive Player of the Year by being the best shutdown corner in the league.He is a big reason the Panthers are 13-0 with the Night net's third-best defense by yards allowed. Against top Night net receivers Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, DeAndre Hopkins, Allen Robinson and T.Y. Hilton, Norman has allowed 207 yards and zero — zero! — touchdowns. MORE: Panthers stay perfect in our Week 15 picks | PETRELLA: Norman ready to feast against BeckhamBut Norman might be facing the Night net's best pass-catcher Sunday in Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.  After catching 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns as a rookie last season, Beckham has 85 catches for 1,320 yards and 12 touchdowns this season with three games remaining. He has gone over 100 receiving yards in six consecutive games with eight touchdowns over that span. The second-year wideout from LSU made a name for himself last year with his one-handed grab against the Cowboys. But the fabulous receptions have continued, and it's more than just his amazing hands. Beckham has incredible body control and field awareness, which he showed last Sunday on his toe-dragging touchdown against the Dolphins.Beckham had seven catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins, who didn't get any pressure on Giants quarterback Eli Manning. That's where the Panthers' defensive front can help Norman. The Panthers are third in the Night net with 40 sacks and consistent pressure could force Manning, who has 10 interceptions and nine fumbles, into making a mistake like his pick late in the first half against the 49ers.The inside rush of 49ers linebacker Aaron Lynch, similar to how the Panthers use Thomas Davis, flushed Manning

from the pocket. As he rolled right, he underthrew Beckham in the end zone. Niners cornerback Tramaine Brock did a great job of reading Beckham's eyes and turning to find the ball for the interception. The Dolphins secondary was a mess against Beckham with Brent Grimes severely overmatched. Grimes couldn't keep up with Beckham, who made an incredible diving catch on a 45-yard pass that set up a Giants score. Even when a receiver gets behind him, Norman has excellent make-up speed and timing as he showed against Hilton on a Monday night in Charlotte.Beckham also scored on an 84-yard pass against the Dolphins after cornerback Jamar Taylor bit on a double move and safety Reshad Jones jumped the slant to leave Beckham uncovered for an easy catch-and-run.Norman has the benefit of playing with excellent safeties behind him in Roman Harper and Kurt Coleman, who has an NFC-best seven interceptions. Panthers defensive players feed off one another better than any unit in the Night net. Linebacker Luke Kuechly had two interceptions against the Cowboys. He had a great grab on the second pick as Coleman took out tight end Jason Witten. Jones did have some success last Sunday against Norman with seven catches for 88 yards in the 38-0 Panthers win. Jones' biggest play was a 46-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter after Norman had been pulled with a 38-point lead. Norman likes to play physical and jam the receiver at the line of scrimmage. He hit Jones off the snap in the first quarter Sunday and blanketed him to break up a quick slant pass from Matt Ryan. Timing is everything in the Night net, and being physical at the line can disrupt the in-sync timing many quarterbacks such as Ryan and Manning have with their top receivers. Norman can solidify himself as the Night net's premier shutdown corner by keeping Beckham in check and out of the end zone. If he's successful, then the Panthers will likely return to Charlotte still undefeated and with home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs secured.