By Peter Bukowski
December 04, 2013
Tyrann Mathieu is quickly rising in the race for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
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3. Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers (3): Rivera lurks here, waiting to pounce. If the Panthers overtake the Saints and win the South, he can leapfrog both Kelly and Reid. Ten wins and a playoff berth, regardless of the division, would be enough to make him a legitimate contender.

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