By Jeff Risdon
I’ve had the chance to watch a lot more games and a lot more players over the last month. This has produced some fairly significant movement in my personal ratings.
These rankings are my own and do not in any way intend to predict actual draft order.
Underclassmen are included here unless they have specifically stated they are returning to school. Even though I don’t necessarily believe them, I will support their pretense and exclude guys like Jace Amaro, Kasen Williams and Cedric Ogbuehi. Amaro would have been the top tight end and a top 20 talent.
Players are only listed if I’ve seen at least two of their performances in 2013. You can find the initial Top 103 here.
1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina--Clowney is learning how to make an impact even while being the focal point of the blocking. The numbers might be down, but dealing with the notoriety and constant extra attention on the field should only make him even better once he gets to the NFL.
2. Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M--One of the keys to being a great left tackle is having quick feet and excellent balance. Matthews has better of both than any of the three tackles taken in the top-4 last year.
3. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville--As I said last time, his ability to throw accurately from the pocket as well as being a great athlete separate him from a crowded QB pack. I still like him more than I liked Andrew Luck.
4. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon--I love how he grows as a passer every week. All the physical tools are present, and his mental game is catching up quickly. Still riskier than Bridgewater but could be better long-term. Will need a veteran backup/mentor and a creative coach to maximize his potential, especially if he comes out this year.
5. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo--Mack is a do-it-all defender who can make an impact as a rusher, a run stuffer, or in coverage. He transcends his lower conference competition.
6. Anthony Barr, OLB/DE, UCLA--The converted RB is a speed demon around the corner, with athletic potential that doesn’t come along very often. He’s fairly one-dimensional at this point, but that one dimension is a very important one.
7. C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama--Mosley is not a dynamic pass rusher like most linebackers found in the first round, and I suspect he won’t get drafted near this high. But he’s a rock-solid, instinctive defender with loads of big game experience and versatility.
8. Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota--Hageman essentially beat Northwestern all by himself, and he hasn’t let down since then. His heavy punch keeps blockers at bay very effectively in the trenches.
9. Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State--If you are looking for a rangy, attacking linebacker who can blitz up the gut, Shazier is for you. He’s a stouter, sturdier version of Arthur Brown from last year.
10. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M--The player Evans reminds me of most is Alshon Jeffery, who is emerging as a great receiver in his second season. Evans has the size, strength, and fearlessness to make a major impact.
11. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
12. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State. Falling but stabilizing.
13. Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
14. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson. Falling just a bit.
15. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina. Spotlight: One of the more improved players in all of college football. His consistency and release from the line are the biggest reasons.
16. Marqise Lee, WR, USC. Potential to rise now that he’s healthy
17. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State. Spotlight: He will not be for everyone, but defenses that use press man coverage will go gaga for Dennard. He’s got a lot of Charles Tillman to his game.
18. Cameron Erving, T, Florida State
19. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
20. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
21. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech. Spotlight: Fuller has an inherent stickiness in coverage, blessed with quick feet and good instincts. He’s also shown the ability to blitz off the corner. Injury muddies his stock.
22. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State. Rising quickly.
23. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
24. Cyrus Kouandjio, T, Alabama
25. Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU. Spotlight: He makes his receivers work too hard at times, but the arm strength, pocket presence and quick reading ability are all good enough to start in the NFL.
26. Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
27. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
28. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State. Rising quickly.
29. Dominique Easley, DE, Florida
30. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M. Spotlight: My take on Johnny Football has changed because he has changed. Vastly improved passer and better decision-maker from his Heisman year. His immaturity and lack of field vision still scare me though.
31. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
32. Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame
33. Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington. Rising.
34. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
35. Lamarcus Joyner, DB, Florida State
36. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State. Spotlight: I’ve done a 180 on Sutton. His lack of height and arm length are real concerns, but his eyes, feet, and hands all tell me he’s going to overcome those and make a good interior pass rusher.
37. Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
38. Antonio Richardson, T, Tennessee
39. Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor. Spotlight: He’s a key cog in the high-flying Bears offense, a nasty steamroller of a run blocker. Richardson will be highly coveted by teams looking for power over agility up front, but that doesn’t mean he’s immobile.
40. Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State
41. Michael Sam, DE, Missouri. Spotlight: I was ignorant on Missouri players until recently. Love his burst off the snap and ability to set up moves, and his finishing speed is very good.
42. Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
43. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
44. Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor. Spotlight: He covers with swagger and has a real savvy sense of his role in the defense. Similar to Kenny Vaccaro from last year, can play in the slot.
45. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
46. Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
47. Shaquil Barrett, LB, Colorado State. Rising.
48. Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame. Spotlight: Plays tackle for the Irish but fits the profile of a NFL guard, with the chance to be a very good one in pass protection.
49. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
50. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State. Rising.
51. Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn
52. Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor. Falling some.
53. Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
54. Seantrel Henderson, T, Miami FL. Spotlight: He’s often the best player on the field, but the frequency he plays that well is an open question.
55. Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
56. Gabe Ikard, C, Oklahoma
57. Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
58. JaWuan James, T, Tennessee. Rising.
59. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA. Spotlight: He’s fallen considerably in my ratings. Why? I’ve seen more of Hundley, notably games vs. Oregon and Stanford, and he’s less NFL ready than I thought. Still a lot of potential, but he needs to stay in school.
60. James Hurst, T, North Carolina
61. Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State. Rising.
62. Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
63. David Yankey, G, Stanford
64. Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State. Spotlight: He’s a fleet hybrid safety/linebacker, a role that is increasingly coming into vogue at the next level.
65. Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford. Rising thanks to good health.
66. Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
67. Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
68. Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
69. Sean Parker, S, Washington. Spotlight: Parker reminds me a great deal of Lions safety Louis Delmas, a hard-hitting and rangy playmaker with some issues on taking angles and keeping plays in front of him.
70. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
71. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
72. Brandon Scherff, T, Iowa. Spotlight: I just recently started working on Scherff, and he’s got potential to move way up based on the two games I’ve watched.
73. DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
74. Travis Sawnson, C, Arkansas
75. La’El Collins, T, LSU
76. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
77. Christian Jones, LB, Florida State
78. Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan. Playing his way up a bit.
79. Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn
80. Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
81. Danny Shelton, DT, Washington. Spotlight: Shelton might be the best natural nose tackle in this draft. Great base strength with a good nose for the ball and high motor. Sneaky quickness to get outside the tackle box on screens & stretch runs too.
82. Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
83. Jack Mewhort, T, Ohio State
84. Andre Hal, CB , Vanderbilt
85. James Wilder Jr., RB, Florida State. Spotlight: Bruising inside/out runner with relatively low mileage on his legs, which is important for his style.
86. Bene Benwikere, CB, San Jose State
87. Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
88. Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA
89. Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas
90. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia. Spotlight: Murray brings veteran savvy and loads of intangibles to the table. He’s also got some impressive tangibles, though some will question his ceiling. At worst he should be a solid backup quarterback for a long time.
91. Louichez Purifoy, CB, Florida
92. Craig Loston, S, LSU
93. Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
94. Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh. Spotlight: He has excellent, strong hands and good body control over the middle. Has the makings of a zone-killing No. 2 wideout at the next level.
95. Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
96. Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
97. De’Anthony Thomas, OW, Oregon. Spotlight: DAT is one of the quickest players I’ve ever scouted, and he has a good grasp of how to properly utilize that open field elusiveness. His ability to line up in the backfield, the slot, or even outside, as well as his return skills, make him a very dangerous weapon.
98. Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia
99. Dion Bailey, S, USC
100. Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma
101. Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
102. Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
103. Keith McGill, CB, Utah. Spotlight: Has great size and a good field awareness to fit in zone coverage. Not afraid to tackle either.
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By Jeff Risdon
Last Week: 11-4, not a bad week. One of my favorite Twitter interactions, @AngryGambler, of course only reminds me of my horrible pick on the Houston Texans' loss to the Oakland Raiders. Way to force-feed the humility, my surly friend…
I now stand at 106-57 on the season.
Gambling Update: I started Week 11 with 5,500 Uzbek som, down from a starting point of 10,000. Three of my four wagers came home winners, netting me a grand total of 1,750 in profit. That vaults me closer to winning territory. Now sitting with 7,250 som and looking for more!
This is the final slate of incomplete games on the season, which means no more bye weeks. The weather looks to be calmer but colder across much of the nation, so it won’t be as much of a factor.
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (+9.5): I feel bad for the NFL Network. After a series of rather unappealing matchups on their Thursday night slate, they finally got what appeared to be a marquee game. Except the Falcons have plummeted to being one of the worst teams in the league, making this one yet another yawner.
When pondering an upset, I like to look for key matchups the underdog can exploit. I looked long and hard for a tangible advantage for Atlanta in this game. I came up empty; other than professional pride and home cooking under the primetime lights, there is no reason to think the Falcons can stay close.
Saints 41, Falcons 20 for 500 som
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (+2.5): Three reasons why I like the Patriots to pull off the surprise home win:
1. Game-time temps figure to be in the low 20s, and those cold temps always seem to be a problem for Peyton Manning.
2. The New England offense is not only getting healthier, they’re getting more balanced. From that balance stems confidence, and confidence is as sexy as Gisele Bundchen. Tom Brady knows about both.
3. I think the story angle of Wes Welker returning to New England for the first time since Bill Belichick deemed him expendable weighs a lot more on the Denver wideout than it does the Patriots. I can see Welker pressing and stressing in trying to prove The Hoodie wrong. I cannot see Belichick giving a crap. Advantage to the pulseless.
Patriots 33, Broncos 30
Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals (-1.5): When I started evaluating this matchup, I immediately centered on the amazing comeback prowess of Andrew Luck. The Colts QB has produced a truly astonishing number of late-game comebacks.
Yet that got me thinking about the Cardinals defense. One word comes to mind: Opportunistic. Their corners excel at playing the ball in the air, and their defensive front is able to produce enough distracting pressure to create opportunities.
Then I went back and watched the Cardinals game from last week. Carson Palmer looked very sharp, and stayed so from start to finish. Their offensive line played well, and Arizona flashed a barrage of weapons at Palmer’s disposal.
I have been impressed with the Indy defense, but I also like that Cardinals coach Bruce Arians knows exactly who to exploit their weaknesses. He was the Colts fill-in head coach last year, after all. I like his familiarity, and I like Palmer’s recent boost of confidence.
No doubt Luck and the Colts will mount a late comeback, but I think this one ends in the arms of a Cardinals defender.
Cardinals 24, Colts 20
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5): Now we get to see how the Chiefs respond to a loss. Kansas City fell to the Broncos, who exposed the limitations of Alex Smith leading the offense. The Chargers have the ability to do the same, and getting pass rusher Melvin Ingram back on the field will certainly help San Diego.
My problem in liking San Diego is that I don’t see immobile Philip Rivers being able to withstand the Kansas City pass rush. While Peyton Manning, arguably the worst athlete in the league, was able to avoid Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and company thanks to a quick release and savvy sidestepping, I don’t think Rivers can do that all game. I think this one is decided on a defensive touchdown. While I like San Diego’s Marcus Gilchrist to get a pick, I think Brandon Flowers also records one, and his goes for the deciding touchdown.
Chiefs 23, Chargers 17
Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams (-1): I found it interesting that the Rams are favored here. Even though they are coming off a bye week after an impressive win, there is a national perception that the Rams are not on the same plane as the Bears.
The Chicago defense is the reason why I’m picking the Bears. Despite rampant injuries to key performers at all levels, the Bears D has allowed 20, 21, and 20 points in their last three games. Now they face a backup QB in Kellen Clemens and a line which keeps regressing in pass protection; the Rams rank 13th for the season in sack percentage allowed, they rank 27th since Clemens took over. Julius Peppers is due for a big game, but also keep an eye on Corey Wootton attacking from both inside and at end on the other side.
Bad safety play is rampant for both teams, so look for a lot of points. Could be a big day for Tavon Austin and Brandon Marshall in fantasy terms.
Bears 30, Rams 22
Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins (+4.5): Let’s see…the Panthers have the best defensive front-7 in football. The Dolphins are missing at least 40 percent of their starting offensive line, perhaps 60% depending on ill center Mike Pouncey. Don’t overthink this one, folks.
Panthers 23, Dolphins 13
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (-2): Because Pittsburgh doesn’t lose to Cleveland. That is all that needs to be said.
Steelers 19, Browns 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions (-9): In the many iterations of this game I simulated out in my head, the crux of the game came down to the star wideouts for each team. Calvin Johnson and Vincent Jackson are huge threats and major problems for the opposing defense.
That got me to thinking about the complementary weapons. Take out Jackson and Megatron and what does each team have left? Detroit has Reggie Bush, Brandon Pettigrew, Joique Belland the return of Nate Burleson. Tampa has Bobby Rainey, Timothy Wright and Brian Leonard. Huge advantage to Detroit.
Lions 34, Buccaneers 24
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-10.5): There is no way this Houston team should be favored by more than a touchdown against any opponent. Last week the gods conspired to give the Texans every advantage possible, and what happened? They lost at home to an undrafted rookie quarterback, wasting the emotional lift of head coach Gary Kubiak returning to the sidelines.
So now you expect them to beat another team by 10 points?!? I know the Jaguars stink, but guess what…so do the Texans! Take advantage of whatever shred of dignity Houston has remaining with the bookmakers.
Texans 28, Jaguars 24 for 500 som
Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders (NL): I’m writing this while watching the Today show, for some inexplicable reason. And for some inexplicable reason, their “news” right now is B-list actor Dean Cain singing karaoke of “Pour Some Sugar on Me” with some tone-deaf woman anchor wearing way too much eye makeup.
I know that the final hour of the Today show is designed to be entertainment for middle-aged women, but I defy anyone to classify this abomination as entertainment. Just show me an infomercial for a toaster oven that also can clean my ears…and my shower. Now that’s entertainment!
Raiders 17, Titans 16
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (-2.5): The Giants have won four in a row since opening 0-6. Now they get a chance to make a major statement in the NFC East, as a home win here would draw them even with the inconsistent Cowboys.
Dallas is coming off a much-needed bye week. Getting Demarcus Ware’s gimpy knee some rest and rehab should really help the Cowboys defense, and that gives them a fighting chance. Yet their injury-ravaged secondary remains a major problem. I just can’t see their corners slowing down Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, or their safeties cleaning up those coverage gaffes. I’ll ride the hot hands here, but I do respect Tony Romo’s remarkable November record. Prognosticators should too.
Giants 37, Cowboys 34
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-4.5): Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier continues to fumble the situation with his quarterbacks. A week after yanking Christian Ponder for Matt Cassel, Frazier once again returns to Ponder as his starter.
It’s pretty much a no-win situation. Ponder is the most likely to lead the Vikings to win, but he’s also the most likely to produce an abomination that leads to defeat. Frazier has decided that Josh Freeman simply cannot answer the bell, and that Cassel’s milquetoast mediocrity is less valuable than Ponder’s volatility.
I fear for Packers fans that Frazier might be rewarded for his strange loyalty. Ponder is due for one of his strong games, and the Packers secondary is playing some truly terrible football lately. Green Bay without Aaron Rodgers is one of the five worst teams in the league, and that makes them vulnerable to losing to anyone. The Vikings are also one of the five worst teams in the league, however, and they’re on the road.
Packers 26, Vikings 21
New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens (-4): The Jets are the first team in NFL history to alternate wins and losses for the first 10 games of a season. They laid a giant egg against Buffalo last week to keep the improbable string ongoing.
This is where you ask yourself how much to believe in history. While the current trend dictates that the Jets will win to prolong the streak, history is against it. If no team has ever been able to do it for 10, that makes continuing to 11 even more unlikely. Of course that leads to the Matrix conundrum.
As Trinity says to Neo as they being to storm the Agent base, “Nobody’s ever tried anything like this before.”
Neo, in the form of Keanu Reeves at his worst acting this side of The Lake House, deadpans, “That’s why it’s going to work.”
Never argue with the logic of Keanu Reeves.
Jets 20, Ravens 16
San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins (+5): I’ll declare it right up front: I don’t see any way Washington wins this game. Their insanely awful tackling and poor cohesion on defense is the perfect tonic for all that ails the anemic San Francisco passing game. If Colin Kaepernick can’t throw for 250+ against these guys, the problems in San Francisco are far worse than anyone believes.
The Niners physical and speedy defense is also a good foil for RG3 and the slow-starting Ethnic Slurs offense. If the SF offense can put up a couple of quick scores, this one could get very ugly.
49ers 33, Ethnic Slurs 18 for 250 som
Jacksonville +10.5 for 500
New Orleans -9.5 for 500
San Francisco -5 for 250
Sort of a dog week, as many teams play lesser opponents in preparation for major rivalry games next week.
Wisconsin 28, Minnesota 27
LSU 31, Texas A&M 27
Arizona State 33, UCLA 20
Missouri 27, Ole Miss 24
Baylor 53, Oklahoma State 39
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By Christopher Reina
Our NFL Team Rankings are based entirely on the The Trench Counter, which is an objective formula measuring average yards per pass and run on both offense and defense, along with first downs registered and given up, turnovers for and against, and total penalty yards.
Over time, The Trench Counter rankings begin to closely resemble the standings but goes even further to determine which teams are truly the best when on the line of scrimmage.
We are also including the Bill Parcells/Michael Lombardi stat that we modified called Total Rushes/Completions, which is listed as the second set of rankings below.
The chief aim of the Trench Counter is to take the subjective out of the equation and even the somewhat fluky nature of teams actually scoring points, which is of course the whole point on a game-by-game basis.
Percy Harvin made his debut for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, giving the best team in the NFL another excellent weapon.
The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers each won in the final seconds, though the Panthers had just a +1.5 Trench Counter against the New England Patriots, compared to +7.2 for Drew Brees and the Saints against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Trench Counter liked the Kansas City Chiefs more than the Denver Broncos despite the final outcome of their Sunday Night game, which should setup an interesting narrative for the rematch at Arrowhead.
Meanwhile, the New England Patriots have a higher Trench Counter for the season but are home underdogs this week agains the Broncos.
Trench Counter (TC) Rankings
1. Seattle Seahawks: 7.6
2. New Orleans Saints: 6.8
3. Carolina Panthers: 6.7
4. Philadelphia Eagles: 5.0
5. New England Patriots: 4.2
6. Denver Broncos: 4.1
7. Kansas City Chiefs: 3.9
8. San Francisco 49ers: 3.4
9. Green Bay Packers: 2.3
10. Indianapolis Colts: 1.3
11. Chicago Bears: 1.1
12. Cincinnati Bengals: 0.9
13. Cleveland Browns: -0.6
14. San Diego Chargers: -0.8
15. Tennessee Titans: -0.8
16. Detroit Lions: -1.1
17. Houston Texans: -1.1
18. Buffalo Bills: -1.1
19. Washington Redskins: -1.2
20. Arizona Cardinals: -1.3
21. St. Louis Rams: -1.5
22. Miami Dolphins: -1.8
23. Baltimore Ravens: -1.8
24. Atlanta Falcons: -1.9
25. New York Jets: -1.9
26. Pittsburgh Steelers: -2.4
27. Dallas Cowboys: -3.0
28. Minnesota Vikings: -3.2
29. New York Giants: -3.4
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -3.6
31. Oakland Raiders: -3.6
32. Jacksonville Jaguars: -12.6
Total Rushes/Completions (TRC) Rankings
1. New Orleans Saints: 11.3
2. Houston Texans: 8.3
3. Denver Broncos: 7.7
4. San Diego Chargers: 6.1
5. Green Bay Packers: 5.8
6. Carolina Panthers: 5.3
7. Kansas City Chiefs: 4.3
8. Buffalo Bills: 4.2
9. Washington Redskins: 3.7
10. Detroit Lions: 3.6
11. Cincinnati Bengals: 3.5
12. Seattle Seahawks: 2.8
13. Baltimore Ravens: 1.6
14. New England Patriots: 1.3
15. Indianapolis Colts: 1.2
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 0.5
17. New York Jets: 0.1
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: -0.9
19. Arizona Cardinals: -1.0
20. St. Louis Rams: -1.0
21. Chicago Bears: -1.8
22. Tennessee Titans: -1.8
23. San Francisco 49ers: -2.1
24. Oakland Raiders: -2.1
25. Cleveland Browns: -5.1
26. New York Giants: -5.1
27. Atlanta Falcons: -5.6
28. Philadelphia Eagles: -5.9
29. Miami Dolphins: -9.3
30. Minnesota Vikings: -9.7
31. Jacksonville Jaguars: -9.9
32. Dallas Cowboys: -10.1
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On the Saints' win over the 49ers, safety issues in Chicago, Denver's win over the Chiefs, the NFC East getting interesting and more.
On Chiefs/Broncos, 49ers/Saints, the battle of Ohio, Lions looking for rare win at Pittsburgh and the biggest game of Cam Newton's NFL career to date.
The Saints have joined the Panthers and Seahawks at the top of our rankings due to their blowout of the Cowboys.
On the Lions gaining control of the NFC North, the Panthers' impressive push, Saints running Dallas off the field, Colts' struggles and remembering Pat Tillman.
Big games this weekend between the Lions/Bears, 49ers/Panthers and Saints/Cowboys in a strong slate for both the NFL and college.
The Panthers have overtaken the Seahawks for the top spot in the Trench Counter, while the Patriots have climbed into the top-5.