Saturday, December 19, 2020

Carolina Panthers Week 15 NFL Power Rankings

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Carolina Panthers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 26.4 (27th)
  • Best ranking: 25th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 27th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 15 roundup for the Panthers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

Defensive tackle Derrick Brown (seventh) looks at the very least to be a high-floor quality starter. He's played 69 percent of Carolina's defensive snaps and has 29 tackles (six for loss). Brown has yet to notch his first NFL sack, but he has eight quarterback hits. If he can develop his pass rush, Brown could be a potential breakout candidate for 2021.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 27

They come off their bye with a bad showing at home against the Broncos. The defense let them down after showing some improvement before the bye.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

LB/S Jeremy Chinn continues to bolster case for defensive rookie of the year award with copious splash plays while leading all incoming players with 95 tackles.

ESPN -- Rank: 27

Let's simplify this. The Panthers have scored 30 or more points three times, and two of those were with Christian McCaffrey. The running back has played only three games, so when you look at what has happened offensively, it begins with being without the best multipurpose player in the NFL. That also has been a factor in the team's failure to convert seven game-winning or tying drives. More McCaffrey likely equals more points, more wins and less stress on an undermanned defense. -- David Newton -- Rank: 27

Teddy Bridgewater delivered an uneven performance in a 32-27 loss to the Broncos, and it remains unclear with three weeks remaining in the season if the Panthers have their long-term option installed under center. Bridgewater has mixed high and low moments in Carolina; in his defense, he's played virtually the entire season without superstar running back Christian McCaffrey, who missed yet another week due to a quad issue. With the 4-9 Panthers headed toward a top 10-pick in the draft, the organization approaches a fork in the road: Ride with Bridgewater and build around the veteran -- or draft a QB and start over at the game's most important position. Hmmmm ...

Previous update: Carolina Panthers Week 14 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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