Friday, October 13, 2023

Carolina Panthers Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Carolina Panthers in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 32

Fantasy surprise: RB Miles Sanders

Sanders was signed during the offseason to be the every-down back and a dual-threat player. He's been anything but. Sunday's loss at Detroit was a sign his role is being diminished after he had one fewer snap than backup Chuba Hubbard. In five games, Sanders has only 191 yards rushing and is averaging a career-low 3.1 yards per carry. He has only 15 catches for 81 yards. He's definitely trending downward. -- David Newton -- Rank: 32

Anyone who took solace in the fact that the Panthers actually led in each of their first four losses was forced to admit after the fifth defeat that they were trying too hard. First, the bad news: This team isn't making the playoffs. No 0-5 team ever has, and Carolina gets the Dolphins in Miami this week. Now, the worse news: The Panthers don't own their first-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, which would be the first overall pick at the moment, and the quarterback they traded that pick to draft this year, Bryce Young, is struggling. He's turned the ball over at least once in each of his four starts, has taken 12 sacks and is averaging 5.2 yards per attempt. The Panthers would surely like to see more from him -- and quickly.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 32

So much for the idea that Bryce Young would make this team a contender. They are far from it at 0-5 after five weeks.

USA Today -- Rank: 32

The NFL's only winless team just turned in its worst defensive performance (42 points allowed) of the season. Its reward? A trip to Miami. Woof.

The Athletic -- Rank: 32

It's not fair to be worried about Bryce Young's long-term future, but here we are. Young is last among qualifying quarterbacks in yards per attempt (5.2) and has almost as many interceptions (four) as touchdowns (five). His passer rating (77) ranks 29th in the league, and the Panthers look headed for the worst record in the NFL. The problem is they sent next year's first-round pick to Chicago as part of the trade that allowed them to draft Young.

FOX -- Rank: 32

Several other teams have endured more embarrassing losses than the Panthers. For the most part, Carolina has been competitive this season. The issue is more the offense just looks so overmatched in most of these games. It's hard to see how the Panthers string together enough points to win on any kind of consistent basis. Good news for Bears fans, I guess.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 32

Miles Sanders hasn't put up more than 43 rushing yards in any game since the opener. On Sunday, he had 32 yards on seven carries, and Chuba Hubbard had nine carries. Sanders also lost a fumble. Sanders signed a four-year, $25.4 million deal with the Panthers and it's not looking good.

PFT -- Rank: 31

David Tepper might have failed the S2 test regarding whether to put stock in the S2 test.

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