Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Carolina Panthers Week 10 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 10 roundup for the Carolina Panthers in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 31

Non-QB MVP: LB Frankie Luvu

Luvu has been a constant on a defense and team that have been mired in inconsistency. He leads Carolina in tackles with 62, having to play inside and outside because of injuries and an overall lack of a speed rusher opposite Brian Burns. He has a team-best 7 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks to rank second to Burns. Luvu is playing well enough to make his first Pro Bowl, although getting attention on a 1-7 team will make that tough. -- David Newton -- Rank: 31

In the span of a week, the narrative around Bryce Young has flipped again. The Week 8 win over the Texans (and OROY favorite C.J. Stroud) was a big accomplishment, and it was Young's personal high-water mark. But everything that happened in the loss to Indianapolis on Sunday seemingly undercut that, to the point where some of us are again debating whether Young was the right pick at No. 1 overall. It didn't help that Stroud had a career game Sunday, but this was more about Young's struggles. The Panthers scored 13 points, and Young gave up 14 on two pick-sixes. On 43 dropbacks, Carolina netted 137 pass yards. On 28 runs, the Panthers gained 138. Now is the problem clear? The Young debate can't realistically be settled for a few years, but losing a potential top-five pick in 2024 adds some salt and vinegar to Carolina's wounds.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 32

This is going in the wrong direction for Bryce Young. Two pick-sixes in one game is terrible quarterback play.

USA Today -- Rank: 30

The NFL doesn't have an in-season tournament — yet — but you have to think Carolina really wants to win the DJ Moore Bowl.

The Athletic -- Rank: 32

Report card: F

The F is not for Frank, and Frank (Reich) might not be for the Panthers for more than one season. Rookie Bryce Young had his lowest passer rating of the season (48.3) Sunday against a Colts team that has the 26th-ranked defense in the league by yards allowed. In what has become a weekly occurrence, Carolina coaches and teammates rallied behind Young after the game, but somebody is going to take the fall for this soon it seems.

FOX -- Rank: 31

What I'm not going to do is give up on Bryce Young because he's struggling in a horrible situation. The guy has shown plenty of flashes. But you can't deny that what's happening in Houston can't be fun to see from the Panthers' perspective.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 30

Bryce Young is going to have the same problem Tua Tagovailoa did, and that's the player drafted right behind him. Young is having a fairly normal rookie season on a bad team. He has his ups and downs. Sunday was a rough one, with two pick 6s. He'll be fine. But he won't get as much patience when C.J. Stroud, who was the second overall draft pick, looks like a future MVP. In a perfect world we'd let Young develop without comparing him to Stroud, but you know the narrative is already being set. Ask Tagovailoa how that works.

PFT -- Rank: 30

One step forward, one big step backward.

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