Saturday, November 14, 2020

Carolina Panthers Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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: 21.6 (21st)
  • Best ranking: 18th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 24th (

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Panthers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

Matt Rhule delivered one of my favorite coaching performances of the year against the Chiefs. He knew exactly what he was up against and how the Panthers would have to play if they wanted a chance at winning. He went for it on fourth-and-3 on Carolina's first drive. He later called for a fake punt. And he tried a surprise onside kick in the third. In many ways, it reminded me of how the Ravens approached their game against Kansas City last season. The Panthers were unable to get closer than a 67-yard field-goal try on their last drive and came up short, but that's as encouraging a loss as I've seen all season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 20

Matt Rhule has this young team headed in the right direction for the future. It's too bad Christian McCaffrey is out again.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

Let's hope they keep trotting K Joey Slye out for field-goal attempts of 65+ yards until he finally sets a new league record.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Recalibrated expectation: Avoid the NFC South cellar

Four straight losses and a 1-3 record in the South for a team that has not been able to finish games doesn't bode well for anything but a last-place finish, particularly since Atlanta is playing better and the Saints and Bucs are fighting for playoff spots. Hey, expectations for this team to finish anywhere but last were pretty much nil when the season began, and only a 3-2 start while Atlanta opened 0-5 gave reason to think that might change. Now it appears everything is as predicted. -- David Newton -- Rank: 24

The Panthers did just about everything right against the Chiefs, dominating in time of possession and putting up more than 30 points on the road. Typically, that combination equates to an easy win ... but things are different when Patrick Mahomes is involved. Mahomes torched the Panthers secondary for 372 yards and four scores, spoiling Christian McCaffrey's return from a six-game absence in a hard-fought 33-31 loss. McCaffrey went over 100 yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns, but his stay in the lineup might be short-lived: NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that CMC, who was out previously with an ankle injury, could miss more time with a shoulder issue. That's unwelcome news for a Matt Rhule team that will try to break a four-game losing streak on Sunday against an angry Bucs team.

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