Saturday, November 21, 2020

Carolina Panthers Week 11 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: 22.0 (22nd)
  • Best ranking: 20th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 24th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Panthers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

They were fun and competitive in the first half against Tampa, but ultimately the defense couldn't get a stop. The Panthers have fallen all the way to 29th in overall defense and have lost five in a row. We'll find out later this week whether Teddy Bridgewater, who suffered a knee injury Sunday, is able to play in Week 11.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

Teddy Bridgewater is banged up with a knee injury, so his status is up in the air. They've lost five straight games, but they've been better than that.

USA Today -- Rank: 21

Hate to see QB Teddy Bridgewater miss any time with a bum knee. But if he has to skip a game, might be fun to see what XFL standout P.J. Walker can do.

ESPN -- Rank: 20

What would they take back: Fourth-and-1 to Alex Armah in the opener

You've got arguably the best all-purpose back in the NFL in Christian McCaffrey and a chance to win Matt Rhule's opener at home. Then with 1:23 remaining and fourth-and-1 from the Las Vegas 46, you give the ball to Armah, a fullback who is stuffed for no gain. Very conservative call for offensive coordinator Joe Brady. The Raiders win 34-30. That seemed to set the tone for a season in which the Panthers haven't figured a way to consistently finish off games, losing five by eight points or less and three by four or less. -- David Newton -- Rank: 24

Things started well for the Panthers. They had an early lead on the Buccaneers as Teddy Bridgewater completed his first 12 passes, including two for touchdowns. But the Carolina offense began to sputter, the defense imploded and Bridgewater exited the game in the final minutes with a knee injury in a 46-23 loss. The Panthers remain a fun and competitive team most weeks, but you can't ignore a losing streak that has now stretched to five games. Third-down defense continues to be a huge problem: Tom Brady converted on six of seven third downs in the first half; in the third quarter, Carolina allowed a checkdown pass to tight end Cameron Brate to go for a first down on third-and-19. Ugly stuff.

Previous update: Carolina Panthers Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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