Panthers Hold Steady at #4 in Power Rankings

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Panthers have gone as high as they can go until one of the three teams above them lose. Oh wait...Denver lost.

I guess when Peyton Manning loses it doesn't really matter, he isn't going to fall far. But don't sweat it Panther fans, pundits continue to be impressed with what we are doing:

NFL power rankings, Week 13: Seahawks back on top, Patriots ascending - SBNation.com
4. Carolina Panthers There was a lot of press about the Panthers this past week, and it looks like the Panthers read all of it. But a funny thing happened on the way to an all-too-typical "young team gets full of itself and loses focus" loss - the Panthers actually rallied and won. Which is oddly impressive. Sunday's foibles should provide plenty of butt-chewing opportunities for the coaching staff and have Carolina focused to stomp the Bucs prior to a Sunday Night showdown with the Saints. Bad Cam will need to stay on the shelf down the stretch, but if Good Cam can stay front and center the NFC South figures to be the league's most entertaining race. (Last Week: 4)

So much for the 'trap game' analogy or as the author mentions 'a sudden loss of focus'. Where Newton would end up one pay short in seasons past he delivered this past Sunday. Now I'm not so confident we 'stomp' the Bucs this Sunday as they are playing better and usually play us tough. Revis being out would be huge but I still see us struggling to run the ball and needing Newton's arm again.

The Saints on the other hand play the #1 ranked Seahawks this Sunday in Seattle. Should the Legion Boom doom the Saints and the Panthers hold serve against the Bucs we would be tied going to New Orleans the following Sunday Night. That would make it a huge game!

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