Panthers Take Another Step to #3 in SBN Power Rankings

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Panthers rise to #3 in the Power Rankings thanks to the Saints loss last night on Monday Night Football.

So now which team has the momentum going into our prime time shoot out Sunday Night?

NFL Power Rankings, Week 14: Saints, Chiefs slide after losses - SBNation.com
3. Carolina Panthers

After stumbling past the Dolphins last week, Carolina showed some more consistent focus in methodically crushing the life from the Buccaneers. This team is starting to feel a lot like the 1999 Tennessee Titans squad that made it to the Super Bowl. The offense isn’t explosive, exactly, but keeping them from gaining ten yards in three downs is easier said than done.  Like those Titans, the Panthers defense is tough, stingy and mistake-free. It remains to be seen if Cam Newton can keep playing Steve McNair AND Eddie George against playoff-caliber competition, but if he’s up to the challenge the Panthers have the physicality to deploy the Jets and Seahawks beat-em-up tactics against the Saints and capture a first-round bye. (Last Week: 4)

I'm not sure if I'm buying the '99 Titans reference but I do see where he is coming from. A stout defense with a dynamic pass rush. An offense that can pass or run when needed. Now add to it an 8 game winning streak.

The Saints on the other hand have to be feeling some pressure after getting trounced last night. Granted Seattle might be the toughest environment to win in right now but still, they manhandled them. They do have the comfort of being at home but that is their only advantage at the moment. I think it's safe to say Rivera and McD learned a lot last night.

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