Panthers Rebound in SBN Power Rankings

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

As you expect the Panthers 38-0 route of the Giants resulted in a significant leap up the SBN power rankings.

The Panthers jumped from 28th to 21st:

NFL power rankings, Week 4: Bears, Patriots rising - SBNation.com
21. Carolina Panthers (1-2) LW: 28 Ron Rivera will not be fired ... during the season anyway. Carolina woke up in Week 3, thrashing the Giants. The offense didn't squander the defensive performance, finally. Mike Shula finally opened things up, too. Cam Newton averaged 8.26 yards per attempt, after hovering around six yards per attempt in his previous two games.

I'm not sure I'm buying the Rivera won't be fired though its certainly not going to happen this week after the big win. Maybe he is safe for the year, that is JRs MO. I just really thought an early exit from playoff contention would be enough for him to break with tradition.

Let's bask in the glory of a win and a coaching staff that seems to have figured a couple things out, like the YPA number sited about. When Newton runs it sets up his long ball. You have to throw it though or running Newton can be for naught. That should change based on the opponent.

Looking at the remainder of our division the Saints (3-0) moved up to #5 overall. I still think they are over-rated since they have beaten two bad teams (Bucs, Cardinals) and one team (Falcons) this is not as good as most think. The division is ripe for the picking if the Panther offense can keep playing well.

The Falcons fall to 1-2 and #14 with their loss to the Dolphins, who I think are better than many thought they would be standing at 3-0. We travel to Miami later in the season, week 12.

The Bucs are now looking as bad as I thought they would be. Actually they are worse than I thought and are rightfully slotted at #31.

Hey, 6-0 in the NFC South is still very possible.

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