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Carolina Panthers ranked 24th in SB Nation’s first NFL power rankings

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Cam Newton’s health is one reason for their bottom-tier ranking.

SB Nation’s first batch of NFL power rankings are out, and they have the Panthers ranked 24th in the league for the first week of the 2017 season.

The Panthers are the last NFC South team ranked, which kinda makes sense because they finished last in the division in 2016. Personally I would have ranked them higher than 24th, but I’m a homer so I can understand why someone else wouldn’t.

Here’s the NFC South as ranked by SB Nation:

2. Atlanta Falcons

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

14. New Orleans Saints

24. Carolina Panthers

I think the Bucs are ranked too high and should probably be somewhere between the Saints and Panthers, but that’s just me.

Here’s a brief write-up on the Panthers, explaining the ranking:

Quarterback concerns in the early going

Carolina Panthers

Like [Andrew] Luck, Cam Newton has been dealing with recovery from shoulder surgery. But unlike Luck, Newton has made an appearance in preseason. He didn’t do much though, and threw just two passes in the team’s third preseason game and sat out the finale.

How will he look when it’s time to actually play?

"You really won't know 'til the opener,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera. “Just the way it is. Nobody knew what he would be like his rookie year. That's kind of how this is going to be. We won't know until we open up in San Francisco."

Encouraging.

Yeah, I guess I can see their logic. It all depends on Cam Newton’s shoulder. If he’s good to go, we should expect to see the Panthers climb the rankings as the season goes forward.

What do you think, Panthers fans? Are the Panthers ranked too high, too low, or just right?

Poll

How do you feel about the Panthers’ place in the first power rankings?

This poll is closed

  • 85%
    Too low - they’re better than 24th
    (874 votes)
  • 13%
    Just right - we don’t know how ready Cam is
    (134 votes)
  • 1%
    Too high - they’re worse than 24th
    (18 votes)
1026 votes total Vote Now