At the end of the day, NFL power rankings mean about as much as WWE power rankings.
Yet we can’t help but look at them.
Throughout the season, Panthers.com will save you the searching by listing prominent power rankings and even throwing in our two cents on top of the pollsters’ two cents.
Here’s a look at the final set of rankings with everyone still 0-0.
Panthers’ rank: 11 (5th in NFC)
Previous ranking: 11
NFC South: 3. Saints, 11. Panthers, 19. Falcons, 20. Buccaneers
NFL Top 5: Seahawks, Broncos, Saints, Packers, Patriots
Beyond the numbers: Elliot Harrison predicts that wide receiver
Panthers’ rank: 14 (8th in NFC)
Previous ranking: 15
NFC South: 3. Saints, 14. Panthers, 19. Falcons, 23. Buccaneers
NFL Top 5: Seahawks, Broncos, Saints, Patriots, Packers
Beyond the numbers: Dan Schneier likes the receiving corps as a whole better than last year’s but believes the offensive line could be a real issue. Like the other pollsters listed, he ranks NFC South rival New Orleans in his top five.
Panthers’ rank: 22 (11th in NFC)
Previous ranking: 21
NFC South: 5. Saints, 10. Falcons, 22. Panthers, 23. Buccaneers
NFL Top 5: Broncos, Packers, Seahawks, Patriots, Saints
Beyond the numbers: Pete Prisco also is concerned about the offensive line as well as the secondary, adding “I just think they are in for a fall down the standings.” Prisco’s mention of the secondary qualifies as the only mention by any of the pollsters of a Panthers defense that ranked second only to the Super Bowl champion Seahawks last season.
Panthers’ rank: 15 (8th in NFC)
Previous rank: 11
NFC South: 5. Saints, 15. Panthers, 17. Falcons, 19. Buccaneers
NFL Top 5: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers, Saints
Beyond the numbers: The ESPN.com staff hones in on a familiar refrain, pointing out that Newton’s receiving group is entirely new. Since the last set of rankings came out post-draft, the Panthers have been passed by the Bears, Chargers, Ravens and Steelers.