Panthers rank: 23rd (12th in NFC)
NFC South: Saints 2nd, Buccaneers 17th, Falcons 22nd
Beyond the numbers: The Panthers dropped just one spot following Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. According to ESPN's David Newton, the Panthers will undergo a "cultural metamorphosis" this offseason, with owner David Tepper "tearing down the old system" and replacing a head coach, the management structure, and possibly a quarterback.
Panthers rank: 26th (13th in NFC)
NFC South: Saints 2nd, Buccaneers 16th, Falcons 18th
Beyond the numbers: The Panthers dropped one spot in the NFL's ranking this week. Dan Hanzus said the Panthers' lost season shouldn't overshadow running back Christian McCaffrey's brilliance this year, and that any talks of shutting him down for the final two games should be disregarded to allow him to keep setting records.
Panthers rank: 23rd (13th in NFC)
NFC South: Saints 5th, Buccaneers 16th, Falcons 19th
Beyond the numbers: The Panthers rose one spot this week, according to Bleacher Report's rankings. The B/R staff said Sunday's loss to the Seahawks was more of the same for a Panthers team that's now on a six-game losing streak.
Panthers rank: 26th (12th in NFC)
NFC South: Saints 2nd, Buccaneers 15th, Falcons 18th
Beyond the numbers: Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio bumped the Panthers down one spot after Sunday's loss. Florio pointed out that after going from 6-2 to 7-9 last year, Carolina has gone from 5-3 to 5-9 this season.
Panthers rank: 19th (11th in NFC)
NFC South: Saints 7th, Buccaneers 17th, Falcons 21st
Beyond the numbers: Despite the loss, CBS Sports bumped the Panthers up four spots this week. Pete Prisco said the defense has been a problem all season, and now the most important factor for Carolina's future is finding the right head coach.
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