Panthers in the power rankings after Week 6

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Panthers rank: 13th (8th in NFC)

NFC South: Saints 2nd, Buccaneers 25th, Falcons 29th

Beyond the numbers: Carolina climbed four spots in ESPN's ranking this week after defeating the Bucs. After leading the league in pass defense just a few weeks ago, ESPN's David Newton says that's now the team's biggest weakness. Despite five interceptions on Sunday, Newton says the Panthers D has been vulnerable in the middle of the field, allowing seven touchdown passes.

Panthers rank: 12th (8th in NFC)

NFC South: Saints 3rd, Falcons 28th, Buccaneers 29th

Beyond the numbers: The Panthers jumped to No. 12 this week according to NFL.com, up three spots from last week's ranking. Dan Hanzus praised the Panthers' balance on offense, proving they can win even when running back Christian McCaffrey isn't putting up all-world numbers.

Panthers rank: 16th (10th in NFC)

NFC South: Saints 2nd, Buccaneers 24th, Falcons 29th

Beyond the numbers: The Panthers rose one spot following the win over the Bucs, according to Bleacher Report's rankings this week. The B/R staff said that after looking like a lost cause four wins ago, the Panthers now look like "a legitimate playoff contender."

Panthers rank: 10th (5th in NFC)

NFC South: Saints 3rd, Buccaneers 26th, Falcons 29th

Beyond the numbers: Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio moved the Panthers up three spots to 10th, and told readers to never doubt an 0-2 start after witnessing the 2019 Panthers' turnaround.

Panthers rank: 8th (5th in NFC)

NFC South: Saints 3rd, Buccaneers 26th, Falcons 30th

Beyond the numbers: CBS Sports bumped the Panthers all the way up to eighth this week after defeating the Bucs. Pete Prisco said that Kyle Allen's win streak may be impressive, but the defense and its ability to get after the quarterback is even more remarkable.

View all of the best photos from the sidelines, locker room and field from Carolina's win over the Buccaneers at Tottenham Stadium in London.