Panthers in the power rankings after Week 9

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Panthers rank: 15th (9th in NFC)

NFC South: Saints 3rd, Buccaneers 25th, Falcons 28th

Beyond the numbers: Carolina held strong at 15 week over week according to ESPN. As impressive as the Panthers' defense has been when it comes to getting sacks and forcing turnovers, ESPN's David Newton points out that the D is giving up an average of 25.5 points per game, ranking 21st in the league.

Panthers rank: 15th (9th in NFC)

NFC South: Saints 2nd, Buccaneers 27th, Falcons 28th

Beyond the numbers: Again, the Panthers stayed put at 15th in the NFL's rankings this week. Dan Hanzus said that running back Christian McCaffrey's performance on Sunday "should return him near the top of any MVP conversation," and pointed out that CMC is on pace to deliver the greatest fantasy season of all time.

Panthers rank: 15th (9th in NFC)

NFC South: Saints 2nd, Buccaneers 25th, Falcons 28th

Beyond the numbers: The Panthers rose one spot following last Sunday's victory, according to Bleacher Report's rankings. The B/R staff applauded the Panthers' rebound against the Titans, saying quarterback Kyle Allen's play was much improved and that running back Christian McCaffrey's MVP campaign was on full display.

Panthers rank: 14th (9th in NFC)

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

Beyond the numbers: The Panthers climbed one spot following the victory over the Titans, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Florio said that if the Panthers can take down the Packers this weekend at Lambeau Field, it would go a long way in helping them make the playoffs.

Panthers rank: 13th (8th in NFC)

NFC South: Saints 2nd, Buccaneers 27th, Falcons 30th

Beyond the numbers: CBS Sports dropped the Panthers one spot this week after defeating the Titans, and Pete Prisco commended the Panthers for bouncing back thanks to an MVP-worthy performance by McCaffrey.

View all of the best photos from the field, locker room, sideline and postgame from Carolina's home win over Tennessee.

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