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Panthers in the power rankings before season finale at Tampa Bay

PowerRankings-week18

CHARLOTTE - Follow five media outlets throughout the season as their writers update their NFL power rankings, presented by Daimler Trucks North America.

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NFL.com
NFC South: Buccaneers 3rd, Saints 16th, Falcons 22nd

ANALYSIS: "If the Panthers hoped Sam Darnold’s return to the lineup would pump some end-of-season optimism into the building, well, we’re not there yet."

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ESPN
NFC South: Buccaneers 3rd, Saints 19th, Falcons 23rd

ANALYSIS: "I'm not saying Sam Darnold is the answer at quarterback for the Panthers. I don't think he is. But there's no way to truly know considering how often he's under duress."

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CBS Sports
NFC South: Buccaneers 3rd, Saints 17th, Falcons 24th

ANALYSIS: "This thing went bad after a fast start to the season. The offensive line is as bad as any in the league, and it shows every week."

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Bleacher Report
NFC South: Buccaneers 3rd, Saints 16th, Falcons 25th

ANALYSIS: "Since starting the 2021 season 3-0 against a trio of tomato cans, the Carolina Panthers have won all of twice in 13 games."

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Sports Illustrated
NFC South: Buccaneers 3rd, Saints 18th, Falcons 23rd

ANALYSIS: "Matt Rhule’s decision to cut ties with Joe Brady still feels strange, especially now that the Panthers are wilting on their way out of the 2021 season."

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