Panthers in the power rankings before Week 11

NFC South: Saints 3rd, Buccaneers 4th, Falcons 18th

ANALYSIS: "Things started well for the Panthers. They had an early lead on the Buccaneers as Teddy Bridgewater completed his first 12 passes, including two for touchdowns. But the Carolina offense began to sputter, the defense imploded and Bridgewater exited the game in the final minutes with a knee injury in a 46-23 loss. The Panthers remain a fun and competitive team most weeks, but you can't ignore a losing streak that has now stretched to five games. Third-down defense continues to be a huge problem: Tom Brady converted on six of seven third downs in the first half; in the third quarter, Carolina allowed a checkdown pass to tight end Cameron Brate to go for a first down on third-and-19. Ugly stuff."

NFC South: Saints 4th, Buccaneers 6th, Falcons 24th

ANALYSIS: "What would they take back: Fourth-and-1 to Alex Armah in the opener

The Panthers have arguably the best all-purpose back in the NFL in Christian McCaffrey and a chance to win Matt Rhule's opener at home. Then on fourth-and-1 from the Las Vegas 46 with 1:23 remaining, they gave the ball to Armah, a fullback who was stuffed for no gain. Very conservative call for offensive coordinator Joe Brady. The Raiders won 34-30, and that seemed to set the tone for a season in which the Panthers haven't figured out a way to consistently finish off games, losing five by eight points or fewer and three by four or fewer."

NFC South: Saints 3rd, Buccaneers 5th, Falcons 18th

ANALYSIS: "Teddy Bridgewater is banged up with a knee injury, so his status is up in the air. They've lost five straight games, but they've been better than that."

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NFC South: Saints 3rd, Buccaneers 9th, Falcons 20th

ANALYSIS: "Next year could be above average. This year definitely won't be."

NFC South: Saints 4th, Buccaneers 5th, Falcons 23rd

ANALYSIS: "It's bad enough that the Carolina Panthers got drilled Sunday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 23-point thumping was Carolina's fifth straight loss, making the 3-2 start to the season seem like a distant memory.

But what happened to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater late in the game was the worst news of all for the Panthers.

Bridgewater was forced from the game in the fourth quarter after getting his knee twisted on a sack. It wasn't the same knee that he shredded with the Vikings in 2016, but head coach Matt Rhule indicated after the game that he isn't sure about Bridgewater's status for Week 11.

"He got up and walked off," Rhule told reporters. "When it comes to knees and stuff like that, I don't know. I haven't had a chance to see him. I have no idea [how he is]."

It's been that kind of season in Charlotte."

Carolina leads the all-time series with Detroit, 7-3.

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