With the start of the regular season fast approaching, it's time to find out where some pundits have the Panthers in the preseason power rankings. Some are updated only through the second preseason game, while others were updated prior to training camps.
Panthers rank: 18th (10th in NFC)
NFC South: Saints 3rd, Falcons 16th, Panthers 18th, Buccaneers 27th
Beyond the numbers: The ESPN staff took a hot seat take on each team, stating that the Panthers need a strong season to avoid back-to-back losing seasons for Rivera.
Panthers rank: 20th (10th in NFC)
NFC South: Saints 3rd, Falcons 17th, Panthers 20th, Buccaneers 29th
Beyond the numbers: Dan Hanzus critiques Carolina's backup quarterbacks and the need for a healthy Cam Newton entering the regular season.
Panthers rank: 14th (7th in NFC)
NFC South: Saints 2nd, Panthers 14th, Falcons 15th, Buccaneers 24th
Beyond the numbers: Bleacher Report is expecting Carolina's young playmakers to make an impact in 2019.
Panthers rank: 21st (10th in NFC)
NFC South: Saints 6th, Falcons 17th, Panthers 21st, Buccaneers 29th
Beyond the numbers: Peter King talks about the uncertainty with Newton's throwing shoulder and the offensive line.
Panthers rank: 16th (8th in NFC)
NFC South: Saints 6th, Falcons 8th, Panthers 16th, Buccaneers 25th
Beyond the numbers: A healthy Cam Newton can push the Panthers into the playoffs.