Panthers in the Power Rankings: Week 17

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Here's where the Panthers stand in various power rankings following their victory over the Buccaneers.

NFL.com

Panthers rank: 7th (5th in NFC)
Previous rank: 8th

NFC South: Saints 5th, Panthers 7th, Falcons 11th, Buccaneers 26th
This week's opponent: Falcons 11th

Beyond the numbers: Elliot Harrison didn't like that the Panthers almost sleepwalked their way into a loss against the Buccaneers. A lot didn't go the Panthers' way, but Carolina was able to put together one good drive to win it.

ESPN.com

Panthers rank: 7th (5th in NFC)
Previous rank: 8th

NFC South: Saints 6th, Panthers 7th, Falcons 11th, Buccaneers 27th
This week's opponent: Falcons 11th

Beyond the numbers: ESPN points out that quarterback Cam Newton has had some of his best success running the football this season. His legs have helped the Panthers to 11 wins and he currently leads the team in rushing.

CBS Sports

Panthers rank: 5th (3rd in NFC)
Previous rank: 5th

NFC South: Saints 4th, Panthers 5th, Falcons 12th, Buccaneers 28th
This week's opponent: Falcons 12th

Beyond the numbers: Pete Prisco wasn’t impressed with the Panthers effort Sunday, but they still secured a playoff spot. If the Saints lose this week, the Panthers can still win the division with a win over the Falcons.

Sporting News

Panthers rank: 4th (2nd in NFC)
Previous rank: 4th

NFC South: Panthers 4th, Saints 7th, Falcons 9th, Buccaneers 28th
This week's opponent: Falcons 9th

Beyond the numbers: The Eagles are the only NFC team ranked higher than the Panthers in this list.

Bleacher Report

Panthers rank: 6th (4th in NFC) 
Previous rank: 6th

NFC South: Saints 5th, Panthers 6th, Falcons 11th, Buccaneers 27th
This week's opponent: Falcons 11th

Beyond the numbers: Chris Simms credits the Panthers for winning a game in which they didn't play well. Although Simms' concerns for Carolina were all prevalent in the win. There was tons of pressure on Newton, and he lacks a wide receiver that can stretch the field.

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