Panthers regain footing across post-Week 8 power rankings

The Carolina Panthers stopped a few trends in Week 8.

They stopped the Atlanta Falcons two-game winning streak. After starting the season at 3-1, they denied themselves a fifth consecutive loss.

And, in pertinence to this post, they hit the brakes on what would have been an even deeper slide across this week’s power rankings with their 19-13 win. Let’s now see what they did.

Author: Nate Davis


Rank: 25 (+2)


Author’s take : “They are currently in the NFC playoff field despite Carolina’s poor performance since September. If he has enough information about the incoming Patriots , maybe Stephon Gilmore could change that Sunday.

Author: Nick Wojton


Rank: 19 (+2)


Author’s take: “The early-season Panthers defense returned against the Falcons and their new addition shined as CB Stephon Gilmore had an interception to clinch it. The problem was that the Panthers offense was slowing down. Carolina tried to rush for 203 yards, but was unsuccessful. Instead, they settled for four field goals. After taking a huge hit .”

, QB Sam Darnold is now in the concussion protocol.

Author: Dan Hanzus


Rank: 21 (+4)


Author’s take : “The situation of Christian McCaffrey remains cloudy and perplexing even if you are not a CMC fantasy owners. Matt Rhule told reporters on Monday that the star running back — sidelined since September with a hamstring injury — is scheduled to return to practice this week with the hope that he can play in Week 9 or 10. The same hamstring injury that caused McCaffrey to be sidelined since Week 3 didn’t warrant a trip to injured reserve, so there are legitimate concerns about the team’s ability monitor the situation. The Panthers need McCaffrey to make a playoff run, but they also know one more setback could wipe out a second straight year of the 25-year-old’s prime. The tension in the situation can be felt from far away .”

Author: David Newton


Rank: 20 (+4)


Author’s take : “The offensive lines proved they could run block, which allowed Carolina to rush for an unprecedented 203 yardage on 47 tries in Sunday’s victory at Atlanta. That kept the Falcons from loading up against the pass as teams did the past four weeks, collecting 15 sacks against Sam Darnold during that span. However, teams will still load the box and force Panthers to pass . The line is vulnerable

Our final take :

Our final take is . . Finally!

Finally, the Panthers won. The offense finally worked for the Panthers. The Panthers also played a clean game all afternoon.

Week 8’s victory, along with the return of linebacker Shaq Thompson and team debut of cornerback Stephon Gilmore, has seemingly added a little bit of life back into the team. Imagine what Christian McCaffrey, the star running back, could do for the team.

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