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2022 NFL Power Rankings: Carolina Panthers

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Carolina Panthers in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Baker Mayfield has been subpar. That's putting it kindly because he is putting up career-worst numbers. He ranks 32nd in the league in Total QBR (19.5), 31st in completion percentage (51.8), 28th in passing yards (550), 25th in touchdown passes (3, including a 67-yarder caught behind the line of scrimmage) and 25th in passer rating (80.8). And this doesn't take into account five fumbles (all recovered) and almost a dozen passes batted down at the line of scrimmage.

NFL.com -- Rank: 31

The Panthers continue to get little from Baker Mayfield and the offense. Luckily, the defense was ready to step up against the Saints. Marquis Haynes set the tone with a scoop-and-score fumble recovery TD in the first quarter, and two second-half interceptions of Jameis Winston helped to seal a much-needed 22-14 win that snapped a nine-game losing streak dating back to last season. Afterward, Panthers players presented coach Matt Rhule with the game ball. "I want the game to always be about the players," Rhule said. "With that being said, it was a tremendous honor. But at the end of the day, it's not about me. I want them to make me right."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 31

The defense won the game against the Saints last week, but the offense needs to do more. At least Matt Rhule is in the win column to stave off the talk of him being fired -- for now.

USA Today -- Rank: 28

Nice to snap a league-high, nine-game losing streak dating to 2021. Next up, an Arizona squad which Carolina has beaten six times in a row.

The Athletic -- Rank: 32

Thank you to Brian Burns for giving us easily the coolest locker room answer of the week.


The Panthers' passing offense has been woeful — Baker Mayfield ranks 32nd of 32 qualifying quarterbacks in EPA per dropback — but they forced three turnovers, including a 44-yard fumble-return touchdown by Marquis Haynes to get off the schneid. Even as Mayfield struggles, Christian McCaffrey has been solid with 243 rushing yards, which is tied for fifth after three weeks.

The Ringer -- Rank: 29

Baker Mayfield has been hard to watch this season. No quarterback has a lower EPA per dropback average (-0.21) through three weeks, and his Week 3 stat line against New Orleans was largely saved by a heroic Laviska Shenault Jr. play; Shenault caught Mayfield's pass behind the line of scrimmage and took it 67 yards to the end zone in the fourth quarter. Excluding the play, Mayfield completed just 11 of 24 for 103 yards without a score and took three sacks. The defense, which currently ranks top-10 in EPA per play allowed, and a rushing attack led by Christian McCaffrey will remain a volatile lifeline for the Panthers unless Mayfield turns things around.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 30

Christian McCaffrey, one of the greatest receiving running backs ever with two 100-catch seasons on his resume, has 10 catches for 57 yards in three games. One of the signs of a bad coaching staff is when it doesn't understand how to play to the strengths of its best players.

PFT -- Rank: 31

Matt Rhule's termination has been temporarily delayed.

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