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2020 NFL Power Rankings: Carolina Panthers

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Carolina Panthers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Panthers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 23

Taylor Moton, OT: He's played well at right tackle for Carolina and has never missed a game in his four-year career. Moton turns 27 in August. He's precisely the type of low-risk, reliable player who generally cashes in on the free-agent market.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 23

They showed some toughness to win a game against Washington on the road. Matt Rhule is showing well this season with an undermanned team.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

RB Mike Davis, who just wrapped up his first 1,000-yard (from scrimmage) season, is one of league's feel-good stories.

ESPN -- Rank: 24

New Year's resolution: Win close games

You've heard this before, but the Panthers are 0-8 in games in which they have had the ball on their last possession with a chance to win or tie. Win half of those and they are right in the playoff mix. Coach Matt Rhule wants to develop a gritty, tough-minded team. Getting over the hump in those type of games will go a long way in turning things around. -- David Newton

NFL.com -- Rank: 22

Matt Rhule said Monday that Christian McCaffrey is unlikely to be active in Sunday's finale against the Saints, which means the Panthers will finish their season having played 13 of 16 games without their best player. When you factor that in, Carolina's 5-10 record doesn't seem so bad. In fact, this team feels like it's on the right track, with Rhule on the sidelines. That Saints matchup could be important for Teddy Bridgewater. The veteran passer has experienced an up-and-down first season in Charlotte, but a strong finale against New Orleans' high-ranked defense would give the Carolina brain trust something to think about in the offseason.

Previous update: Carolina Panthers Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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