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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 12 roundup for the Panthers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 21

Be thankful for: The early returns of the Matt Rhule era. Their 4-7 record doesn't tell the whole story. The Panthers have been consistently competitive, and I love that Rhule is willing to try stuff -- fake punts, trick plays, aggressive fourth-down calls -- when they're big underdogs. Carolina has been fun to watch and has useful offensive pieces in place. With a good offseason, the Panthers could be playoff contenders in 2021.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 18

They snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Lions with P.J. Walker at quarterback, which is a tribute to the coaching. They have a lot to like moving forward.

USA Today -- Rank: 17

It's time to start talking about sophomore DE Brian Burns, who's quietly emerging as one of the league's best young pass rushers.

ESPN -- Rank: 20

What they're thankful for: QB Teddy Bridgewater

Moving on from franchise quarterback Cam Newton drew criticism and angst from many outside Bank of America Stadium, but Bridgewater has proved to be everything the coaching staff was looking for, and more. He has handled the transition with class and dignity and has shown that he is more than worthy of replacing the best quarterback -- maybe best player -- in franchise history. Bridgewater has shown you can perform at a high level and be humble and fun-loving without being the center of attention, as Newton often was because of his celebrity status. -- David Newton

NFL.com -- Rank: 19

A 20-0 win over the Lions on Sunday reaffirms the belief that the Panthers have the right man on the sideline. Many teams would roll over without their best player (Christian McCaffrey, shoulder) and starting quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater, knee), but Matt Rhule kept his group focused and prepared. Said safety Tre Boston after the game: "We're the toughest, hardest-working team in the league." The Panthers likely played themselves out of the playoff hunt with the five-game losing streak that was snapped Sunday, but they have the feel of a team that is going to wreak havoc on the playoff picture over the final six weeks. Arrow up in Charlotte.

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