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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.

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

Below you will find a post-Super Bowl 56 roundup for the Panthers in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Offseason in three or fewer words: Fix the offense

It's hard to simply say fix the offensive line, which is a priority, because the quarterback position is such as mess as well. Sam Darnold isn't the answer, and with weak free-agent and draft classes, the solution isn't easy. But even if the Panthers wind up with Darnold as the starter, they need a major overhaul of the offensive line that was a primary factor in the offense ranking near the bottom in almost every major category. If that doesn't happen, even Tom Brady wouldn't stand a chance. -- David Newton

NFL.com -- Rank: 30

The Panthers loom as a major player in the quarterback market. Sam Darnold proved he wasn't the guy on a fairly definitive level in his first season in Carolina, and owner David Tepper just watched his team's No. 1 trade target last offseason hoist the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night. It feels very possible that Tepper will go very hard to find this year's version of Matthew Stafford -- if such a player exists on this market. Deshaun Watson would make sense from a football perspective, and the apparent discord between the Cardinals and Kyler Murray is a situation one can imagine Matt Rhule and Co. are watching with lusty interest.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

Owner David Tepper is said to want a quarterback in the worst way. That could mean a big-time trade for a marquee player like Deshaun Watson.

USA Today -- Rank: 31

A team that lost 12 of its final 14 games, including the last seven, and has one of this year's first 105 draft picks is also banking on Ben McAdoo to fix QB Sam Darnold and this offense in 2022. Uhhh …

The Athletic -- Rank: 27

2021 was massively disappointing for the Panthers, who lost their final seven games. Matt Rhule desperately needs to get the quarterback answer right in his third season as coach, or this time next year we'll be talking about the Panthers completely starting over. The silver lining, if there is one, is that at least two of their division rivals, the Bucs and the Saints, also face major quarterback questions this offseason.

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