NFL Power Rankings Week 9

Oct 30, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) dives in the end zone for a touchdown during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. The Patriots beat the Bills 41-25. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) dives in the end zone for a touchdown during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. The Patriots beat the Bills 41-25. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /
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22. Carolina Panthers – 2-5

The Panthers showed signs of being the team they were last year. They dominated the Cardinals, claiming a 30-20 victory and snapped a four-game losing streak.

In their losses, their once dominate defense was non-existent. This week they came back with a vengeance. The defense sacked Palmer eight times, grabbed an interception and forced a fumble, returning it for a touchdown.

If this defense can continue to play this way, the Panthers will be right back in the thick of things. They are currently in last place in the NFC South. But they are only three games out of the lead. The offense came to life in this game also.

Cam Newton went 14-of-27 for 212 yards and rushed seven times for 43 yards. Jonathan Stewart also had a big game with 25 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns. For the Panthers to produce against a defense that doesn’t give up a lot, that was huge.

This week the Panthers play the LA Rams. The Rams are having struggles of their own. But if the Panthers play the way they did Sunday this will be an easy victory.