CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The NFL Power rankings were released today and the Carolina Panthers came in at number 16.
While their 2-0 record is setting them up for a strong season, there were some offensive fumbles in Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, as well as the loss of TE Greg Olsen who was recently moved to injured reserve.
The team is currently ranked second in the NFC South, which probably comes as a surprise for some. Back in July, USA Today's NFL record projections were released, and things did not look good for the Panthers.
NFL reporter Nate Davis had slated the Panthers to fall into last place in the NFC South, causing some upset among the team's fans.
USA Today Sports predicting the Panthers go 7-9 and I'm all pic.twitter.com/pjeuf47TL2— Liz Drabick (@ldrabick) July 24, 2017
Davis noted that the Panthers poor projection was based on Cam Newton's shoulder injury from earlier this year, and the coming month of October in which the Panthers have just one of five games at home.
But now that the team has started the season with a 2-0 record, this last place projection is seeming just a bit off.
The Panthers defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-3 in the season opener and won their first home game against the Buffalo Bills 9-3 on Sunday.
While the team's offense has suffered due to Cam's throwing arm injury and restricted practice time, defense has been impressive, keeping the challenging team's scores low.
Only time will tell if the boys will #KeepPounding this season, but so far, they're looking good.
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