Week 17 NFL Power Rankings: The Broncos Are Starting To Slide

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24. Carolina Panthers (LW: 24)

Don’t look now, but there are finally only two teams remaining in the NFC South race. With Carolina’s third straight victory, the Panthers move into first place in the division, and now travel to Atlanta for a Week 17 showdown that will decide which team has ‘earned’ a home playoff game. While it has long been established that no one from the NFC South has put together a playoff-worthy campaign, the Panthers have, at least won important games down the stretch. Too bad each of their opponents have losing records.

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