4 reasons why the Carolina Panthers can make the 2020 playoffs

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Pharoh Cooper
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Pharoh Cooper /
1 of 5
Carolina Panthers
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater /

The Carolina Panthers are currently on a three-game winning streak, but could they secure a surprise playoff spot?

Things are looking up for the Carolina Panthers, who are in the midst of a three-game winning run that now sees them at 3-2 heading into their Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears at Bank of America Stadium. Nobody outside the organization expected them to be in this sort of position through five weeks of the 2020 season, especially considering their poor start.

New head coach Matt Rhule was always eager to play down the term “rebuilding” regarding the Carolina Panthers this season. The former Baylor man was confident that his talented young roster could surprise those who wrote off their chances prior to competitive action getting underway. And if things continue to trend on an upward curve in the coming weeks, then this is now a distinct possibility.

Nobody saw this coming, but the Panthers won’t be a surprise for much longer if things continue as they are.

Carolina finds itself in a tie for first place in the NFC South with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints, who also got to 3-2 with a come-from-behind victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football. Both teams harboring far loftier expectations than the Panthers going into the campaign, which is a testament to how well Rhule has turned things around in a short space of time.

There is still a long way to go. But the Panthers might just find themselves in with a chance of making the postseason if they can continue to progress with every passing game and pick up positive results from some stiff challenges that lie ahead.

Here are four reasons why Carolina can make the playoff in Rhule’s first full season at the helm.