4 reasons why the Carolina Panthers can make the 2020 playoffs
By Dean Jones
The NFC is not that good
It doesn’t appear that there is much in the way of quality in the NFC. The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks looked primed for a deep playoff run, and ignore the Los Angeles Rams at your peril.
Outside of that, it seems pretty open. The Buccaneers and Saints haven’t been at their best with two aging quarterbacks who are prone to more errors than in years gone by. So whether this situation changes or not when push comes to shove down the stretch is up for debate.
The NFC East is a mess right now and it might only take six or seven wins from the Cowboys or Eagles to claim the divisional crown, it is just that bad.
The 49ers are a shell of the team that made the Super Bowl last season in the NFC West after some devastating injuries and the Cardinals have not lived up to high expectations so far despite getting some outstanding production from quarterback Kyler Murray.
In the NFC North, the Minnesota Vikings are tailing off with a 1-4 record and have it all to do, the Packers are the cream of the crop and the Chicago Bears can get themselves to 5-1 with victory at the Carolina Panthers on Sunday despite benching quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in favor of Nick Foles.
There is nothing to suggest that the Panthers cannot be one of the top-seven teams when it’s all said and done. Confidence is high within the group, but how they emerge from their divisional matchups is going to be crucial.