10 quick thoughts from the Panthers win vs. Buccaneers in Week 7

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Carolina Panthers restored some pride

Being the NFL’s laughing stock was no fun under Matt Rhule. The Carolina Panthers might be hurting, but they managed to restore some pride back into the organization in Week 7.

Tanking questions surfaced after the week’s trade activity. But it’s evident that the current group of players want to do everything in their power to get this franchise back to relevancy and perhaps provide interim head coach Steve Wilks with a legitimate shot at winning the job long-term.

Carolina Panthers overcame the odds

Not even the brightest optimist expected anything from the Panthers in this one. They were 13.5-point underdogs at Bank of America Stadium according to FanDuel Sportsbook but demonstrated tremendous resolve to overcome the odds and pick up their second win of the campaign.

This all comes down to superior coaching. Wilks has everyone believing in themselves and his all-business approach is a welcome change of pace following Rhule’s disastrous tenure.

Carolina Panthers remain in playoff contention

It’s amazing to say after everything that’s unfolded within the Carolina Panthers. But they are now just one game out of first place in the NFC South after beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Making the postseason remains a possibility, especially when one examines the current state of affairs within the division. Winning in Week 7 was a small step in the right direction and it certainly makes things a little more interesting over the coming weeks with plenty still to fight for.

Carolina can enhance their chances at the Atlanta Falcons next weekend, which is an opportunity to go 3-0 against NFC South rivals. A possibility that cannot be dismissed after an outstanding victory on Sunday.

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