Predicting the final 4 games as Panthers look to clinch NFC South

(Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) Sam Darnold
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How will the Carolina Panthers fare over their final four games as they go in search of a shock NFC South divisional title in 2022?

Where the was misery, pessimism, and disconnection, there is hope at last. The Carolina Panthers are just one game back of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers atop the NFC South following their convincing win over the Seattle Seahawks, which is an incredible turnaround under the guidance of interim head coach Steve Wilks.

There is nothing special about Carolina’s recent resurgence. Wilks is keeping things simple, restoring the culture that made this team great, and adopting a trench warfare mentality that is bringing about outstanding progress.

Fans are now starting to believe again, which was always going to be the toughest challenge after so much failure under the previous head coach. What comes next is undecided, but Wilks has made his case to win the job beyond 2022 regardless of how things play out.

With this in mind, we predicted how Carolina could fare over their remaining fixtures in pursuit of a staggering postseason berth.

Week 15

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Carolina Panthers vs. Steelers

Steve Wilks issued a rallying cry to fans ahead of this weekend’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium. The terrible towels always travel in large numbers, so it’ll be interesting to see how things unfold during a crucial contest.

Pittsburgh isn’t playing for much other than pride. But head coach Mike Tomlin is a man that commands instant respect and things won’t be nearly as easy at the line of scrimmage in this one.

Prediction: Win (6-8)

The Carolina Panthers will look to take advantage of some quarterback uncertainty with Kenny Picket in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Pittsburgh’s run defense can also be exploited, so another victory is entirely possible with a strong start.