24. Carolina Panthers

Last Week's Rank: 26
Record: 5 - 9
This Week: W @ Texans, 28-13
Up Next: vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 Saturday
Trending: Up

Don't look now but the Panthers have won 3 of their last 4 games. And while two of those victories were over teams ranked in the bottom of our NFL Power Rankings (Tampa Bay and Indianapolis), last Sunday's W was at Houston against the Texans, a team that was riding a 7-game winning streak. Just another boost to Carolina's confidence going into next season. —Jose Martinez