23. Carolina Panthers (2-5)
Here is another team that is showing who they really are when they have their players healthy. Last Sunday in a 33-20 victory over the Cardinals, their defense was dominating. They sacked Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer eight times.
Their offense still sputters at times but has enough balance to beat others. If running back Jonathan Stewart can stay healthy the rest of the way, which is a big if, then there is no reason why the Panthers can’t climb back into the playoff race.
They’ve done it before. Two years ago they rattled off a huge winning streak at the end of the 2014 season to vault them into the playoffs and win the NFC South.
It won’t be easy though. Keeping quarterback Cam Newton will need to stay healthy. That too is a big if. He has taken a lot of shots to the legs, the head, and yes has only missed one game due to concussion.