NFL Power Rankings, Week 12: Ravens pound Texans, Raiders stay in hunt

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Mark Andrews #89 of the Baltimore Ravens (not pictured) against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Mark Andrews #89 of the Baltimore Ravens (not pictured) against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 17: Deion Jones #45 of the Atlanta Falcons tries to stop Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 17: Deion Jones #45 of the Atlanta Falcons tries to stop Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

16. Carolina Panthers (10)

At one point this season, it looked as though the Carolina Panthers were going to make the NFC South race interesting. After losing their first two games of the season, they turned to Kyle Allen who was replacing a hurt Cam Newton. Allen led them to four wins in a row but then they ran into a brick wall.

During the last week of October, the Panthers went on the road to play the San Francisco 49ers. They were smoked in that one to the tune of 51-13. That loss hurt them and it exposed many of their flaws. It also started a terrible trend of losing as they have now dropped three of their last four, which moves them to 5-5 on the year.

This Sunday, they weren’t even able to get the ball into the end zone. Allen threw four interceptions and they lost to the Atlanta Falcons 29-3. The miscues from Allen wasted a great performance from running back Christian McCaffrey. He had 121 yards on 11 catches to lead the team and added another 70 yards on the ground.

Now in a tough spot, the Panthers can’t afford any more miscues if they want to find a way to get into the playoffs.