How the Carolina Panthers can win the NFC South in 2020

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What can Matt Rhule’s Carolina Panthers do to shock the NFC South in 2020?

It’s the dawn of a new era in Charlotte as the Carolina Panthers have a tutor. The hiring of former Baylor University sideline leader Matt Rhule makes for a little history when it comes to the Carolina Panthers.

He’s the franchise’s first offensive-minded head coach since the team began play in 1995. Unfortunately, he inherits a situation which saw the club open 0-2, win five of its next six games and then drop its final eight contests to finish 5-11 in the 2019 NFL season.

Of course, this is a franchise that has enjoyed some recent success. The Panthers reached the playoffs four times in a five-year span from 2013-17 (missing in 2016) and represented the NFC in Super Bowl 50.

But that aforementioned run came under head coach Ron Rivera and quarterback Cam Newton. The latter just latched on with the New England Patriots while the former is now leading Dan Snyder’s club in Washington.

There are plenty of other new faces on a team that must try and unseat the team the Saints in the NFC South. It’s the third installment of the “last to first” series and there’s already been a look at the NFC West and AFC West. So how could these new-look Panthers pull it off in the NFC South in the 2020 season?

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