4. Carolina Panthers (9-3, Previous: 5)
The Panthers’ defense is just so oppressively awesome that the team could probably have coasted to half of its wins just by smothering the opposing team, a la Kansas City. But when you consider they’ve also got Superman behind center, there is no reason to doubt whether this eight-game winning streak is a fluke. Aside from leaping over a pile for a touchdown, Cam Newton put his arm on display for 263 yards and two touchdowns (OK, and two picks, but that doesn’t fit today’s narrative). Sunday’s showdown with New Orleans is going to be epic. (Getty Photo)
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