NFL Playoff Power Rankings

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6. Carolina Panthers

With an amazing defense, this team turned a 1-3 start into a playoff season that has given Carolina Panther fans hope. Leaning mainly on their defense, Cam Newton has certainly matured both off the field and on the field, limiting mistakes and playing smart football.

The only thing is, however, they Panthers have not won a game this year when the opposing team scores more than 21 points. Now that goes to show how important the defense is but in the playoffs it’s very tough to keep opponents under 21 points throughout the entirety.

The Panthers season may end up coming down to Cam Newton and the offense. But either way, this team certainly can play against anyone in the league.

Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals defeated the Ravens 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

5. Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals are the only team besides the Saints with a top 10 offense and defense in the playoffs. The Bengals play extremely well at home and are arguably the most talented team.

However, with some questionable play-calling at times and inconsistency from Andy Dalton, the Bengals certainly have had their fair share of troubles. The main X factor will be how Dalton plays in the playoffs. The Bengals are 4-0 against playoff contenders this year, and have beaten Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, and Joe Flacco all at home this year.

The Bengals can certainly make some noise, but it all comes down to consistent play from Andy Dalton.

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