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Panthers move up in power rankings after Seattle win

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera talks with line judge Tom Stephan (68) in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, October 18, 2015. The Panthers won, 27-23.
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera talks with line judge Tom Stephan (68) in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, October 18, 2015. The Panthers won, 27-23. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

The 5-0 Carolina Panthers have their first signature victory of the 2015 season, and it made an impression in one power rankings and didn’t do much in another.

NFL.com has the Panthers ranked No. 4 in the NFL behind the Patriots, Packers and Bengals after Carolina’s 27-23 win in Seattle. ESPN.com didn’t take much stock in the win, moving the Panthers up from No. 7 to 6 in this week’s poll.

In ESPN’s poll, the Panthers are behind the Patriots, Packers, Broncos, Cardinals and Bengals. All those teams are undefeated except the 4-2 Cardinals.

“Is it time to place Cam Newton & Co. among the truly elite? ESPN’s Power Panel remains somewhat hesitant, as the Panthers rose just one spot to No. 6 -- the only unbeaten team not in our top five,” ESPN.com writes.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com wrote “the big jump here is well earned, folks” for Carolina.

The Panthers lead the Falcons by a game in the NFC South standings. Atlanta is ranked sixth in NFL.com and seventh by ESPN with the Saints (27/20) and Buccaneers (26/31) following.

Jonathan Jones: 704-358-5323, @jjones9

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