NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Carolina Panthers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
CAROLINA PANTHERS (21)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 19) - Late spurt like last season.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 16) - Their play in recent weeks should mean Ron Rivera keeps his job.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 20)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 24) - Hard team to figure out, just never sure which team is going to show up.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 18) - Cam Newton does a number on the Chargers a week after getting the best of Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Will it be enough to save Ron Rivera's job?
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 20) - Cam Newton has now gone five games in a row without throwing an interception. He also hasn't thrown an interception in his last four road games.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 21) - Ron Rivera says he doesn't know what his future holds, but get real: He's 11-19 over two years, so tell me why a new GM retains him? Answer: He doesn't.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 22) - Might be too little, too late to save Ron Rivera's job.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 22) - Cam Newton is playing like the guy we all thought he would be, and putting 31 points on the Chargers on the road without running all over the field is a good sign for the future.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 21) - Two consecutive and convincing wins for the Panthers as they look like a team trying to save coach Ron Rivera's job. Too little too late?
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 21) - The Cam Express continued rolling through San Diego with quarterback Cam Newton posting his fourth straight outstanding game in a 31-7 laugher over San Diego.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 21) - If the Panthers beat the Raiders and Saints, they will have won five of their last six and made a strong case for Ron Rivera to be retained as head coach.