NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Carolina Panthers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
CAROLINA PANTHERS (20)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 18) - Nice December winning streak.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 17) - Cam Newton has come on, which should help Ron Rivera keep job.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 20)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 25) - Genuinely concerned about Cam Newton, he has to grow up in a hurry and do a better job controlling his emotions.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 18) - Another strong showing - the latest in a series of them - for Cam Newton and his improving teammates. Too little, too late, but still hope for next year.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 20) - If the Pro Bowl voting was conducted based on December play, Cam Newton would be on his way to Hawaii. His Panthers are 3-1 and Newton has thrown for 8 touchdowns, run for two others and tossed only one interception.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 20) - Cam Newton is playing some of the best football of his career, so he goes and spoils it by bumping a ref? One of these days someone must force this guy to grow up.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 21) - A win in New Orleans and a Buc loss lifts the Saints out of the division basement.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 20) - Cam Newton has come out of his sophomore slump, but there is still a lot of work to do. It would be a mistake to change the coaching staff at this point.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 20)
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 20) - Although nothing can change the disappointment of failing to reach the playoffs, the Panthers can take pride in winning four of their past five games rather than giving up on the season.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 20) - After a 2-8 start, they have won four of their last five. Winning their finale would make a strong argument to retain Ron Rivera.