I was a bit shocked when I read this morning's MMQB by Peter King. He had the Panthers making the playoffs, with Atlanta on the bubble. Obviously, this is just speculation at this point, and it's always dangerous to underestimate our foes. However, with the major turnover at Carolina this year, I have a hard time imagining that they'll be as competitive as they were last year. King does admit that these rankings are pretty much garbage, as he cites his predictions last year that the Bears would go to the Super Bowl and the Saints were ranked 24th. Anyways, I thought that this was some especially questionable speculation.