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5. Carolina (3-9)

Remaining opponents' winning percentage: .479 (23-25 combined record)

Best chance to win: At home Dec. 23 against Oakland (3-9).

Outlook: Cloudy. The Panthers beat New Orleans–their season-ending opponent–in Week 2 and were set to best Atlanta before a late collapse in Week 4. But plenty has changed since both those matchups. Carolina fired general manager Marty Hurney and head coach Ron Rivera looks like he’ll be the next guy given a pink slip. Will the Panthers respond knowing Rivera is a lame duck?

Biggest position of need: Wide receiver. The Panthers have no playmakers at the position for Cam Newton to target besides Steve Smith. Hurney’s history of striking out on wideouts–Dwayne Jarrett, Ryne Robinson,Brandon LaFell and Armanti Edwards were all drafted in the second and fourth rounds between 2007 and 2011--is one of the reasons Carolina’s passing offense ranks No. 16 in the NFL. -Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

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