I agree that the Panthers look bad, but...have many teams looked better? I wouldn't be surprised if they get the wild card as all, especially with their schedule of theirs.
Frankly, it could not be any more of an embarrassment of a year, competition-wise, for the NFL, esp. in the year they'll be celebrating SB 50. As I've said before, the cherry on top of this year, would be Goodell having to give Kraft another Lombardi (not saying it WILL happen...just that it'd be a cherry on top).