- David Newton, ESPN Staff Writer
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A weekly examination of the Panthers’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 23 | Last Week: 21 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera spent his bye weekend, in his words, "flopping around" the Charlotte area going to restaurants and other venues with his wife.
"It was just nice to be out and be carefree for a while," Rivera said.
His 1-2 team didn't flop around in ESPN's Power Rankings after the bye week, remaining at No. 21. You can't ask for much more.
Rivera did spend a little bit of time checking out the rest of the league. He would have spent more, but unfortunately he doesn't have the NFL Sunday Ticket as a part of his television package.
Not that he needs it. As Rivera said of his Sundays, "I'm usually busy."
So instead of watching upcoming opponent Arizona (2-2) beat Tampa Bay -- "I couldn't find it," Rivera said. -- he watched portions of the Minnesota-Pittsburgh game from London and the New England-Atlanta game on Sunday night.
"I watched what was on TV and it was interesting," said Rivera, whose team moved up six spots in the rankings a week ago after a 38-0 victory over the New York Giants. "My perspective is a little different. I drive my wife nuts because I talk during the whole game. She said, 'Do you ever just enjoy it?' I said, 'Not really.'
"I look at what teams are doing. I challenge myself and think about things that are going on. As my wife says, 'You don't do anything normal when you watch football.' But it was fun. It really was."
You can't ask for much more there, either.