Vikings: 3 Keys to Beating the Panthers

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The Vikings had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Kai Forbath that cut the deficit to 14-13 at halftime. So finishing tied with New Orleans won't be good enough for the Panthers. Panther turned Viking turned Panther Captain Munnerlyn figures to play a key role from the slot, especially with linebacker Shaq Thompson being ruled out with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Regardless, he'll certainly have to show up against a dominant Vikings defense that now allows the second-fewest total yards per game (289.1). With penalties, lack of turnovers and simply giving up yards (216 on the ground), the defense had one of their worst games of the season.

"Simple zone-read", Newton said, via the team's official website. "It's a feeling-out process throughout the whole game". "They wanted him, kind of in his mind from what he was telling me, as a camp body, an extra guy, knowing the injuries at quarterback with Teddy (Bridgewater) still being hurt". One of the plays I pulled and I shouldn't have.

"I'm just going to go out there and rush him".

At 9-4 this season, the Panthers are threatening to make the playoffs for the fourth time in five years and they are starting to get 2015 vibes where they made winning fun. "When that happens, things are good". They ran just 21 times compared to 44 Keenum throws, which has not been their blueprint for success this season. Late in the first half, the normally reliable Thielen dropped two passes in the endzone. Stewart scored three touchdowns for the first time in his career.

"It was very strategic, when I think back", the 2015 league MVP said with a smile.

The Vikings are seeking their ninth straight win when they visit the Panthers.

While the two quarterbacks have taken dramatically different paths, it is Keenum who has the Vikings positioned to win the NFC North - and perhaps even earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. His touchdown in the first quarter was his fourth one in nine quarters. "They have been working hard".

The Bills' sideline erupted after McCoy's touchdown, with numerous players running on to the field to either make snow angels or engage in celebratory snowball fights. That's the big thing. We see it every day.

Vikings: 3 Keys to Beating the Panthers
Vikings: 3 Keys to Beating the Panthers

Worley and Bradberry both downplayed their roles.

"That's just who Case is", Sirles said. "But we'll bounce back next week, and we'll be fine". "So we went out there and competed and gave it our all".

Before an injury-plagued 2017 season, Carolina's Greg Olsen was one of the most unsafe tight ends in football.

Olsen wasn't a big part of the offense, though.

What's better than a comeback drive to win game in the fourth quarter? "That's what good teams do". The Saints do own a tiebreaker, however, by way of a season sweep. In addition to Minnesota, their two divisional clashes-one with Tampa Bay and one in Atlanta-along a possible Week 15 matchup with a returning Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers may not prove to be cakewalks.

Rivera said he is very pleased with where the Panthers now sit.

"Riley's a tough guy and there's no doubt that if he can be out there, he will, " Easton said. "They are playing hard".

"We had everything against us and we had struggled out last three possessions. We just have to have answers for it". "We're going to go home and look at film and get ready for next week". We have to take care of our business. Their quest to earn a first-round playoff bye would be aided by yet another win; they're now 8-1 vs. NFC foes.

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