Vikes at Panthers Game Wrap: Vikings Drop A Big Game in…

Vikes at Panthers Game Wrap: Vikings Drop A Big Game in…

"Give those guys a chance to get there and they're going to do well". Atlanta plays the other NFC South member, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, next week before those two games.

Vikings quarterback Case Keenum was outplaying Newton for most of the ball game. Keenum and company battled, but the Vikings could now be on the outside looking in at home-field advantage in the NFC playoff picture.

The Panthers quarterback popped a 62-yard run late in the game, which allowed them to finish off a 31-24 win over the Vikings. One of the biggest things that sold then-and-now general manager Marty Hurney and head coach Ron Rivera on Newton in the 2011 pre-draft process was what he did under pressure at Auburn. "It's in front of us, and we will see what happens".

They will host the Cincinnati Bengals for a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on December 17. But the opening drive of third quarter found the best third-down defense in the league giving up their third score of the game on a third down. That allowed Newton to join Randall Cunningham and Mike Vick as the only National Football League quarterbacks to rush for at least 500 yards in six different seasons.

The offensive line took the field without right tackle Mike Remmers for a fifth straight game and center Pat Elflein (shoulder) joined him on the inactive list. Eventually, Julius Peppers began to beat Rashod Hill on the right side and the defense began getting to Keenum (they sacked him six times). "They made a few good blocks, and he saw a hole and ran through it", Rhodes added.




Much of his surprising success can be attributed to duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, perhaps the top 1-2 punch at receiver the game now has to offer. We try to attack the defense with a lot of misdirection things to make them hesitate. Instead, the Vikings lost and their two rival teams still in contention in the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers won in Week 14 to keep the divisional race alive for at least another week. "You've got to possess the ball, and the ball can't move". His touchdown was a nice catch-and-run of 52 yards (he finished with six catches for 105 yards on 13 targets), but by that time the team was playing desperate catch-up ball, and it all was too late in a game that should have gotten to that point. But four of his plays helped swing this NFC tilt in the home team's direction.

Counting that one, Thielen had two dropped passs on Sunday. The fourth-year pro burst onto the scene last season when he caught 69 passes for 967 yards and five touchdowns. The Vikings were a step behind all day, which is why they were grasping at facemasks. Thielen, who many Panthers fans were introduced to in 2014 when he blocked and returned a punt off the foot of Brad Nortman for a touchdown, ranks fourth amongst all pass catchers in receiving yards with 1,056. And the Vikings were not good enough in the red zone either.

The Jaguars (9-4) intercepted three passes by Russell Wilson, including two on deep balls, and won for the sixth time in their last seven games.

Turnovers. The Panthers came into the game with 17 turnovers and the Vikings had 10.

What could work in Carolina's favor is Minnesota's struggles on third-and-long situations.

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