Saturday, December 16, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings 24, Carolina Panthers 31

Game Recap

The Vikings came up short in their attempt to win nine games in a row Sunday. The last game of a three-game road trip resulted in Minnesota’s third loss of the season, and prevented the 10-3 Vikings from clinching the playoffs and capturing the NFC North division crown.

Offensively the Vikings failed to establish the rushing attack early. Jerick McKinnon led the team with 46 yards on seven carries (6.6 YPC) and Latavius Murray managed only 14 yards on nine carries (1.6 YPC). Quarterback Case Keenum added 40 yards on five rushes.

The Vikings had some success through the air but were doomed with turnovers at inopportune times. Keenum finished the day 27 of 44 (61%) passing for 280 with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen led Minnesota with six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown, but he also had two key drops in the end zone before the half. Instead of taking the lead at halftime the Vikings settled for a Kai Forbath field goal.

Stefon Diggs had six catches for 64 yards but had a ball bounce off his hands late in the game which resulted in a Carolina interception.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph had three catches for 42 yards with a touchdown but he also had issues catching the ball. Two dropped passes in the first half would have resulted in big plays for the offense. The Vikings top three pass catchers all had crucial drops throughout the game.

The Vikings defense was hurt by big plays, specifically two long runs. Carolina’s first touchdown was a 60-yard blast by Jonathan Stewart to the right of the center on third-and-one. Later in the game Cam Newton sealed the win with a 62-yard scamper up the middle of the field.

Defensive linemen Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen each collected a sack but Zimmer’s top-2 defensive unit couldn’t bounce back after giving up the long runs. Carolina rode 216 rushing yards en route to their fifth victory in six games.

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VIKINGS

OUT

RT Mike Remmers (low back)

  • Remmers rode a stationary bike during Thursday’s practice but did not participate in practice all week. He is out of Sunday’s matchup against the Panthers.

TE David Morgan (concussion) was limited in practice Thursday but did not practice Friday. He is listed as out.

C Pat Elflein (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

UPDATE: Elflein is OUT today.

  • If Elflein is unable to go, the Vikings would likely to move right guard Joe Berger to center and Jeremiah Sirles would fill Berger’s role at right guard. Another option would be to move left guard Nick Easton to center and have Sirles or Danny Isidora fill in at left guard.
  • UPDATE: according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press Easton will start at center with Sirles starting at left guard.

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Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers

The Vikings (10-2) will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend to take on Panthers (8-4) at Bank of America Stadium. The game is Sunday at noon (CST).

The showdown will be a battle between two top-10 defenses.

Earlier in the week, we looked at how the teams stacked up by numbers. Now, let’s focus on the individual matchups that will be crucial in determining the game’s outcome.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Panthers Preview feat. @JReidDraftScout + Travis Hancock + Offshore Insiders (ep. 473)

Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Fans are demanding excellence from the team and the Purple are delivering. To take a look ahead at the showdown in Carolina, we welcomed in Friend of the Program Travis Hancock (@TBoneWFNZ) of WFNZ The Fan in Charlotte to talk about Cam Newton, the handsomely-paid Matt Kalil, and the overall temperature of the Panther fan base. Joe Duffy (@offshoreinsider) swings in to talk about the sports betting aspects surrounding the game and why Vikings fans should be particularly interested in the Packers @ Browns tilt. Plus we bring it home with Jordan Reid’s (@JReidDraftScout) weekly spot and find out if he’s *finally* sold on Case Keenum.

All that and more “Everson Sets the Sack Record” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Drew Mahowald presents the 16th edition of the Skol Scale following the Minnesota Vikings’ gritty road win against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Minnesota Vikings are scorching hot.

The Minnesota Vikings are also the best team in the NFC.

The Minnesota Vikings control their own destiny for home-field advantage in the playoffs — through the Super Bowl.

Not bad, right?

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