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Griffen, Vikings sack the Panthers to remain unbeaten

Whatever head coach Mike Zimmer has been saying to the Minnesota Vikings in the locker room at halftime, it has been working. For the second straight time in an away game this season, the Vikings ended up getting the win after trailing from halftime. This time with a 22-10 victory over the defending NFC Champion Carolina Panthers.

Behind 14 points and four sacks in the second half, Minnesota was able to defeat the Panthers on Sunday and improve their 2016 record to 3-0.

The Vikings got off to a bit of a shaky start in Carolina, allowing the Panthers to score 10 points on their first two offensive drives. But Minnesota went on to score 22 unanswered points and never looked back.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph had himself a day on Sunday, finishing with seven catches for 70 yards and one touchdown. Carolina really had no answer for Minnesota’s veteran tight end, who now has 14 total catches this year.

In his second start for the Vikings, quarterback Sam Bradford was solid once again. Finishing the game completing 18 of his 28 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown.

With no turnovers in his first two games for Minnesota, Bradford seems like the perfect quarterback to pair with the team’s ferocious defense.

Speaking of defense, the Vikings are currently looking like they have one of the best in the NFL this season. They entered Sunday’s game with a tough matchup against Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, but in the end they made the reigning league MVP look like he was playing in his first NFL game.

Minnesota’s defense sacked Newton eight times (including one safety), intercepted him three times and held him to 288 total yards.

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen ended the day with three sacks. He now has four sacks on the season and he could be well on his way to a career year if he continues with his current pace.

The Vikings began their comeback in the first half of this game with a Marcus Sherels 54-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter. From that point on, the momentum seemed to shift in Minnesota’s favor.

No matter how many points they were trailing by on Sunday, the Vikings had no doubt in their ability to come out with the win over Carolina. Minnesota will head back home now, where they will host the New York Giants next Monday and try to start their season with a 4-0 record for the first time since 2009.

Adam Patrick

Adam has been rooting for the Vikings ever since he saw Randall Cunningham win NFC Special Teams Player of the week in 1997. Since his career sports highlights include 3rd place at 5th Grade Golf Camp and catching a ball during a soccer game (he was not playing goalie), Adam turned to writing. He considers himself a 'Vikings Realist' as he does not shy away from criticizing the purple and gold if necessary. He will not always write about the popular topics, but his goal is to provide readers with content they cannot find anywhere else. Follow him on Twitter @Str8_Cash_Homey

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ColeFeeley
ColeFeeley
4 years ago

we play giants next week

Bob Garman
Bob Garman
4 years ago

Vikes play at home against NY Giants before the Houston game.

Dane Davis
Dane Davis
4 years ago

Actually, the Vikings host the Giants on MNF next week…you’d think you would know that!

Dane Davis
Dane Davis
4 years ago

I’m sure that your still wrapped up in the euphoria of realizing that we are fans of the best team in the NFC! (At least) Consider yourself excused!

Jese
Jese
4 years ago

Good write-up, but it is the Giants on MNF next week vice the Texans.

Dennis E. Jacobson
4 years ago

We need to be the under dogs on MNF. We play much better when nobody expects us to win.

CalVkg
CalVkg
4 years ago

man, our D is so legit!

what a great win!

SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!

Pat
Pat
4 years ago

Um. Giants next week

AKSsotan14
AKSsotan14
4 years ago

4 and 0? We play the Giants next week, right? Or, am I higher than I thought I got during the game?

Ole
Ole
4 years ago

Who do the Vikings play next week? Does anyone know?

ccarterhof
ccarterhof
Reply to  Ole
4 years ago

We play the team that will lose next week.

luvvikings
4 years ago

Holy cow guys.. Lighten up on Adam. How many have to correct the error? CC has it, no matter, the Vikes play one of the teams that lose next week! Great win. This defense is unbelievable.

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