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Panthers vs. Vikings Game Preview

Carolina Panthers
26 Nov 2020, 20:44 GMT+10

Will Bryan

Game Reset

Carolina Panthers (4-7) at Minnesota Vikings (4-6) U.S. Bank Stadium | Minneapolis, Minn. FOX | 1 pm ET Injury Report | Depth Chart

History: Panthers vs. Vikings

Carolina is 6-8 all-time against Minnesota The Panthers have gone 3-6 all-time at Minnesota, with the last road win coming in 2013. Current Streak: Panthers W1 Last matchup: Carolina won, 31-24, in 2017 after a game-winning 1-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Stewart late in the fourth quarter.

Notable Connections

Panthers

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was drafted by Minnesota in the first round of the 2014 Draft and played for the Vikings from 2014-17. Wide receiver Brandon Zylstra is from Minnesota, played his college ball at Concordia (Minn.) and appeared on special teams for the Vikings in 2018.

Vikings

Senior defensive assistant coach Dom Capers was Carolina's first head coach from 1995-98.

Scouting the Vikings

Minnesota looks to start a new win streak after they swept the NFC North over three straight weeks, then lost to Dallas last weekend.

The Vikings have one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL, led by Dalvin Cook. He has over 1,000 rushing yards and is neck-and-neck with Tennessee's Derrick Henry for the 2020 rushing title.

Minnesota is below average defensively but has been particularly stout on third down.

Stat Nuggets To Know

Team

The Panthers are the only NFL team with two players over 800-plus receiving yards this season (DJ Moore, Robby Anderson). The duo is on pace to join Muhsin Muhammad/Patrick Jeffers as the only other Panthers' wide receiver duo with 1,000-yard performances in the same season. Carolina's offense has gone three-and-out a league-low 10 times this season. Since data began to be kept in 2000, the fewest three-and-outs in franchise history were in 2000 (32). The Panthers are tied for the league lead in average time of possession per drive (3 minutes, 9 seconds. Their 36.6 yards per drive is 5th in the NFL. The Panthers have scored 73 points in the first quarter, tied for second-most in the NFL. Last week, Carolina became the first team since 2012 (New Orleans) to shut out a team after giving up 46-plus points the week before.

Individual

Wide receiver DJ Moore is now ranked fifth in the league with 863 receiving yards. After his 52-yard catch last week, Moore leads the NFL with nine receptions of at least 50 yards since 2018. Wide receiver Robby Anderson has 71 receptions for 818 receiving yards. He ranks fourth in the NFL in receptions and his 6.5 receptions per game would be the most in franchise history by a wide receiver if the season ended today. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel scored the 19th total touchdown of his career last week, tying him for fourth among franchise wide receivers in total touchdowns. Defensive end Brian Burns earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after his two-sack performance against the Lions. Burns now has 6.0 sacks to go with 29 pressures, tied for first among NFL defensive ends (according to Radar360). His 41 total tackles are also tops among defensive ends. Linebacker Shaq Thompson is tied for ninth in the NFL with 84 total tackles. Safety Jeremy Chinn leads all NFL rookies with 73 tackles. Chasing Milestones in 2020 The Panthers need one win to reach 200 regular season wins. Dating back to 1995, Carolina is 199-211-1 in the regular season. Moore needs 137 receiving yards for 1,000 on the season. He would join Muhammad, Steve Smith and Greg Olsen as the only Panthers to ever post back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Anderson needs 124 receiving yards to pass his career-high of 941, set in 2017 with the Jets. Samuel needs two total touchdowns to tie Devin Funchess (21) for third all-time among Panthers' wide receivers. Linebacker Shaq Thompson needs four tackles to pass James Anderson (432) for seventh place in franchise history. He would then rank fourth among Panthers linebackers.

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