Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#259 Minnesota Vikings vs.
#260 Carolina Panthers
Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 1:00pm EDT
Bank Of America Stadium, Charlotte
Written by David Delano

The Carolina Panthers will host the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC matchup on Sunday. The Panthers are 3-2 overall, coming off a 21-18 home loss as a 2.5-point favorite to the Eagles. The Vikings are 2-3 after beating the Lions 19-17 last Sunday as a 10 point home favorite.

Minnesota and Carolina did meet last season on November 29, 2020, with the Vikings winning 28-27 as a three-point favorite.

Vikings avoid upset loss to Lions behind Greg Joseph's filed goal

Last Sunday, the Vikings blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead before driving 46 yards in the game's final 37 seconds to set up a game-winning 54-yard field goal by Greg Joseph. Minnesota outgained Detroit 384 to 288 in total yards for the game, and both teams committed two turnovers.

The Vikings are 11th in the NFL with 382.8 total yards and 10th with 269 passing yards per game. Kirk Cousins has thrown every pass but one for the Vikings this season, has 10 touchdowns, two interceptions, and is 17th in the NFL with a 54.2 QBR. The rushing attack is 14th averaging 113.8 yards per game. Alexander Mattison leads the team with 258 rushing yards on five games on 4.0 yards per attempt. Dalvin Cook, who has battled with an ankle injury, is second on the team with 226 yards but averages 4.4 yards per carry in just three games. Cook is probable for Sunday.

Justin Jefferson leads the Vikings with 462 receiving yards and 33 catches and has caught three touchdown passes, followed by Adam Thielen with 26 catches for 267 yards and a team-high four touchdowns.

Minnesota is ninth in the NFL, allowing 21.8 ppg, 17th in total defense, and 368.8 yards per game, 13th giving up 238.8 passing yards per game, and 22nd allowing 130.0 rushing yards per contest.

Panthers looking to avoid falling to .500

The Carolina Panthers opened the season 3-0 with wins over the Jets, Saints, and Texans. After a 36-28 loss to the Cowboys and last Sunday's setback against the Eagles, the team has dropped two in a row.

The Panthers were outgained 273 to 267 in total yards by the Eagles. Carolina also committed three turnovers compared to two for the Eagles. Quarterback Sam Darnold went 21 of 37 for 177 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in the loss, and Chuba Hubbard led the team with 24 rushing attempts and 101 yards.

Carolina is 16th in the NFL, scoring 23 points per game. In total offense, the Panthers are 15th, averaging 363.4 yards per game, 12th with 255.60 passing yards, and 18th with 107.8 rushing yards. Sam Darnold is the only quarterback that Carolina has used this season, has completed 65.6% of his passes for 1,366 yards, with six touchdowns and six interceptions, and is 22nd in the NFL with a 51.3 QBR.

Chuba Hubbard leads the team with 220 rushing yards in five games on 3.9 yards per attempt. Running back Christian McCaffrey is questionable for Sunday with a hamstring injury after missing the last two games (edit: he's now declared out). In the three games he has played, McCaffrey is averaging 3.9 yards per attempt with 201 yards. McCaffrey has also caught 16 passes for 163 yards. DJ Moore leads the team with 440 receiving yards, 35 catches, and has caught three touchdown passes.

Carolina is third in the NFL, holding the opposition to 17.4 ppg, and second in total defense with 255.8 yards allowed. The Panthers have held the opposition to an NFL low 161.6 passing yards per game is and eighth with 94.2 rushing yards allowed.

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Minnesota has only covered the spread twice out of its last 12 games dating back to last season and has lost against the spread in seven straight games as a favorite. On the other hand, the Panthers have covered nine of the previous 12 times they have found themselves an underdog. The Carolina defense has been tremendous this season, and they have the home-field advantage and trends of their side. The Panthers opened up as a 1.5-point favorite in this game but now find themselves a 2.5 point home dog. At this price, I recommend buying the hook and taking Panthers to keep this game within a field goal.

Prediction: Carolina Panthers +3

Full-Game Total Pick

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With the Vikings only averaging 22.6 ppg, I don't expect to see them having a huge day against the Panthers' stingy defense that ranks second in the NFL with 4.8 yards allowed per play. Carolina has held opponents to 21 points or less in four of their five games this season. The only game where the Panthers' defense was lit up for more than 21 points was in a 36-28 loss to a Dallas Cowboys team that is second in the NFL in scoring and total offense.

The Panthers' offense is averaging 21 points per game at home this season and could be without Christian McCaffrey again, who they scored 18 points without last week. The Vikings have held their last three opponents (Seattle, Cleveland, and Detroit) to 17 points or less over the previous three games, and I don't expect to see many more than that from Carolina. I will take the Vikings to get a 21-20 win here, with the total going under.

Prediction: Under 46

Written By David Marotta , "David Delano"

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