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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. Watch Panthers vs. Vikings: TV channel, live stream info, start time

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

The Minnesota Vikings (2-3) look to get to .500 for the first time this season when they travel to play the Carolina Panthers (3-2), who are looking to avoid a third straight loss, when they meet at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.

Minnesota needed a 54-yard field goal as time expired at home against the Detroit Lions to avoid dropping to 1-4 last week. While top offensive stars Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen have all been nursing injuries, none are listed on the final injury report.

The same can’t be true for the Panthers, who will be without star running back Christian McCaffrey after he suffered a setback from a hamstring injury this week in practice. McCaffrey is critical to the Panthers’ success, as evidenced by Carolina being 3-0 in games he has played and 0-2 in games he hasn’t.

Vikings at Panthers key injuries


DT Michael Pierce (elbow) out


RB Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) out
LB Shaq Thompson (foot) out
LB Kamal Martin (concussion) out
G Deonte Brown (knee) questionable
CB C.J. Henderson (shoulder) questionable

Vikings vs. Panthers odds, lines, predictions and picks


Vikings 24, Panthers 20

Money line

You get a better return on the Vikings with the spread, which is less than a field goal. Personally, I would avoid this if you’re betting on Minnesota and get the better return laying 2.5, but if pressed, I would lay it with the VIKINGS (-140).

Against the spread

The Vikings are at full strength for the first time this season after seeing stars Anthony Barr and Cook both missing time in the early portion of the season.

The same rationale that was in play with the money line comes into play here. If you’re expecting a team to win, you’re likely expecting them to win by a field goal or more. Even if the game goes to overtime, if there’s a winner, it will be by more than 2.5 points.

Take the VIKINGS -2.5 (-117)


There are only two games on the Week 6 schedule that have lower Over/Unders than this one and there’s a reason it’s only 44.5 points.

Minnesota overhauled its defense with veterans and the group started slow. But, in their last three games, Minnesota has allowed 17 points or less.

The Panthers have made it tough on opposing quarterbacks, who are averaging less than 200 yards a game, so Kirk Cousins won’t have it easy.

If McCaffrey was playing, I would likely have a different view of this, but he’s not, so take UNDER 44.5 (-105)

After a three-game homestand, the Minnesota Vikings will be on the road. They will square off against the Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. ET next Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The Vikings will be strutting in after a win while Carolina will be stumbling in from a defeat.

Things were close when Minnesota and the Detroit Lions clashed on Sunday, but Minnesota ultimately edged out the opposition 19-17. The overall outcome was to be expected, but Detroit made it more of a contest than the oddsmakers had predicted. Among those leading the charge for Minnesota was RB Alexander Mattison, who picked up 113 yards on the ground on 25 carries in addition to snatching one receiving TD. Mattison’s performance made up for a slower game against the Cleveland Browns last week.

Special teams collected 13 points for the Vikings. K Greg Joseph booted in four field goals, the longest a 55-yarder in the fourth quarter, which ultimately accounted for the difference in the matchup.

Speaking of close games: it was a hard-fought contest, but the Panthers had to settle for a 21-18 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. QB Sam Darnold had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: despite one touchdown, he threw three interceptions with only 4.78 yards per passing attempt.

Most of the squad’s points came courtesy of special teams, which contributed ten. K Zane Gonzalez delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.

The Vikings are now 2-3 while Carolina sits at a mirror-image 3-2. Minnesota is 0-1 after wins this season, and Carolina is 0-1 after losses.

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.

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