Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, October 17, 2021
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Where to Watch: Fox
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Vikings -1, Panthers +1; Over/Under: 46 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Vikings -1, Panthers +1; Over/Under: 46 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Vikings -1, Panthers +1; Over/Under: 46 points
Minnesota Vikings: 2-3 (3rd place, NFC North)
Carolina Panthers: 3-2 (2nd place, NFC South)
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Minnesota Vikings vs Carolina Panthers Preview and Analysis
Minnesota Vikings: won at home on Oct. 10 against the Detroit Lions 19-17.
Carolina Panthers: lost at home on Oct. 10 against the Philadelphia Eagles 21-18.
Minnesota Vikings Analysis
The Vikings are coming into this game with a 2-3 record overall and they are 0-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 2nd divisional game of the season and they are off to a good start with a 1-0 record in their division. They won their last game against the Lions 19-17 in a close game that they were leading for most of the time. Kirk Cousins played alright in that game as he completed 25/34 passes for 275 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Alexander Mattison led the team in rushing yards with 113 on 25 carries. Justin Jefferson had a great day as he led the receivers with 124 yards on 7 carries. Mattison had 40 yards receiving in that game and 1 touchdown on 7 receptions while Adam Thielen was nowhere to be found with 2 receptions for 40 yards. Harrison Smith led the defense with 5 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones while Eric Kendricks was right behind with 5 solo tackles and 3 assisted ones while also coming away with 1 interception in that one. He was the only one on the defense with an interception while D.J. Wonnum recorded the only sack for their defense in that one. They have scored 113 points in their first 5 games averaging 22.6 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 109 points against them allowing 21.8 PPG. Their offense is averaging 382.8 YPG while their defense is allowing 368.8 YPG.
Carolina Panthers Analysis
The Panthers are coming into this game with a 3-2 record overall and they are 2-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are coming into this game on a 2 game losing streak after falling to the Eagles in their last game. They lost that game 21-18 in a game that they led for the entire time, blowing that lead in the 4th quarter. Sam Darnold really struggled in that game as he completed 21/37 passes for 177 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Chuba Hubbard led the team in rushing with 101 yards on 24 carries but he was basically their entire run game in that one. D.J. Moore led the receivers with 42 yards on 5 receptions while Ian Thomas had 40 yards receiving on 4 receptions in what was a pretty quiet day for the receiving corps. Haason Reddick led the defense in that game with 6 solo tackles, 2 assisted ones and 2 sacks. He had the only 2 sacks in that game for the defense while Donte Jackson came away with the only interception for them. They have scored 115 points in their first 5 games averaging 23 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 87 points against them allowing 17.4 PPG. Their offense is averaging 363.4 YPG while their defense is allowing 255.8 YPG.
Vikings vs Panthers Prediction
The Panthers are coming into this game as a 1 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Panthers looked good, especially on defense, in their loss to the Eagles for most of the game but it was their offense that could not move the ball and finish the game when they needed to. The Vikings held off the Lions for a late win with a game-winning field goal in their last one but the Lions have been awful on defense this year and the Vikings should have been able to do more in that game. The Panthers will have the home crowd on their side in this game and will likely be going over that problem they had late in the game against the Eagles. The best bet to make in this game is on the Panthers to win on the moneyline as they bounce back in this game with a win at home.
Vikings Panthers Prediction: Our NFL Pick for Sunday, October 17, 2021 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Panthers 27 Vikings 23.
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NFL Betting Trends
Minnesota Vikings: 127-138 ATS as a favorite. 34-49 ATS as a road favorite. 113-128 ATS in road games. 29-43 ATS as a road favorite of 7 points or less. 17-22 ATS as a road favorite of 3 points or less.
Carolina Panthers: 93-69 ATS in games where the line is +3 to -3. 228-199 ATS in all games. 130-98 ATS as an underdog. 40-35 ATS as a home underdog. 109-102 ATS in home games. 171-152 ATS against conference opponents.
Minnesota Vikings: K. Nwangwu (RB) Ques Sun - Knee injury. I. Smith-Marsette (WR) Ques Sun - Toe injury. M. Pierce (DT) Ques Sun - Elbow injury.
Carolina Panthers: C. McCaffrey (RB) Ques Sun - Hamstring injury. P. Hoskins (DT) Ques Sun - Personal. S. Thompson (LB) Ques Sun - Foot injury.
Players to Watch
Minnesota Vikings: Alexander Mattison and Justin Jefferson are both players to watch in this matchup. Mattison leads the team in rushing yards while Jefferson leads the team in receiving yards this season. They are both coming off of a good game where each had over 100 yards at their respective positions. The Vikings have some good weapons with these two so look for them to get the ball in their hands and make some plays in this game.
Carolina Panthers: Chuba Hubbard is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in rushing yards and will be the starting running back until Christian McCaffrey comes back from injury. He had a good game in their last rushing for over 100 yards in that game. Look for him to keep playing well as he gets his chance to shine now and show the potential that he has a starter.
"I'm proud of our guys the way they fought. Not particularly proud of the way we played, though." - Mike Zimmer on his team’s performance in their win over the Lions in their last game.
"It was the definition of a team win. It's the definition of what we talk about with ‘Dawg Mentality' because the offense wasn't going good for a long time of that game. But when they needed to make plays at the end and it was still tight, they made the plays that we needed to make there." - Nick Sirianni on his team’s performance in their win over the Panthers in their last game.
WR Jefferson, Justin
WR THIELEN, ADAM
TE Herndon, Christopher
QB COUSINS, KIRK
RB Cook, Dalvin
FB Ham, CJ
WR Moore, DJ
WR Anderson, Robby
TE Tremble, Tommy
TE Thomas, Ian
QB Darnold, Sam
RB McCaffrey, Christian
FB Ricci, Giovanni
Passing: K. Cousins (1396)
Rushing: A. Mattison (258)
Receiving: J. Jefferson (462)
Touchdowns: A. Thielen (4)
Sacks: D. Hunter (6)
Tackles: E. Kendricks (32)
Passing: S. Darnold (1366)
Rushing: C. Hubbard (220)
Receiving: D. Moore (440)
Touchdowns: S. Darnold (5)
Sacks: H. Reddick (6.5)
Tackles: D. Jackson (18)
Minnesota Vikings: Mike Zimmer (8th season)
Carolina Panthers: Matt Rhule (2nd season)
70 degrees F sunny, 45% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 8 mph wind speeds N.