Panthers host 10-2 Vikings in tough matchup

NFL 2017 Week 14: Minnesota Vikings vs Carolina Panthers preview and prediction

After sitting his two-time All-Pro to protect his surgically-repaired foot from the New Orleans turf, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said on Wednesday that Olsen will not be held to a "pitch count" on Sunday.

Three snaps later, Stewart burst up the middle for a 60-yard touchdown run. Newton leads all quarterbacks with 89 carries for 515 rushing yards, almost edging Jonathan Stewart's 531 rushing yards to lead Carolina. Addison was credited with a sack, and the Panthers took over at the Vikings 31.

Center Pat Elflein is listed as questionable because of a shoulder injury that limited him in practice all week. Matt Kalil, on the other hand, has basically been Matt Kalil.

Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, is the first quarterback the Vikings need to account for this season while preparing to stop the opponent's rushing threat. Nothing was much different from Week 12 where Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan beat him like a rug.

The Vikings defense gave the offense another scoring opportunity with 2:33 left in the first half, and Minnesota added a 22-yard field goal by Forbath after the Vikings gained 64 yards on 11 plays.

The Panthers are in nearly a must-win situation with Atlanta (8-5) breathing down their necks for the sixth seed in the NFC. They've found a ton of success in that regard lately-first in the National Football League in both rushing yards per game and yards per rush over the last three weeks-and know how important it will be not only in moving the ball, but in controlling the time of possession battle.

Before an injury-plagued 2017 season, Carolina's Greg Olsen was one of the most risky tight ends in football. But a breakout campaign of sorts from career backup Case Keenum has these Vikings moving through the air. Kyle Rudolph and Adam Thielen had rare drops. Thielen was ruled to not have control of the ball in the end zone. If the Panthers offense are in third-and-long a lot, I don't like their chances of being very successful. The biggest difference in this game was the play of the two offensive lines.

"They exploited some mismatches we had a year ago and got after myself a lot", Newton said.

Even with three of their final four games coming at home, Carolina doesn't have the easiest of stretches ahead.

Carolina will host the Green Bay Packers next Sunday, while the Vikings will try to get back to their winning ways against the Cincinnati Bengals. He did hook up for two scores to Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey, but once the Saints established their running game on the Panthers defense it was clear they wouldn't have enough to keep up.

Related News:

  • Archaeologists Uncover 2 Ancient Tombs in Egypt's Luxor

    Archaeologists Uncover 2 Ancient Tombs in Egypt's Luxor

    One tomb has five entrances leading to a hall, while the other has a six-meter burial shaft leading to four side chambers. It added that it believed the mummy could be of a person named Djehuty Mes whose name was engraved on one of the walls.
    Russia Winter Olympic ban is controversial, says Russian sports minister

    Russia Winter Olympic ban is controversial, says Russian sports minister

    The IOC has said that if Russian athletes competing at the Games abide by all the conditions then it might allow the Russian flag to be used at the closing ceremony.
    Flawless Sharma takes five-shot Joburg Open lead

    Flawless Sharma takes five-shot Joburg Open lead

    He carded three-under 69 on the first day at the Par-72 Firethorn course and then added 10-under 61 at the Bushwillow course. The putter has been really hot, I practised my aiming a little before the tournament and it's been much better this week.
  • Josh Gordon Scores First Touchdown Since December 2013

    Josh Gordon Scores First Touchdown Since December 2013

    There wasn't a Brown within 10 yards of him as safeties Derrick Kindred and Kai Nacua appeared to get confused on the coverage. On Dec. 15, 2013, Josh Gordon caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from then-Browns quarterback Jason Campbell.
    Thousands protest in Jordan, burn U.S.  and Israeli flags

    Thousands protest in Jordan, burn U.S. and Israeli flags

    The US embassy in Amman issued a statement on Thursday suspending public services and limiting the public movement of its staff. They chanted "America is the head of the snake" and "No US embassy on Jordanian lands" and "No US bases on Jordanian soil".
    General Electric to cut 12000 jobs

    General Electric to cut 12000 jobs

    ValuEngine raised shares of American Electric Power from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. Aviance Cap Mgmt Limited Liability Company holds 0.04% of its portfolio in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) for 21,121 shares.
  • Cleveland Browns hire John Dorsey to be new general manager

    Cleveland Browns hire John Dorsey to be new general manager

    We all know that and we all know, to succeed and to go a little bit farther and farther and farther, you need one of those guys.
    First Trailer For 'Marvel's Jessica Jones' Season 2 Released

    First Trailer For 'Marvel's Jessica Jones' Season 2 Released

    To say that the second season of Jessica Jones has been a long time in coming would be an understatement. Your favorite whiskey-swilling, world-hating private eye is nearly back on Netflix .
    National Basketball Association  planning for Mexico City G League team

    National Basketball Association planning for Mexico City G League team

    Down the road, the league could look to increase its presence in Mexico through an NBA Gatorade League (G League) franchise. A specific timetable is not official yet, but there is potential the G League team could start as early as next season.
  • Spurs on fire, beams goal-hungry Kane

    Spurs on fire, beams goal-hungry Kane

    Consistency between now and the end of the season is so important if we want to finish in the top four. I think we signed good players but it was so late, with no pre-season and then they have to play.
    Winter Weather Advisory: First Snow Of Season To Hit Baltimore

    Winter Weather Advisory: First Snow Of Season To Hit Baltimore

    Parts of Cumberland County could get as much as 6 inches of snow , with most areas seeing between 4-5 inches, forecasters said . The snow was expected to start on Saturday morning and light snow was expected to continue into the night.
    Trump Signs Temporary Spending Bill To Fend Off A Government Shutdown

    Trump Signs Temporary Spending Bill To Fend Off A Government Shutdown

    Democrats have a rare bit of leverage in this situation. "Funding government is not a game", said Representative Mark Meadows. The White House said negotiations would resume on Friday. "We will not leave here without a DACA fix", she said.

Most liked

Lebanon forces fire tear gas at protestors near United States embassy
Trump's announcement drew widespread anger and criticism among the Palestinians as well as the Arabs and Muslims across the world. Palestinians see East Jerusalem as their future capital and are demanding the establishment of their own independent state.

Raiders lose control of division with loss to Chiefs
Steven Nelson , who started for Peters, stripped Lynch in the third quarter that resulted in a fumble recovery for the Chiefs . Kansas City has proven it can play well in all phases of the game, all at once, for a full four quarters.

Klopp rages at referee after late penalty denies Liverpool
This is the one.' Those words stayed in my head and, as it turned out, things could not have gone better. Asked what he had said to the referee, Klopp replied: "That I don't understand what he's doing".

Trump Lashes Out At 'FAKE NEWS' Washington Post Over Misleading Photo
After the President demanded an apology, the reporter responded promptly, tweeting directly to the President: "Sure thing". But the president wasn't satisfied with Weigel's apology.

United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley: Trump's accusers 'should be heard'
What I will tell you is, you have to look at the situation, that he just took Jerusalem off the table. Last October, Trump said all his accusers would be sued after the presidential election.

Comedian Hannibal Buress Arrested For Drunken And Disorderly Conduct
The officer said he asked Buress to leave five times before putting him in handcuffs. "For what?" Buress yells in the video. He's also known for being the comedian who brought rumors of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual misconduct to a wider audience.

Brit to press Iran on detainees
The state-run IRNA news agency said he would meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other top officials during his visit. It says Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been on holiday and had not been teaching journalism in Iran.

Australian Intelligence Identifies Local Politicians With Suspect China Ties
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the comments were prejudiced against China, according to Nine News . Australia's third-largest export is global education, which is heavily reliant on Chinese students.

Missed Field Goal Seals Army's 14-13 Win Over Navy
Army opened the game with a 68-yard touchdown drive, which was capped off by a three yard touchdown run by Darnell Woolfolk . Navy: Perry was the fastest and most risky player on the field, but wasn't as effective in the second half.

Google Doodle Celebrates Homai Vyarawalla's 104th Birth Anniversary
Her career took off after her marriage to Manekshaw Vyarawalla, who worked as an accountant and a photographer for Times of India. The departure of Lord Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten and the funerals of Mahatma Gandhi , Jawaharlal Nehru, and Lal Bahadur Shashtri.

JPCC celebrates 71st birth day of AICC president Sonia Gandhi
Celebrations have begun outside 10 Janpath, the residence of Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, with the Congress president turning 71 today. Questiong the remarks made by the Congress leaders, he expressed anger over how a Congress leader called him a monkey.

Can analysts adopt a bullish outlook for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)?
Hawk Ridge Management Llc decreased Forward Air Corp (NASDAQ:FWRD) stake by 9,505 shares to 284,586 valued at $15.16M in 2017Q2. Trust Co Of Vermont decreased Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) stake by 6,261 shares to 238,160 valued at $19.23 million in 2017Q2.

National Hockey League to consider Seattle application for expansion team
The sale of the Carolina Hurricanes could be announced as early as this afternoon. "Obviously we have to get the arena in place". The cost for the new team would be $650 million.

Virushka Wedding: Only Sachin, Yuvi Invited
The couple has hogged all the limelight now with the reports of their much-awaited wedding in Italy either on December 11 or 12. According to the reports in Deccan Chronicle, Anushka Sharma will travel with Virat Kohli to South Africa later this month.

Planned Parenthood Fetal Tissue Scandal Under Investigation
In 2016, Grassley handed the report over to the FBI, again demanding an investigation. Grassley also criticized the Justice Department for not properly doing its job.