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Cam Newton, Panthers Outduel Case Keenum, Vikings in 31-24 Win

Cam Newton, Panthers Outduel Case Keenum, Vikings in 31-24 Win

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford completed five straight pass attempts on a nine-play, 49-yard drive that led to Prater's winning kick.

"When you have injuries, you're going to have backup players in there", head coach Mike Zimmer said.

"We've got to stop him when he have a chance to stop him", Rhodes said of Newman. Their quest to earn a first-round playoff bye would be aided by yet another win; they're now 8-1 vs. NFC foes.

Minnesota entered Sunday's game ranked second in the National Football League in run defense and hadn't allowed a single 100-yard rusher all season.

ACROSS FROM KALIL: Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has sacked Carolina's Cam Newton five times in two games, including three of Minnesota's eight sacks in the 22-10 victory in Charlotte on September 25, 2016.

Newton enters Sunday's game with the Panthers' passing attack in a slump. "It wasn't a playoff game. I haven't seen him in a while so it's going to be a fun game".

Minnesota's next game is at U.S. Bank Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday.

In his previous 10 starts, Keenum hadn't been sacked more than twice.

The patchwork line struggled against a strong Panthers defensive line. The offensive line is banged-up and could not keep Case Keenum clean. They gave up another first quarter score before making some nice adjustments and forcing a few punts in the second quarter.

Carolina came into the game tied for fifth in the league in sacks. Yet the unit held their own against a defense that brought pressure often. He scored three touchdowns, for the first time in his career.




The Vikings (10-2) can clinch their second division title - and first with Keenum at the helm - in three years by beating Newton's Panthers (8-4) on the road Sunday. On the day, the offensive line didn't run block all that well either-running back Latavius Murray found little room to run inside, and Jerick McKinnon only found some open real estate when he bounced it outside.

They succeeded in that mission Sunday. The pass was thrown into triple coverage by Keenum, which may say something about the confidence Keenum has in Rudolph, but it was a risky throw.

Asked about homefield advantage, receiver Stefon Diggs said the most important thing right now is getting into the playoffs. The Vikings would be wise to make Newton beat them with his arm, not his legs. "He did what he does to keep his team in the game". Carolina was about to win this one easily when Minnesota made things interesting late. They lost to the New Orleans Saints 31-21. Without one of his favorite targets for part of the game, Keenum had a tough day.

Said Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph: "He is a first-round draft pick, a Heisman Trophy victor and a great player".

"I'm crossing my fingers that he's back", Newton said.

"I've got to play better to help this team win games", he said.

Facemask penalties. We saw three of them called in a very short time and two of them on the Vikings. The Panthers were given life on that drive when two facemask penalties gave Carolina 30 free yards.

McCoy finished with 156 yards rushing and topped the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth time in his career on a slick, snow-covered field.

Dropped passes-sometimes they can be epidemic. Devin Funchess led all Panthers receivers with 59 yards on three receptions and a score. Vikings got three out of it, but their red zone efficiency took a nose-dive in the first half (one of three).


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