To say that the Panthers have been disappointing this season would be a major understatement. There are groups rallying around the idea of running Ron Rivera out of town, and the Panthers continue to lose in the most excruciating ways possible. Many Panthers fans believe that the team should be 3-1 at worst, but here they are, taking to the road against a Minnesota team that’s had its own struggles. The Panthers are slight underdogs in this one, so what is going to happen when they head up to the dome?
The big problem for the Panthers right now is that they’re just not scoring enough points. The defense has been very good, and the offense has moved the ball between the 20s. When the Panthers get down into the red zone, they have been unable to punch it in. This is becoming a huge issue that they’re just not able to overcome. One thing to know, though, is that the Panthers are playing well enough that they aren’t getting blown out, even against good teams. They should play well enough to be in the game at Minnesota, and some might like the value that comes with the points here.
The Vikings have struggled with bad QB play to this point in the season. This could be a major problem against a Carolina team that’s been able to get after the QB. This could keep Minnesota from running away from the Panthers. The Panthers also have what it takes up front to make the day very long for Adrian Peterson. As you’re evaluating this game to make your NFL picks, you may want to ask one critical question – can Carolina score enough touchdowns in the red zone to win? If you answer yes, then you have to like them here. If your answer is no, then you might like the Vikes.