The Carolina Panthers have an elite college star and Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback in Bryce Young – and there’s another former Heisman winner who knows just what it’s like to grow into the NFL: Cam Newton. Newton took a similar journey with the Panthers, guiding them to a Super Bowl. One challenge that quarterbacks like Newton and Young, who go so early in the draft, face is that they are joining a team that was bad enough to get the top overall pick in the draft. In a recent interview, Newton warned the team against expecting success instantly out of Young, given the overall lack of talent around him as the team rebuilds. With that in mind, don’t miss our betting analysis of this winless teams Vikings vs Panthers.
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When: Sunday, October 1, 2023, 1:00 pm ET
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Radio: KFAN 100.3 FM Minneapolis / WRFX 99.7 Charlotte
Live Stream: Hulu
NFL Odds: Minnesota -4 / O/U 46o.5 // Minnesota -220 / Carolina +180
Why should you bet on the Minnesota Vikings?
The Vikings went through a track meet with the Los Angeles Chargers last week, playing a back-and-forth game that saw Kirk Cousins go 32 of 50 for 367 yards and three touchdowns. However, he ended his game with an interception in the red zone on the Vikings’ last drive. Those backbreaking turnovers at just the wrong times are a part of living with Cousins at quarterback, but he also puts up huge numbers for his team. The running game was also solid as the Vikings gained 130 yards on the ground, 93 alone from Alexander Mattison on 20 carries.
The Vikings score 23 points per game (15th overall). Their passing game is ranked second with 339.7 yards per game, but their running game is ranked 31st (66.3 yards per game). They permit 27.3 points per game (26th overall). They have had issues rushing the passer, with just six sacks and a dozen quarterback hits. Opposing quarterbacks are posting a combined 116.4 rating.
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Why should you put your money on the Carolina Panthers?
Carolina hung with the Seattle Seahawks for a while but ended up falling short, 37-27, failing to cover as 4 ½-point underdogs. Andy Dalton filled in for Bryce Young (ankle) at quarterback, and he did well, throwing for 361 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Adam Thielen caught 11 balls for 145 yards and a score, and D.J. Chark chipped in four receptions for 86 yards and a score. Miles Sanders caught five passes for 38 yards and ran the ball nine times for 24 more. Young has been cleared and will return in Week 4.
The Panthers’ running game was a concern as they could only manage 44 yards on the ground against the Seahawks. The team is only scoring 18 points per game, 24th in the league, while they surrender 27 points per game 25th). They are doing better against the pass than are the Vikings, allowing a combined quarterback rating of 84.8. The Panthers have gone 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six home games, while the Vikings have covered just once in their last nine games overall and just four times in their last 13 road games.
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Vikings vs Panthers Final Score and Prediction
The Vikings’ defense has struggled – but the Panthers have also had a hard time putting points on the board, and their opponents have not been defensive powerhouses to this point. I think the Vikings have enough of an offensive talent edge to outscore the Panthers, and given Young’s interception issues to this point, the Vikings should get enough chances to win this. I predict a final score of Minnesota 27, Carolina 20.
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