-Adrian Peterson, if he plays after the tragic news of his son. As a father, my thoughts and prayers go out to Adrian and his family and son. What is wrong with people? I believe Adrian will play, but if he doesn't I hope his teammates will pick him up. If he does play, Adrian will run mad and rightly so, he could have 300 yards rushing.
-Matt Cassel will manage this game good again and will take shots down the field with 8 guys in the box. He should play decent against this tough defense and needs to complete critical third downs. Don't be surprised if he has 275 yards and two scores.
-Harrison Smith will need to play physical this week and should have many opportunities to get some turnovers with Cam Newton behind center.
-Cam Newton, look for Cam to throw the ball 40 plus times and should have a nice game against our secondary.
-Greg Olsen is a big threat in the middle of the field and if can stay healthy should see 10 plus targets.
-Carolina Defense, this defense has improved drastically this year and is currently third in the NFL. They are quick to the ball and swarm so well. This defense has some big playmakers and will pressure Cassel and try to stop AP.
The Vikings have the home field advantage and need another victory. This is a tough matchup despite both 1-3 records. We need to let AP loose and then take shots deep to Simpson, Jennings and Patterson. We must play a lot better defensively and put Newton in tough positions. The Panthers defense is tough and will challenge our offense to move the ball. This game should once again come down to the last two minutes.
Vikings 27 Panthers 24
Line: Vikings -1