Posted: 3:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013
By James Dator
Cam Newton recovered from a rough outing in Arizona where he threw four interceptions, rebounding with 272 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. Newton was almost perfect, fueled by an effective Panthers' run game that gained 120 total yards.
The Minnesota Vikings will look to usher in the Josh Freeman era quickly. Cassel struggled at times, making poorly advised throws, two of which were intercepted by safety Mike Mitchell. Moreover, the passing offense lacked big plays as Cassel threw for 241 yards on 44 attempts. He was also sacked three times.
Minnesota's biggest issue is its defense, which wasn't just porous but undisciplined. Numerous Carolina drives were extended by costly penalties. The stop-and-start Panthers offense found its gear on Sunday, converting these drives and making the Vikings pay.
Desmond Bishop left the game in the second quarter before the Minnesota Vikings announced he would miss the rest of the game. There is no further update at this time.
Vikings' safety Harrison Smith also left the game in the third quarter with a foot injury. He left the field and did not return.
Melvin White took a shot as the Panthers' defensive back attempted to tackle Adrian Peterson in the third quarter. He left the field under his own power, and there was no further update.
Cam Newton had a huge day with three passing touchdowns and one on the ground. Big plays allowed him to have his best game of the season.
Adrian Peterson finished with a disappointing 61 yards. The offense only handed him the ball 10 times as the Vikings were forced to play from behind.
Kyle Rudolph is a tight end to watch moving forward. He caught nine passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.
The Minnesota Vikings were 2.5 point favorites, according to OddsShark. They lost outright.
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