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Today’s game is in a crucial place for the Minnesota Vikings their schedule.
The Vikings quarterback situation has been a never ending saga. But they the next two games are against fairly easy teams, and that will give quarterback Matt Cassel a chance to has see what his strategy is— and how they can eventually work in Josh Freeman.
The Vikings are going to need to go full steam ahead today with the Panthers and next week with the New York Giants (0-6). Because after that, the Vikings’ final 10 games are against teams with a current .541 winning percentage including road trips to the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens.
Cornerback Chris Cook and safety Jamarca Sanford should be return to the starting lineup to the Vikings’ secondary that has allowed 326 passing yards per game (30th).
But the Panthers have the third-best defense in the league in terms of yardage, allowing just over 301 yards per game. However, they returned from their bye in Week 4 and lost badly to the Arizona Cardinals, allowing seven sacks in the 22-6 loss.
But to assume that the Panthers will roll over is crazy. The Vikings must get their run game going early and score as soon as possible. This will through the Panthers defense off their game and give the Vikings a needed leg up.