Speaking of close games: it was a hard-fought contest, but the Panthers had to settle for a 21-18 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. QB Sam Darnold had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: despite one touchdown, he threw three interceptions with only 4.78 yards per passing attempt.
Most of the squad's points came courtesy of special teams, which contributed ten. K Zane Gonzalez delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.
The Vikings are now 2-3 while Carolina sits at a mirror-image 3-2. Minnesota is 0-1 after wins this season, and Carolina is 0-1 after losses.
How To Watch
When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Bank of America Stadium -- Charlotte, North Carolina
Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Minnesota have won two out of their last three games against Carolina.
Nov 29, 2020 - Minnesota 28 vs. Carolina 27
Dec 10, 2017 - Carolina 31 vs. Minnesota 24
Sep 25, 2016 - Minnesota 22 vs. Carolina 10
EAGAN, Minn. – It remains to be seen if Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will return to action this week against the Vikings and play for the first time since suffering a hamstring in Week 3.
If the member of the 2017 NFL Draft class (along with Minnesota's Dalvin Cook and a host of other productive running backs) is able to do so, he'll likely try to stress the Vikings defense in multiple directions.
"McCaffrey's hard to defend because he can hurt you running the ball as a running back, he can line up as a wide receiver, he can hurt you vertical catching the ball as a receiver and then he can hurt you just catching the ball out of the backfield," said Vikings Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator Andre Patterson. "So everyone has to be aware of where he is, but I think most importantly, you have to do a great job of tackling him, because the thing that he does is he slips tacklers, he has the ability to make you miss