Injury Report: McKinnon Doubtful For The Vikings Against The PanthersThe Minnesota Vikings will not have starting running back Jerick McKinnon Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. He has been bothered by a lower back injury that needs a week off to heal. A committee of Matt Asiata (who missed last week's game due to a concussion), Joe Banyard and Ben Tate will get the carries in McKinnon's place. The Vikings have 11 players listed on their injury report and the Panthers have seven players listed on theirs.
Opponent Profile: Vikings Face Panthers In Only Home StandThe Minnesota Vikings face the Carolina Panthers in the middle game of a three-game home stand on Sunday. The Panthers are not living up to expectations after finishing with the second best record in the NFC last season. They have struggled with injuries on offense and poor play on defense. It is highly unlikely that either team will compete for the playoffs, but a win on Sunday will be a big momentum building moment toward next season.
Uninspired And Effortless Vikings Lose To CarolinaThe Minnesota Vikings showed very little effort in a blow out loss to the Carolina Panthers. The offense failed to move the ball as efficiently as it did in its previous game. Matt Cassel was unable to maintain the spark he had in London. The defense was shredded from beginning to end. The special teams units barely got a chance to show anything.