Panthers vs. Vikings: Halftime Notes

The Carolina Panthers looked like they were still on the bye week those first two quarters falling behind 28-6 to the Minnesota Vikings.

  • Special teams, particularly the punting unit, have put the Carolina Panthers in a deep hole. The Panthers have had to punt three times and twice the Vikings were able to get a man free and block the kick. To make matters worse, both times the punt was returned for a touchdown.

 

  • The coaching staff did not waste any time making what they felt to be necessary changes in the secondary. At the start of the second quarter, Tre Boston was put in for Thomas Decoud at safety and Colin Jones replaced Bene Benwikere at the nickel position. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have made a difference as Teddy Bridgewater finished with two passing touchdowns in the first half.

 

  • The score 28-6 certainly doesn’t reflect how the first half has played out as the Panthers offense has controlled most of this game. They are currently winning the time of possession battle 21:43 to 8:17 and have 171 total yards to 127 yards for the Vikings. The difference has been the big play and the fact the Panthers have had to settle for two field goals on their red zone trips.

 

  • If the Panthers hope to get back in this game, they are going to have to find a way to protect Cam Newton long enough for him to take shots deep, particularly to Philly Brown. The run game has been very effective this game (22 rushes, 100 yards) but it hasn’t equaled points. The Panthers are going to have to find a way to score points in bunches in the second half.

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