4 reasons the Carolina Panthers will beat the Vikings in Week 12

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The Carolina Panthers can beat the Minnesota Vikings in Week 12.

It’s amazing what one win will do for a franchise. The Carolina Panthers turned on the style in the absence of Teddy Bridgewater and Christian McCaffrey to secure an outstanding shutout win over the Detroit Lions last time out. So they will be hoping for more of the same against another NFC North foe in Week 12.

The Minnesota Vikings have been hit and miss so far this season, opening with a 1-5 record before turning things around in a big way after their bye week. A disappointing loss at home to the Cowboys last time out will give the Carolina Panthers hope of achieving something similar before they head into a much-needed break from competitive action.

It will be a difficult task, of that there is little doubt. But given how Carolina stepped up in the face of adversity last weekend, they do have a solid foundation from which to build some positive momentum down the stretch.

Here are four reasons why the Panthers can go to U.S. Bank Stadium and gain what would be an eye-catching win over the Vikings.

Reason No. 1

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Confidence is high

After a five-game losing run that left more questions than answers, there will now be plenty of confidence going into Carolina’s next big challenge. Gaining a win was one thing, but the manner in which they demolished the Lions could just be the springboard this young roster needs to finish the campaign on a high.

Although it’s unlikely they can attain another shutout against Minnesota’s impressive offensive weapons, the Panthers can take great heart from their last performance in their bid to secure another valuable victory before a well-earned bye week.