Panthers at Vikings: Prediction, best bets and what to expect

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Carolina Panthers at Vikings: Prediction

This promises to be a game that goes right down to the wire. The Carolina Panthers have had some trouble finding a way to win close games this season, which doesn’t leave much confidence they can get what would be a morale-boosting success before the bye.

The onus will fall on the defense to perform to the same sort of level we saw against the Lions in Week 11. This is a group that has gradually improved with every passing game barring the odd blip here and there and thwarting the likes of Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, and Kirk Cousins is pivotal to any final result that goes their way.

Adam Thielen’s status for the game is something that could have huge ramifications. If he comes off the reserve/COVID-19 list in time, it is something else that works in the Vikings’ favor.

There is a chance the Panthers get left tackle Russell Okung into the lineup following an extended absence, which has the potential to also change the landscape of the game.

Prediction: Carolina Panthers 27 Vikings 28.

It truth, the game could go either way. However, the Vikings haven’t given up hope of a possible playoff spot just yet and this added incentive might give them an extra sense of urgency to come away with a narrow win against a Panthers team that will give them everything they can handle.