10 takeaways from the Panthers’ loss at the Vikings in Week 12

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What are the big takeaways from the Carolina Panthers’ loss at the Vikings?

This was the worst defeat of the season. The Carolina Panthers held a commanding 21-10 lead before completely capitulating at the Minnesota Vikings down the stretch, which has been the story of the season for Matt Rhule’s men.

Somehow, this seemed different. They’ve chased games against some top teams down the stretch for the most part without quite getting over the line. But the unacceptable nature of this defeat is sure to have some huge ramifications for the Carolina Panthers heading into their bye week.

Their slim hopes of a playoff berth are gone.

They will not have a winning season, again.

But, more importantly, it raises further questions about just how long this rebuild is going to take.

This was a disaster, there is no getting away from it. Here are ten big takeaways from a crushing loss for the Panthers in Week 12.

Takeaway No. 1

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Corn Elder performed well

One of the more pleasing elements to the 2020 season so far has been the development of Corn Elder. The cornerback worked hard to get another opportunity during training camp and the Panthers might just keep the player around if he continues to catch the eye in a competitive environment.

Elder was a commanding presence in the slot at the Vikings, both in coverage and assisting in run support. His consistency is something that really stands out and Carolina might have just found their man when it comes to their nickel back of the future.