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

(Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore
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Jeremy Chinn was incredible

Yes, the two touchdowns scored by Jeremy Chinn were incredible. But his overall influence on proceedings was nothing short of phenomenal. The second-round pick announced himself onto the mainstream with a starring role and it seemed like he was around the ball on almost every down.

Chinn is a superstar, of that there is little doubt. The Carolina Panthers made a bold move to trade up and take the former Southern Illinois sensation at No. 64 overall, which was an incredibly shrewd move by the front office.

Robby Anderson made a huge impact

It seems like a long time since Robby Anderson impacted a game like he did at the Vikings. His sensational start to life in Carolina has tailed off somewhat in recent weeks, but the former New York Jet looked back to his best in Week 12.

Anderson was a nightmare to cover for a banged-up Minnesota secondary, which resulted in r=four receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown. His exceptional burst for a first-half score was a notable highlight from his overall production and his nous to get open quickly is something the Vikings didn’t really have an answer for.

The Carolina Panthers blew it

Simply put, this was a game that the Panthers blew. The Vikings seemed intent on hande=ing them the win – especially in the second half – but Carolina just gave it right back.

A missed kick from distance by Joey Slye shouldn’t mask just what a collapse this was. It was bad situational football and an element of Carolina’s campaign that needs to be rectified during the bye week and beyond.