4 keys to victory for the Panthers at Vikings in Week 12

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Attack the cornerbacks

If the Carolina Panthers want to get another win under their belts, they need to be a bit more daring in the passing game. Teddy Bridgewater’s lack of confidence in throwing the deep ball is well documented, but this represents a real opportunity to make a substantial difference.

The Vikings’ cornerback unit looks suspect, to put it mildly. They don’t have Mike Hughes or Holton Hill to call upon due to long-term injuries and it’s not like either player was making their presence felt before Minnesota put them out of their misery.

One positive the Vikings have is Jeff Gladney, who has made great strides as a rookie after some early struggles. Cameron Dantzler seems to be going in the opposite direction after a smooth initial transition to the next level and they might be overmatched against Carolina’s stud wide receiver trio of D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and Curtis Samuel.

Each wideout can expect plenty of targets coming their way once again with Christian McCaffrey on the sidelines. Gladney might be good, but he can’t cover everybody and if Bridgewater can account for safety tandem Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris to get his wideouts the ball in space, it should come with some significant yardage.