5 bold predictions for the Carolina Panthers vs. Vikings in Week 6

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Carolina Panthers defense wins the day

The Carolina Panthers come into Week 6 on a two-game losing streak. But the defense has still stayed firm.

Carolina’s stiff defense is giving up an average of 162 passing yards and 94 rushing yards a game. Which still ranks them as No. 1 in the NFL even after their disappointing performance at the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5.

The pass rush should be back on display after serving more as a prevent to avoid Jalen Hurts and his potential to create significant yards on the ground against the Philadelphia Eagles. Kirk Cousins is not fleet of foot, so the Panthers should have their way in getting pressure on him.

With pressure comes mistakes. Something that proved to be Carolina and Sam Darnold’s demise when the Eagles got plenty of joy rushing four throughout last Sunday’s contest.

If the defense holds firm at home and causes a lot of problems for Cousins, then the Panthers’ chances improve dramatically.

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Should Darnold and the offense make just enough plays to come out with a home victory, it could swing momentum back in Carolina’s favor ahead of some winnable upcoming games over the next three weeks.