3 Panthers position groups that must step up vs. the Vikings in Week 6

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Which Carolina Panthers position groups must step up in Week 6 to stop the losing streak against the Minnesota Vikings?

Week 5 was a letdown for Carolina Panthers fans hoping for a turnaround against the Philadelphia Eagles at Bank of America Stadium.

Behind a strong defensive effort holding Philadelphia to fewer than 60 yards on the ground and less than 200 through the air, it would be feasible to expect those stats to translate into fans happily singing Sweet Caroline celebrating a win post-game.

Instead, the Panthers’ offense was dismal, penalties abounded, and special teams were not so special.

The Minnesota Vikings occupy the third position in the NFC North and looking to get themselves back to .500 on the season. With another 1:00 p.m kickoff, both teams are here to show their fanbases they are worthy of postseason play and the past is the past.

The Vikings, fresh off a three-game homestand, narrowly avoided disaster last week by squeaking away with a win over the lowly Detroit Lions. The team is feeling the urgency to cement their place in their division and Sunday’s game is their final before a Week 7 bye when a tough stretch commences afterward.

Their focus will be to gain momentum from a win and avoid injuries going into their period of rest.

The Panthers’ offense had its worst showing of the season on Sunday with Sam Darnold tossing three interceptions, the line allowing three sacks, and only 267 total yards on the day.

A lone bright spot was former Oklahoma State star Chuba Hubbard filling in for the injured Christian McCaffery, crossing the 100-yard rushing mark. On the defensive side, the unit held their own against the Eagles limiting explosive plays and keeping Jalen Hurts in check.

Which position groups must step up in Week 6 to avoid another loss? Let’s check it out.