NFL Betting: 2021 Season – Vikings vs Panthers Match Preview

Posted by Derrick Harper on October 14, 2021 in

The Bank of America Stadium will play host to Sunday’s clash between the visiting Minnesota Vikings and the Carolina Panthers. The Vikings hit the road for the first time in three weeks, while the Panthers are coming off of back-to-back losses. Both of these teams are potential playoff teams, so this one will be big for both squads. With that in mind, let’s have a look at both teams so you can get ready to bet against their NFL Betting Odds.

Minnesota Vikings vs Carolina Panthers Betting Analysis

Carolina Panthers Analysis

The Panthers, losers of two straight, are 3-6 in their last nine home games. Sam Darnold had been playing well until the last two games. Darnold has thrown for 1,366 yards with six touchdowns while throwing six interceptions. Robby Anderson and DJ Moore have been Darnold’s top receivers on the season. 

Carolina has built a good, young offensive line to block for their star, Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey looked good early in the season, but a pulled hamstring has derailed his hot start. McCaffrey has missed most of the last two games and is a game-time decision for Sunday’s matchup. If he plays, it will be a huge spark for a Carolina offense that hasn’t played well since McCaffrey’s departure. Chuba Hubbard has played well in CMC’s absence, but he’s nowhere near the player that McCaffrey is.

Carolina has a very good defense this season. Matt Rhule has built this unit into one of the top defenses in the NFL. They’re allowing just over 17 points per game and giving up just under 260 yards a game. Haason Reddick has become one of the top pass rushers in the NFL. Carolina also just traded for former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Stephon Gilmore to help solidify a secondary that has been hit by the injury bug.

Minnesota Vikings Analysis

The Vikings have won two of their last three, including a thriller over the Detroit Lions last Sunday. Kirk Cousins has played well in a contract season, throwing for almost 1400 yards with 10 touchdowns with just two interceptions. Cousins has one of the top receiving duos in the NFL to throw to, as Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson make life miserable for opposing defenses. 

Minnesota’s top rusher, Dalvin Cook, has missed two games this season, and we’re not sure if he’ll suit up on Sunday. If he does, it will help aid a Minnesota offense that hasn’t played well in his absence.

Predictions

The Carolina Panthers are 1.5-point favorites in this one. In looking at the numbers, it’s hard to pick a winner here. The Vikings are 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games and 2-10 against the spread in their last 12 games.

The numbers don’t look much better for the Panthers. They’re 1-4 against the spread in their last five October games. Overall, they’re 5-11 in their last 16.

The Panthers have been hurt by some key injuries, and that could be the difference in this one. Regardless of Christian McCaffrey’s status, we’re going to go with the underdog and pick the Minnesota Vikings to win. The Vikings go to Carolina and walk away with a 27-24 victory.