CAROLINA (1-3) at MINNESOTA (1-3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Vikings by 2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 1-3, Minnesota 2-2
SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 6-4
LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Panthers 24-21, Oct. 30, 2011
LAST WEEK - Panthers lost to Cardinals 22-6; Vikings had bye
AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 28, Vikings (tied) No. 26
PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (7), PASS (30)
PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (7), PASS (8)
VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (10), PASS (23)
VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (15), PASS (29T)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -This is eighth of 11 all-time meetings between teams at Minnesota's Metrodome, now known as Mall of America Field. ... Panthers coach Ron Rivera and Vikings coach Leslie Frazier were defensive teammates with Bears in 1980s. ... Vikings T Matt Kalil and Panthers C Ryan Kalil are brothers, both products of USC. ... Vikings haven't beaten NFC South team at home since Sept. 21, 2008 vs. Panthers, streak of four straight such losses. ... Panthers have allowed 15 sacks for 117 yards, fourth-most lost yards in league. They gave up seven sacks last week and lost second starting guard to season-ending injury. Either Travelle Wharton or Chris Scott will replace Amini Silatolu this week. ... Panthers QB Cam Newton had season-high 308 yards passing last week but no TDs and three INTs for 47.8 rating, third lowest of career. ... Matt Cassel expected to start at QB again for Vikings after replacing injured Christian Ponder (ribs) and passing for 248 yards and two TDs without turnover in win over Steelers in London in last game before bye. ... Ponder's first career win came vs. Panthers in 2011, his second start. ... Vikings' defense has forced 12 turnovers in four games, tied for best average in league with Seahawks and Chiefs, but has also allowed 10 TD passes, the second-highest per-game rate behind Cowboys. CB Chris Cook (groin) and S Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) likely to return to starting lineup after missing Steelers game.
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