Week 6 was a difficult game to predict. Both the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers were struggling with 1-3 records. However, the Panthers had the edge due to the unfortunate events that affected running back Adrian Peterson.
The events that occurred to Peterson prior to the game played a heavy role in the team’s performance. It is very unfortunate what happened and you could see it in his eyes as he sat on the sideline for most of the second half. Peterson is one of the best running backs in the league and he was held to under 70 yards. Besides Peterson, the Vikings have no run game. This made them more one-dimensional and easier for the Panthers to defend.
Playing in Minnesota, the Panthers were really going to have to get going fast and take the crowd out of the game. That’s exactly what happened. The Panthers started off solid, with quick pace. Quarterback Cam Newton stepped up as a leader on field and combined for four total touchdowns. The team was focused and played well; every player stepped up in one way or another. The Panthers had breakout performances from Newton, Mike Tolbert, Thomas Davis and Mike Mitchell.
In Week 7, the Panthers are playing the 3-3 St. Louis Rams. The Rams are a good team, but aren’t the best team. They have a good defense and a good, young, commanding quarterback. However, since they traded running back Steven Jackson and let wide receiver Danny Amendola go, the Rams haven’t been able to make their claim as a power house team. The Panthers have momentum from their big win in Week 6. They have a strong team and great potential. This is the week for the Panthers to prove that they are a dangerous team and can compete for a playoff spot.
This is a make-or-break game for the Panthers because after Week 8, the Panthers’ schedule will become very difficult. They need to remain focused and come out swinging and protect the ball. This will guarantee them a win and one step closer to the playoffs.