Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota Vikings - 12/10/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

Well, the Vikings have doubled that.

Their victory at Mercedes-Benz Stadium moved the Vikings to 10-2, and coupled with the Panthers' 31-21 loss to the New Orleans Saints, it assured the Vikings of a two-game margin on the three teams chasing them for a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs. They're also now 8-2 both SU and ATS since Keenum took over at quarterback. "It's up to us to keep our foot on the gas pedal".

For now, the tiebreaker comes down to Minnesota's strength of victory. If they finish the regular season with the best record in the National Football Conference, or NFC, they would play home games throughout the playoffs.

Minnesota's last playoff appearance was during the 2015 season in the NFC wild-card game where it lost 10-9 to Seattle.

Sunday's game featured not just two of the hottest teams in the NFC but perhaps two of the NFC's best contenders as the season enters the final quarter.

"If they're scared to throw the ball down the field, then they're not going to score so many points", Griffen said, reported Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "We've just got to go out there and watch the tape and get ready for Carolina". The Falcons are fighting with the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints for positioning in the NFC South standings while the Vikings are inching closer to a division title in the NFC North. How about a one-year subscription to the ultimate sports streaming service in Canada, with access to every NFL game, as well as soccer, tennis, hockey and now, Canada's men's and women's national FIBA team. They may make the postseason, but they aren't making the Super Bowl.

- Minnesota is on a five-game regular season road game winning streak, its longest such streak since winning six straight from November 23, 2008 - October 10, 2009.

Asked what that is, Johnson said, "You already know the bigger goal".

"That's the best part of this situation, being able to control our own destiny", Wright said. With games against the Eagles and Seahawks ahead, gut check time begins for this young bunch.

The Vikings continued to prove that Sunday. But Rhodes stopped Tevin Coleman for no gain on first down, Ryan's pass was too high for Jones on second down and the Falcons had to settle for a 6-yard completion to Taylor Gabriel on third down. But the Vikings scored key touchdowns on their first two times in the red zone, including Case Keenum throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 14-9. "You know, we had some rough moments, but they just kept fighting". I have seen a lot of ugly games and games with some ups and downs. We haven't won the division and we have a ways to go.

But the Falcons' defense played well for most of the afternoon, holding the Vikings to 3.4 yards per carry and allowing just one reception of more than 20 yards. Still, they got enough points for the winning streak to reach eight.

A week after he'd posted 253 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones caught only one of his four targets for 13 yards through the game's first 50 minutes, as the Vikings used cornerback Xavier Rhodes to shadow the Pro Bowler with occasional help from safety Harrison Smith in bracket coverage.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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