Morgan, Remmers out for Vikings vs. Panthers

Ruben Hill
December 10, 2017

When: 1 p.m. Sunday.

One matchup that fans will be sure to keep an eye on up front will be Panthers LT Matt Kalil, who of course played the first five years of his career in Minnesota, going against Everon Griffen, who was his teammate both in Minnesota and at USC.

LIMBECK: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds. In the words of Minnesota defensive-line coach Andre Patterson, the Vikings will "violently show up". They also still have a shot to win the division if they can run the table and New Orleans (9-4) loses one of its final three games. He has completed just 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,583 yards with 16 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a modest passer rating of 83.0. But he has 515 rushing yards in 2017. They need to make him uncomfortable by bringing lots of pressure when he's not expecting it - dial up some blitzes on first and second downs. You keep on hitting him. "He's a big guy". The Panthers were let down by their usually tough defense, allowing 148 yards on the ground and 400 yards of offense to the Saints.

The former Auburn star has played against Minnesota twice. After all, Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey come with a big pedigree.

Kalil just can't wait to make his return to game action after sitting on the sidelines for most of the season. Case Keenum has completed 70 percent of his throws for an efficient 7.5 yards per attempt during the winning streak, the offensive line has the best adjusted sack rate in the National Football League and the running game is clicking behind Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon. "They're very, very comfortable in their scheme".

The Panthers now occupy the No. 6 seed in the NFC, tied with the Seattle Seahawks at 8-4 and just a half-game above division-rival Atlanta (8-5).

Two All-Pro players will return to the Panthers' offense on Sunday: tight end Greg Olsen and center Ryan Kalil.

At 8-5, the Falcons remain division contenders, especially with games against the Saints on December 24 and the Panthers in the regular-season finale on December 31 remaining. Atlanta plays the other NFC South member, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, next week before those two games.

In terms of a division title, the Vikings can clinch the crown by winning one more game or else losses by Detroit or Green Bay.

"This stretch moving forward, we just have to catch fire in a good way", Newton said, "and I believe we will".

It's the Minnesota Vikings at the Panthers for a 1 o'clock kickoff inside Bank of America Stadium.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group.

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