North Carolina has its issues with sports teams: the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA can't seem to get it together and neither have the Carolina Panthers for the most part. Recently, though, they've found sparkles to show frustrated fans.
October 13, 2013: Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
Yesterday in week six of the 2013 National Football League season Carolina had the biggest margin of victory in games played so far (the Monday night game result is pending): they beat the Minnesota Vikings by 25 points in a coast to coast wipe out. Minnesota scored a touchdown with 1:00 on the clock in the fourth quarter to get into double-digits on the scoreboard. Other than that touchdown Minnesota was futile on the field though there are reasons: Matt Cassel is substituting for bruised first stringer Christian Ponder and there isn't a real sense of flow. It's reasonable to assume that Minnesota planned around Ponder and not Cassel. The Vikings signed Josh Freeman this week and most fans assume he'll be playing in the Vikings next game.
Cam Newton shines the brightest
Carolina scored in every quarter in the Twin Cities for an easy victory. The Panthers dominated in time of possession (36:27 to 23:33) and had a running game that out-gained the Vikings (39 attempts/131 yards to 13 attempts/75yards.) Cam Newton was very efficient (20-26, 236 yards) compared to Matt Cassel (32-44, 215 yards.) Newton accounted for four Panther touchdowns: he threw for three and ran for one. The Vikings didn't really try to run the ball in the game: Matt Cassel threw the ball 44 times in an effort to reel in the Panthers on the scoreboard. In a lower scoring game Minnesota, perhaps, would have gone to the run and might have been successful. Carolina scored early and easily, though, so they couldn't really go that route.
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