A pair of NFC teams needing a win to stay in playoff contention square off in Minneapolis Sunday, with Minnesota Vikings hosting the Carolina Panthers. Let’s get you up to speed for Panthers vs Vikings betting. Minnesota had been rolling before last weekend, having won three straight, but it was upset by the visiting Dallas Cowboys. Carolina has been dealing with NFL injury news for a few main players, specifically running back Christian McCaffrey, but the Panthers snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over the Detroit Lions in an NFL Week 11 matchup.
One interesting side note to this game is the return of Carolina quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to face his former team. Bridgewater spent his first three NFL seasons with the Vikings after they drafted him out of Louisville in 2014. That’s something to keep in mind when you’re betting online on the game.
|Game: Carolina (4-7) at Minnesota (4-6)
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Panthers vs Vikings Betting: NFL Betting Lines
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Moneyline: Panthers +165 | Vikings -190
While the Panthers were able to pick up the win last weekend, they’re still not a team to count on with any consistency. McCaffrey is considered doubtful for this game, but even with their star, the Panthers’ offense just isn’t one to win a shootout, which is what we see this being. Minnesota may be without Adam Thielen, but Kirk Cousins still has rookie Justin Jefferson to throw to and Dalvin Cook to hand the ball off to.
Pick: Vikings to win
Point Spread: Vikings -3½
The NFL betting odds are giving the Vikings the slight edge for being the home team, but the Panthers have actually been competitive on the road, putting together a 2-3 record. That doesn’t seem like much for a road record, but consider that those three losses came to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints and the Kansas City Chiefs, and you can understand a little better what they’ve been facing. Still, Minnesota should be able to cover this spread, winning this game by a touchdown.
Pick: Vikings to cover
Over/Under: 51½ points
Even though the Vikings are currently sitting under .500, they are scoring points, averaging 26.4 per game. The resurgence of Cook has been a big positive for the team, as Minnesota has scored at least 28 points in three of its last four contests. Defensively, the Vikings are having some troubles, with safety Harrison Smith questionable for this game and the pass rush producing just 19 sacks on the season.
Bridgewater returning under center for the Panthers should be a boost, though the team had a solid outing against Detroit with P.J. Walker at the helm. We can see the Panthers putting some points on the board in this one, just not enough to win.
Pick: Over 51½ points
Final score: Vikings 30, Panthers 24
Panthers vs Vikings Betting: Props Talk
In NFL COVID-19 news, Thielen was put on the COVID-19/reserve list this week, so his status for this one is up in the air. If he plays, the Vikings could really open things up with the passing game like they did last week, when Thielen had two touchdown catches. Cousins is comfortable with Thielen, so Minnesota would definitely get a boost if he’s able to play.
Let’s take a look at some NFL betting props for the game.
Race To 10 Points: Vikings -175
Minnesota was in a scoring groove last week, putting 28 points up against the Cowboys. We can see that continuing into this week. On the other side, Bridgewater is going to be fired up playing against his former team, which may make it hard for him to be accurate with his passes early on. He’ll get into a groove after a while, but the Vikings take the early advantage in this one.
Team To Score Longest TD: Vikings -155
As we talked about, Cousins is comfortable throwing it long to Thielen, but he also has the explosive rookie Jefferson to look for on deep throws. Once Cook gets going, the play-action is going to make it hard on the Panthers’ secondary, and Cousins is going to connect with one of his receivers from long distance. Make sure to look at this bet when making your NFL picks.
Double Result: Vikings/Vikings -110
As we talked about earlier, we can foresee the Panthers struggling early as Bridgewater gets hold of his emotions. Minnesota will get off to a quick start and be leading at the halftime break. Carolina may get back into it and possibly take a lead at some point, but we like Minnesota to come out on top in this one, making his prop bet a nice addition to a moneyline or point spread bet.