GAME DAY: Vikings Visit Carolina Panthers Today in Charlotte
The Minnesota Vikings are looking to build on last week's win over the Lions this afternoon in Charlotte when they face Sam Darnold and the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Week 6 of the NFL season.
The Vikings (2-3) are coming off a 19-17 victory over the Detroit Lions on a last-second field goal at home last Sunday in Minneapolis. The Panthers (3-2) lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 21-18 last weekend at home in Charlotte.
The Vikings will be without the services of tight end Ben Ellefson (knee) defensive tackle Michael Pierce (elbow) -- both 'out' for today's game.
For the Panthers, running back Christian McCaffery and linebacker Shaq Thompson are 'out' for today's game. Offensive lineman Deonte Brown is listed as 'questionable.'
And this from Vikings.com...
We're only six weeks into the 2021 schedule, but the Vikings season already feels as if it is at a crossroads. And the direction Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer's squad takes likely depends on what the final score says Sunday afternoon in Carolina. Minnesota enters Week 6 with a 2-3 record, the byproduct of some close losses, a narrow win and plenty of drama and intrigue so far. But there's no denying that Sunday's game is pivotal. Massive. Immense. You can pick any adjective, really.
NFC North Standings
Unbelievably, despite last week's season-opening loss, the Vikings technically sit in first place in the NFC North because the Packers, Bears, and Lions also all lost by bigger margins.
- Green Bay Packers (4-1) at Chicago today
- Chicago Bears (3-2) vs Green Bay today
- Minnesota Vikings (2-3) at Carolina today
- Detroit Lions (0-5) vs. Cincinnati today
The Vikings are 2½ point favorites against the Panthers today.
The game is set to kickoff at 12:00 PM CT. (TV: FOX, RADIO: 1240 AM & 95.3 FM WJON.)
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