A motivated Vikings team looking to clinch their division pay a visit to Carolina.
In Brett Favre's last 2 starts he's thrown 3 interceptions, matching his total from the first 11 weeks. In addition he's thrown only 3 touchdowns, compared to 7 in the two starts previous to week's 13 and 14. People are talking about another December collapse. Last season Favre led the Jets to an 8-3 record only to go 1-4 the last month of the season and miss the playoffs.
I don't think that's what we are seeing here. Yes, week 13 Favre had a bad game against the Cards, one bad game, all great QB's have bad games sometimes. He did not struggle one big against the Bengals last week. The game plan was just different.
With standout rookie Wideout Percy Harvin missing the game the Vikes got back to their bread and butter, and ran the ball down Cincy's throats with All Day Adrian Peterson. Favre isn't collapsing, anyone who thinks so isn't watching the games. Stats don't mean much if you don't watch the games for yourself.
The Vikings will most likely have Percy Harvin back, which is huge for Favre, next to Sidney Rice, Harvin has become a favorite of Favre, and it's amazing to see how well they play together. The chemistry is there, and the Vikings need them to play well against Carolina's 3rd ranked pass defense.
Side note here, I guess I could have waited to point this out, but, I don' t want to. Why is nobody talking about how good the Panthers secondary has played this season? Well I know why, because they haven't won alot of games and Delhomme AKA Mr. Turnover has stolen the show with all his picks.
But it's amazing how well that secondary has played, especially given their schedule. The Panthers have faced the Saints, New England, Dallas, Philly, Atlanta when Matt Ryan was healthy, and Arizona. They have played 3 of the top 5 QB's and are still 3rd against the pass, pretty impressive.
Ok, back to the Vikings. Harvin is back which is big, but, Sidney Rice may miss this week with Flu like symptoms, but, as well as he's played I think its Harvin that anchors this receiving Corp, and with Percy back they should be fine.
Carolina also have one of the worst rushing defenses in the game, so Favre will more than likely managed the game with the short passing attack, much like the Cincy game, and hand it off to Peterson often. Peterson has quietly had another Pro Bowl season, and he should have a big game.
Carolina will be without Jake Delhomme again, which is actually a blessing for the Panthers. I think Matt Moore gives this team a better chance to win. God, I can't believe that sentence came out of my mouth. Let's say it again.
“Matt Moore gives the Panthers a better chance to win.” I feel dirty just saying that….ewwww.
Lets get real though, the Panther's are not going to throw the ball more than 25 times, and will likely throw it under 20 times if they can stay close with their defense. DeAngelo Williams is back, which is huge for Carolina. They are likely going to try and control the game with Williams and Jonathan Stewart and the ground attack.
The Vikings are 4th against the run, giving up only 86 yards per game. But, the Vikes havn't played a running back of DeAngelo's caliber since facing Ray Rice and Baltimore week 6. I know that's not their fault and the the Vikings run stopping duo known as the Williams Wall will be tough to get through for the Panthers.
Really both teams will have a similar game plan. Run the ball, force turnovers on defense, and stop the run. The difference in the game however, is talent. Carolina is just not talented enough to stay with this Vikings team.
Carolina should have a decent day on the ground, but it just won't be enough. The Vikings are going to put up at least 28 points, Carolina isn't built to score that many points on a weekly basis. The Vikings are just too much to handle for Carolina.
Prediction Brett Favre has a good game and silences the critics Vikings 34 Panthers 20
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Written by Danny Shapiro
Danny Shapiro is 26 years old, married and a father to 2 boys, who he hopes one day to play MLB and support him and his wife in their old age. Danny's second love, mistress even, is sports and Danny is living his dream of being a sports writer right now, thanks to Prosportsblogging.com.