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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 10/13/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




CAROLINA (1 - 3) at MINNESOTA (1 - 3)
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Week 6 Sunday, 10/13/2013 1:00 PM
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CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-3-31-31-318.59.2326.5(5.2)
Road Games0-2-3.10-21-114.56.5330.5(5.1)2.523.03.0343.0(5.4)2.5
Last 3 Games1-2-21-21-222.310.0354.3(5.3)2.315.32.0278.7(4.9)2.7
Dome Games0-1-1.50-10-16.06.0353.0(6)
CAROLINA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.241221.332:5328-106(3.8)23-3859.2%247(6.5)66-354(5.3)(14.7)
Offense Road Games14.56.523.032:2226-110(4.2)21-3854.5%220(5.7)64-330(5.1)(22.8)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.38.819.629:4228-115(4.1)19-3456.6%225(6.6)62-340(5.5)(16)
Defense Road Games23.03.021.527:3730-119(3.9)23-3368.7%223(6.7)64-343(5.4)(14.9)
CAROLINA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-537.3%0-00.0%0-10(21)2-22(10.9)6-60
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.80.82.5 13-430.7%1-036.2%2-34(21.9)20-2(8.9)7-63
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-538.5%0-00.0%0-9(18)1-19(13)5-42

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-3-3.32-24-028.718.0350.5(5.9)2.530.717.7430.7(6)3.0
Home Games0-1-2.60-11-027.017.0329.0(4.5)
Last 3 Games1-2-2.32-13-030.319.3357.3(5.8)2.029.719.3418.0(6)3.3
Dome Games0-2-3.60-22-025.515.5329.5(5.4)3.532.518.5439.0(5.9)3.0
MINNESOTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.718.018.026:5728-127(4.6)19-3160.0%224(7.2)59-350(5.9)(12.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.41319.130:1428-111(4)22-3561.5%236(6.7)63-347(5.5)(14.2)
Offense Home Games27.017.021.031:0831-134(4.3)25-4259.5%195(4.6)73-329(4.5)(12.2)
Defense (All Games)30.717.726.033:0324-106(4.4)31-4765.4%324(6.9)71-431(6)(14)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.113.22030:4622-84(3.7)25-4062.3%268(6.8)62-352(5.7)(15.3)
Defense Home Games31.024.023.028:5217-103(6.1)31-5556.4%306(5.6)72-409(5.7)(13.2)
MINNESOTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.71.71.914-537.6%1-062.2%2-55(22.4)16-2(7.8)5-50
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-647.3%1-050.0%3-95(34.6)2-15(6.7)6-55
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.81.8 13-535.1%1-046.7%3-64(24.2)22-2(11)5-53
Stats Against (Home Games) 15-640.0%3-266.7%1-26(26)3-20(6.7)5-47
Average power rating of opponents played: CAROLINA 20,  MINNESOTA 20
CAROLINA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2013@ BUFFALO23-24L-3.5L43.5O32-12521-38-183133-14927-39-2872
9/22/2013NY GIANTS38-0W2W47U46-19415-27-208216-6014-27-903
10/6/2013@ ARIZONA6-22L-3L41U20-9521-39-258428-9019-28-1603
10/13/2013@ MINNESOTA            
10/20/2013ST LOUIS            
10/24/2013@ TAMPA BAY            
11/10/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO            

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ DETROIT24-34L4L46O22-10518-28-225433-11728-43-3522
9/15/2013@ CHICAGO30-31L6W40.5O33-12316-30-227326-12928-39-2824
10/21/2013@ NY GIANTS            
10/27/2013GREEN BAY            
11/3/2013@ DALLAS            
CAROLINA: New offensive coordinator Mike Shula was promoted from QB coach, so there won't be many offensive changes. Carolina uses a zone-blocking scheme in a number of looks, from spread to wishbone. Jonathan Stewart figures to lead the RB committee in carries, with DeAngelo Williams in a No. 2 role and Mike Tolbert splitting time at halfback and fullback. They use a lot of zone read options with Cam Newton, who could very well lead the team in rushing again as Shula is committed to letting his star pupil make plays. This is a vertical passing game that works off the threat of the run. Shula will continue to make it a point to feed Steve Smith any time he's in single coverage. Smith still does most of his work downfield. Flex TE Greg Olsen serves as essentially a No. 2 receiver, working up the seam most of the time but also coming back on some checkdowns in the middle of the field. They started to work in Brandon LaFell last year as a catch-and-run guy, and he figures to kick inside when they increasingly go three-wide with field-stretcher Domenik Hixon outside. The red zone will continue to be where Newton takes over. He had nearly half the team's rushing attempts inside the 10 last year, and he and Tolbert essentially split goal line chances. When they throw, Olsen figures to be the No. 1 target. This defense will need another year or two before becoming an above-average unit. LB Luke Kuechly led the NFL with 164 tackles as a rookie, and the Panthers drafted two large DTs in Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short who will be great down the road. But although no Carolina player had more than two interceptions in 2012, the team did nothing to bolster its secondary. The best cover men are underwhelming CBs Josh Norman and Josh Taylor, and top SS Haruki Nakamura has no business being a starter in the NFL.
MINNESOTA: The Vikings have adopted more of a versatile running scheme, mixing in a lot of man blocking with their usual zone stuff. Obviously, Adrian Peterson is the centerpiece of this offense, and after bringing him along somewhat slowly early last season, he'll be all-systems-go as a three-down workhorse this year. Toby Gerhart will occasionally spell him and would take a full workload if Peterson were to get hurt again. This is a West Coast passing game that has Christian Ponder moving around a lot. In the past, their favorite play had been to roll Ponder out with Percy Harvin for some long hand-offs. They'd like rookie Cordarrelle Patterson to take that role of the departed Harvin. TE Kyle Rudolph will also inherit those looks, and they'll involve Peterson in the screen game frequently. Greg Jennings will move around a lot and should be their leading receiver. Jerome Simpson is a pure deep threat, while third receiver Jarius Wright will line up inside and out, but is better working downfield. Not surprisingly, the Vikings continued to ride Peterson in the red zone (59 carries inside 20-yd line last season), and they'll do the same this year. When they throw, it's usually off play-action with Rudolph. The strength of this defense comes up front with 4-time All-Pro DE Jared Allen (117 career sacks) and 5-time All-Pro DT Kevin Williams (56.5 career sacks), plus first-round pick DT Sharrif Floyd and new DE Lawrence Jackson. The Vikings still have star SLB Chad Greenway (148 tackles, T-2nd in NFL) all over the field, but despite the defense's utter lack of playmakers, it added no significant free agents in the back seven. The subpar pass defense (244 YPG, 24th in NFL) got even weaker when it allowed top CB Antoine Winfield to sign elsewhere. CB Chris Cook and rookie CB Xavier Rhodes are a shaky starting duo.
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*Panthers-Vikings Preview* ==========================


Shaky quarterback play has been at the root of the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers' problems thus far.

Their Week 6 matchup Sunday in Minnesota could mark the final game before Josh Freeman takes over for the Vikings, while Carolina is counting on Cam Newton to turn things around.

Freeman practiced with Minnesota (1-3) for the first time Wednesday since signing with the club Sunday. But coach Leslie Frazier ruled out any possibility that Freeman would start this week's game as he tries to digest a different offensive system.

All signs point to Frazier again giving the start to Matt Cassel, who took first-team reps in practice. Cassel completed 16 of 25 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns in his first game for Minnesota, a 34-27 victory over Pittsburgh in London on Sept. 29.

"One thing you can expect in the NFL: expect the unexpected," Cassel said. "Because every week it changes. You never know what's going to happen. I learned that over time. This is my ninth year now."

Allowing Cassel that opportunity was a rib injury suffered by Christian Ponder, who is still limited in practice. Even if healthy, Ponder may have started his last game for the Vikings after throwing two TDs compared to five interceptions with a 65.9 passer rating in three contests this year.

Selected 12th overall by the Vikings in 2011, Ponder has one year remaining on his contract.

"On the surface, he'd question that," Frazier said. "He's human. I'm sure he has at times, but he just has to continue to work and work as hard as he can. And I think things will work out fine for Christian in the long term."

The Panthers (1-3) are enduring their third slow start in as many years with Newton at the helm after going 1-5 and 1-6 the previous two seasons. Their 22-6 loss at Arizona last week marked the first time since Nov. 13, 2011, that they failed to score a TD.

Newton was just 21 of 39 with three interceptions.

His 78.4 rating on the season is the lowest of his career and he's also found the end zone just once on the ground after totaling 22 rushing scores over the last two years.

Carolina ranks 27th in scoring (18.5 ppg) and 24th in total offense (329.0 ypg).

Newton also shouldered some of the blame for the team's second-half flops, as Carolina held a halftime lead in each of its losses.

"I think it's more on my behalf that I have to focus in and hone in on my skills and say 'Look, let me focus more in the second half and get the job done,'" said Newton, who was 22 of 35 for 290 yards and three touchdowns while also running six times for 53 yards in a 24-21 loss to Minnesota on Oct. 30, 2011.

Coach Ron Rivera pointed to shortcomings at other positions, particularly along the offensive line, which has surrendered 15 sacks, including seven to the Cardinals. He ruled left guard Amini Silatolu out for the rest of the season Monday due to a torn right ACL. The unit was already shorthanded after losing right guard Garry Williams for the year in Week 1.

"Teams are going to blitz us because they've had success blitzing us," left tackle Jordan Gross said. "We have to pick up the stuff we've seen them do and then the stuff we've haven't seen them do we have to adjust on the fly. We're going to see a lot of different looks and we have to do a better job of picking them up."

One player trying to get to Newton on Sunday will be defensive end Brian Robison, who signed a four-year extension Wednesday that could be worth up to $28 million.

Steve Smith has caught 37 passes for 625 yards and four TDs in six career games against Minnesota, including a career-best 201-yard performance in a 38-13 victory on Oct. 30, 2005.

The Vikings have scored a first-quarter touchdown in eight straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL, while the Panthers' streak of holding their last eight opponents scoreless in the first quarter is also the league's longest.

Minnesota has won its last six home games immediately following a bye and is 5-2 against Carolina at the Metrodome.

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