While not all of the ills of this team are at the quarterback position, it's clear that Matt Cassel's future is that of a backup. Two Cassel interceptions that led to 14 points for Carolina highlighted the problem with the Vikings offense.
But let's not overlook the fact that the defense was shredded all game long. Cam Newton led the Panthers on long scoring drives in the first half, one of 15 plays and the other of 14, to open a 14-3 lead at halftime. He then used the big play to open the scoring in the second half, completing a 79-yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell with just more than a minute gone in the third quarter.
This loss was extremely difficult to watch after the Vikings looked good in their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in London.
Here are some takeaways from the game. Warning, it won't be a pretty picture.