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The Minnesota Vikings were unable to sustain the momentum gleaned from their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in London two weeks ago, as they were embarrassed at home by the Carolina Panthers, 35-10.
It was an atrocious showing by the Minnesota defense, which was shredded by the Carolina offense. Quarterback Matt Cassel was horrendous, throwing two interceptions, and he's clearly not the answer. Running back Adrian Peterson played with a heavy heart and gained 62 yards on 10 carries, but he received zero help from his teammates.
The 1-4 Vikings are now significantly behind the eight ball in the ultra-competitive NFC North, with division rivals Chicago (4-2), Detroit (4-2) and Green Bay (3-2) all sitting above .500.
With the season slipping away, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports the team may turn to recently signed quarterback Josh Freeman to salvage the campaign when the Vikings play the 0-6 Giants this Monday night.
Good luck with that, Minnesota. Even if the Vikings manage to beat the hapless Giants, their season is likely over.
Next game: at NY Giants (Monday Night Football)