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Both teams will be coming into their bye week, offering very little in terms of a handicapping edge on either side.
The Minnesota Vikings have officially begun the Christian Ponder era at quarterback, dropping a 33-27 contest to the Green Bay Packers as 10-point home underdogs.
Interestingly enough, those two teams will face each other again on Nov. 14.
Due to the quick turnaround, the revenge factor isn't as strong as it would normally be, placing the entire squad's focus on the task at hand.
Running back Adrian Peterson should find daylight all afternoon, facing a defense that ranks 29th in the league in stopping the run, allowing 133.4 yards per game.
Carolina is a perfect 2-0 ATS when favored this season and definitely has things going in the right direction.
Quarterback Cam Newton has been electric and the rushing attack is starting to gain steam.
I believe that Vikings defensive end Jared Allen could be the difference in causing a timely turnover, while the franchise is 11-1 ATS off consecutive losses versus winning teams.
Pick: Minnesota Vikings (+4)