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Vikings vs. Panthers: 5 Ways Minnesota Can Beat Carolina
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This week's showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings is sort of a must-win for Minnesota, and there are five key ways the Vikings can beat the Panthers.

What's interesting about this matchup is the game features two teams that are arguably better than their record reflects.

The Panthers are 2-5 and the Vikings are 1-6.

What is even more interesting is the fact that both teams' losses were by a margin of seven points or less, with the exception of one major loss to a divisional opponent—Vikings lost to Chicago by 29 and Carolina lost to Atlanta by 14—and both teams could've won the majority of the games they in fact lost.

With so many similarities, it's hard to ignore this matchup.

For the Vikings, however, this game is basically a must-win situation for them.

After this contest, they enter into their bye week and exit out of said bye week in a rematch with the Green Bay Packers; a team they already almost beat last week.

Needless to say, entering into the bye on a high note is paramount for a team that has struggled to find its way.

I'm not suggesting this will be easy, but I am also not saying it is impossible. So let's take a look at how the Vikings can win this game, shall we?

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