Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Vikings 22, Panthers 10

Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) reacts after sacking the Panthers’ Cam Newton for a safety during the first quarter. The Panthers led 10-0 at that point, but the Vikings scored the final 22 points in the game to remain undefeated.

Getty Images

Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) reacts after sacking the Panthers’ Cam Newton for a safety during the first quarter. The Panthers led 10-0 at that point, but the Vikings scored the final 22 points in the game to remain undefeated.

Vikings short on stars, long on wins

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Vikings keep finding ways to overcome injuries —and to win. Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph and Marcus Sherels returned a punt for a score as Minnesota snapped Carolina's 14-game home winning streak 22-10 on Sunday.

The Vikings put the clamps on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, intercepting the reigning league MVP three times and getting eight sacks, one resulting in a safety by defensive end Danielle Hunter. The eight sacks were the second most ever of Newton. "We have a great team, the best team I have been a part of," said Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who had three sacks. "We come from every area on the field, and we get sacks."

Said Newton: "They were dictating to us after they got the momentum."

The Vikings improved to 3-0 despite missing running back Adrian Peterson, offensive tackle Matt Kalil and starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater because of injuries.

The Panthers averaged 42 points in their previous three home games but did little after taking a 10-0 lead. The Vikings held Carolina wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess without a catch.

Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said the Vikings' focus was on shutting down Benjamin: "We just knew where Benjamin was the whole time. Funchess, we weren't worried about him. It was Kelvin Benjamin. Me personally, I think No. 17 (Funchess) is not that good, so we weren't really worried about him."

22

10

Vikings 22, Panthers 10 09/25/16 [Last modified: Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up

    Blogs

    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  2. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant, Alex Colome worrying in 10-inning victory (w/video)

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while working eight solid. And Alex Colome couldn't have been much worse, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better, which could make the decision whether to trade him tougher. Cobb had a no-hitter through six and threw his biggest pitch with a 1-0 lead in the seventh, getting Josh Bell to roll into a double play.

  4. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Tim Beckham #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) 700011399
  5. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park, Pittsburgh

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)