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Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota Vikings 11/29/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Carolina Panthers visit the Minnesota Vikings on 11/29/2020 at 1:00PM.

Carolina and Minnesota face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Carolina has a record of 4-7 this season. Minnesota is 4-6 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Carolina Team Defense Preview

Carolina faces 6.8 plays per drive, this defense gives up 37.3 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 2.60 points per drive. On 49.1% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but 13.2% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 31.1 yard line, they typically last 3:01.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 95.5 against Carolina and 1.2% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Carolina has caused a sack rate of 3.8% this season.

We will get more situational with Carolina and examine various situations. They have faced 137 third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 71 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 51.8%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 5 fourth down attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 3 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 60.0%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 41 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and their opponents have converted 24 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 58.5%.

Carolina Team Offense Preview

Carolina has run 6.6 plays per drive and this offense averages 36.6 yards per drive, and they score 2.41 points per offensive possession. On 46.2% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but 11.3% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their possessions start on average at their Own 28.0 and these drives usually take up 3:13 of time.

3.7% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Carolina and on 2.4% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Carolina has yielded 22 sacks this season and there were 139 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 4.2 yards per carry and for 106.4 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 7 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Carolina and examine various situations. They have had 131 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 53 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 40.5%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 16 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 9 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 56.3%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 37 Red Zone entrances this season and have converted 22 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 59.5%.

Minnesota Team Defense Preview

Minnesota faces 6.4 plays per drive, this defense gives up 35.7 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 2.53 points per drive. 49.1% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 8.5% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 34.5 and these drives usually take up 2:56 of time.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 100.1 against Minnesota and on 2.2% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Minnesota has caused a sack rate of 5.0% this season.

Examining Minnesota in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 116 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 42 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 36.2%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 21 fourth down attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 14 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 66.7%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 36 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 20 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 55.6%.

Minnesota Team Offense Preview

Minnesota has 5.5 plays per drive, they generate 35.4 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.40 points per drive. 38.5% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 14.7% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their possessions start on average at their Own 24.9 and these drives typically last 2:38.

On 7.3% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and 4.0% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Minnesota has given up 19 sacks this season and this has resulted in 97 yards lost.

Minnesota rushed for 5.1 yards per carry and for 150.7 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 10 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Minnesota and examine various situations. They have had 104 third down attempts this season and have converted 45 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 43.3%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 11 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 5 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 45.5%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 32 Red Zone entrances this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 25 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 78.1%.

The Carolina Roster

The Players to Watch for Carolina

Teddy Bridgewater QB 6-2 215

This season, Teddy Bridgewater has put up 2552 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has thrown 7 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 98.7thus far this season. Teddy Bridgewater has thrown 7 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Teddy Bridgewater has 196 rushing yards, which puts him in the 84.85 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 35 times this season, which puts him in the 81.82 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 3 rushing touchdowns this season.

Mike Davis RB 5-9 221

This season, Mike Davis has 449 rushing yards on 111 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 3 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Mike Davis picked up 305 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 49 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

D.J. Moore WR 5-11 215

This season, D.J. Moore picked up 863 yards. He caught the ball 46 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 4 receiving touchdowns this season.

Derrick Brown DT 6-5 326

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Carolina, Derrick Brown has 15 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 20.91 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Brian Burns DE 6-5 250

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Carolina, Brian Burns has 24 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 6 times this season, which put him in the 86.21 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 3.0 fumbles this season.

Tre Boston FS 6-1 205

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Carolina, Tre Boston had 42 tackles which puts him in the 83.33 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Tre Boston as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 20.34 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Rasul Douglas CB 6-2 209

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Carolina, Rasul Douglas had 31 tackles which puts him in the 77.17 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Rasul Douglas as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 24.14 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The Minnesota Roster

The Players to Watch for Minnesota

Kirk Cousins QB 6-3 202

This season, Kirk Cousins has put up 2461 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has thrown 11 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 102.7thus far this season. Kirk Cousins has thrown 11 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Kirk Cousins has 58 rushing yards, which puts him in the 48.48 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 13 times this season, which puts him in the 36.36 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Dalvin Cook RB 5-10 210

This season, Dalvin Cook has 1069 rushing yards on 201 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 13 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Dalvin Cook picked up 234 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 25 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Justin Jefferson WR 6-1 202

This season, Justin Jefferson picked up 848 yards. He caught the ball 45 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 4 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jaleel Johnson DT 6-3 316

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Minnesota, Jaleel Johnson has 18 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 72.73 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Jalyn Holmes DE 6-5 283

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Minnesota, Jalyn Holmes has 14 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 10.34 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Anthony Harris FS 6-1 202

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Minnesota, Anthony Harris had 40 tackles which puts him in the 77.54 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Anthony Harris as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 20.34 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jeff Gladney CB 5-10 191

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Minnesota, Jeff Gladney had 43 tackles which puts him in the 97.83 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jeff Gladney as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 24.14 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota Vikings Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Carolina Panthers 25 Minnesota Vikings 26

Spread Pick: Carolina +3.5 -114 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Minnesota -173 5Dimes
Total Pick: Under 52 -140 matchbook