Vikings-Panthers Week 8 Capsule

VIKINGS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 5-4  
STREAKS 2 of past 3 4 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Frazier: 0-0 Rivera: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 33-27 vs. Packers W 33-20 vs. Redskins
LAST GAME 12/20/09: Vikings 7 at Panthers 26. Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart rushes for 109 yards & scores 2 4th-quarter TDs (3-yard rush, 2-yard rec.) as Panthers pull away from Minnesota.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/20/09
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 113 (Min.), 94 (Car.). XM: 227 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING Ponder (R): 22-49-318-2-2-63.1 Newton (R): 152-252-2,103 (3C)-8-9-82.8
RUSHING Peterson: 146-712 (1L)-4.9-8 (1L) D. Williams: 68-337-5.0-1
RECEIVING Jenkins: 27-332-12.3-3 S. Smith: 39-818 (1L)-21.0-3
OFFENSE 328.6 416.6
TAKE/GIVE +3 -2
DEFENSE 362.7 358.4
SACKS J. Allen: 11.5 (1L) C. Johnson: 6
INTs Sanford: 2 Martin: 2
PUNTING Kluwe: 44.6 Baker: 40.0
KICKING Longwell: 52 (16/16 PAT; 12/14 FG) Mare: 54 (15/16 PAT; 13/15 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: Rookie QB CHRISTIAN PONDER made 1st NFL start last week vs. GB, passing for 219 yards with 2 TDs & rushing for 31 yards on 4 carries (7.8 avg.). Led Vikings to season-high 435 total net yards against Packers…RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 175 yards & TD last week. Leads NFL in rushing yards (712) & rushing TDs (8). Since joining NFL in 2007, Peterson leads all players with 6,494 rushing yards & 60 rushing TDs. Had career-high 73 receiving yards vs. Panthers on 12/20/09…WR-KR PERCY HARVIN  ranks 2nd in NFC with 31.1 KR avg. WR MICHAEL JENKINS had 1st career 100-yard receiving game last week (111 yards on 3 catches, 37 avg.). TE VISANTHE SHIANCOE has 45+ receiving yards in 3 of past 4 games…DE JARED ALLEN leads NFL with 11.5 sacks & had 2 vs. GB. Now has 6 seasons with 10+ sacks (incl. past 5). Since entering NFL in 2004, has NFL-best 94.5 sacks. Has 21.5 sacks in past 16 games, incl. 10 in past 5. CB MARCUS SHERELS had 1st career sack last week…PANTHERS: Total (416.6 yards per game) & pass (288.4) offense rank 4th in NFC…Rookie QB CAM NEWTON averages 300.4 pass yards per game (2,103 yards in 7 games). Is only player in NFL history with 7+ pass (8) & 7+ rush (7) TDs in 1st 7 games. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 7 rush TDs, most among QBs & most among rookies. His 7 rush TDs tie VINCE YOUNG (7 in 2006) for most in season by rookie QB since ’70…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has 4,548 rush yards & 970 receiving yards in career. Needs 30 receiving yards to become 1st player in franchise history with 4,000+ rush yards & 1,000+ rec. yards. In career, when RB JONATHAN STEWART has 15+ att., team is 14-3 (.824). Had 68 rush yards last week (3,017 career), joining Williams (4,548) & DE SHAUN FOSTER (3,336) as only players in Panthers history with 3,000 rush yards…WR STEVE SMITH leads NFL with 818 receiving yards & 4 catches of 50+ yards. Has 3 games with 150+ yards, tied for most in NFL (WES WELKER). TE GREG OLSEN has TD catch in 3 of past 5. TE JEREMY SHOCKEY aims for 3rd in row with 4+ catches…DE CHARLES JOHNSON had sack vs. Was. & has 14 sacks in past 14 games.


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