The Panthers started the quarter with the ball near the Minnesota red zone, and it looked like they were going to dent the scoreboard. However, Eric Kendricks had other ideas, as he intercepted Teddy Bridgewater’s pass on 3rd-and-11 from the 12 and thwarted the Carolina effort.
The Vikings couldn’t take advantage of the turnover and punted the ball back to Carolina. The Panthers were faced with a 4th-and-1 from midfield after a successful challenge from Mike Zimmer, and they converted to continue the drive. After the two-minute warning, the Panthers got into the end zone, as Bridgewater found Robby Anderson on a short pass that Anderson turned into a 41-yard score. Joey Slye hit the extra point, and just like that things were tied at 7-7.
Minnesota then put together a two-minute drive. . .if you could call it that. . .and set Dan Bailey up for a 53-yard field goal attempt. He split the uprights, and the Vikings took the lead into the locker room at halftime, 10-7.
Kirk Cousins actually played a fairly efficient first half in this one, completing 13-of-18 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. Dalvin Cook has been the leading receiver for the Vikings, with 21 yards on four receptions.
Cook has found it significantly tougher on the ground, as the Vikings’ run game hasn’t gotten it going yet. He’s carried the ball 11 times for just 35 yards through the first half of play.
The lead for the Vikings at halftime is a field goal, as they lead the Panthers by a tally of 10-7. Come on in and join us for the third quarter of play!