Panthers breeze past Peterson, Vikings

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 14, 2013 - 6:27 AM

Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Panthers chewed up a lifeless Vikings squad.

The Vikings locker room door swung open and the decibel level measured slightly above a whisper. The mood inside ranged from disbelief to downright shellshocked.

“I’m sitting here just thinking back [asking], what just transpired?” linebacker Chad Greenway said.

“Honestly, I have no answers,” defensive end Jared Allen said.

“I didn’t see our team coming in and playing as poorly as we did,” coach Leslie Frazier said.

Inexplicably, the Vikings treated their chance to remain relevant in 2013 with a collective yawn. Returning from their bye with a home game against a fellow 1-3 opponent, the Vikings looked so lethargic in a 35-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday that the team’s medical staff should have checked everyone’s pulse.

A chaotic and somber week for the organization ended with a no-show performance that sent fans streaming to the exits at Mall of America Field midway through the third quarter and inspired those who stuck around to boo thirstily as the team bumbled and stumbled to the final horn.

The Vikings dropped to 1-4 for the second time in three seasons, and any optimism generated by their victory against Pittsburgh in London was buried beneath the rubble of Sunday’s dismantling.

How bad was it? Defensive tackle Letroy Guion actually was called for taunting after Carolina fullback Mike Tolbert broke four tackles gutting the Vikings defense for a 10-yard touchdown on a shovel pass.

“We didn’t handle situations very well,” Frazier said. “Poor job on my part getting our guys ready to play and play better.”

Frazier’s teams have been outscored 108-27 in three games following the bye. Predictably, Frazier and a number of his players said they needed to review the film to properly assess what caused their undoing.

Defensive end Brian Robison already had a pretty good idea immediately after the game.

“There’s nothing to figure out,” he said. “They came in here and they whipped our tail.”

Allen described his team’s performance as nauseating, which is probably how Vikings felt, too.

“I want to go home and throw up,” Allen said. “It’s embarrassing. This is one of the worst home losses I think I’ve ever had. If I’ve had worse, I don’t remember. The game was just blah. You look up and you’re getting throttled.”

Start with the offense, first. Matt Cassel threw two interceptions on wildly overthrown passes (including one on the opening drive) and could return to the bench next week to make room for newcomer Josh Freeman.

Frazier said his quarterback situation is undecided right now, and he left open the possibility that Freeman could start against the New York Giants next Monday night depending on his comfort level with the offense.

The Vikings weren’t able to run the ball, either. Adrian Peterson only had 10 carries, gaining 62 yards rushing as he played two days after his 2-year-old son died from injuries suffered in an assault that police say was committed by the boyfriend of the child’s mother.

“It felt good to get back out there, get into the swing of things,” Peterson said. “Offensively we weren’t able to get anything going, create any drives, be productive in the run or pass game.”

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Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 3
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 3
St. Louis - LP: J. Kelly 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 5
NY Mets - WP: D. Gee 5 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. McCarthy 2
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: C. Lee 0
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 2
Cleveland - WP: Z. McAllister 3 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez 2
Washington - WP: D. Storen 6 FINAL
Miami - LP: M. Dunn 3
Seattle 2 Bottom 9th Inning
Texas 1
Boston 1 Top 8th Inning
Chicago WSox 3
Kansas City 4 Bottom 8th Inning
Houston 4
Toronto 0 Postponed
Minnesota 0
Oakland 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
LA Angels 0
Colorado 1 Bottom 3rd Inning
San Diego 1
Los Angeles 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
San Francisco 0
Chicago 86 FINAL
Charlotte 91
Indiana 101 FINAL
Orlando 86
Atlanta 111 FINAL
Milwaukee 103
Dallas 105 1st OT 0:01
Memphis 106
Detroit 111 FINAL
Oklahoma City 112
Houston 100 FINAL
New Orleans 105
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
San Antonio 100
Brooklyn 85 FINAL
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Golden State 18 1st Qtr 5:24
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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