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Continued: Panthers breeze past Peterson, Vikings

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

The defense was even worse. The Panthers had three touchdown drives that spanned at least 10 plays. Carolina held the ball nearly 13 minutes longer than the Vikings.

The Vikings couldn’t stop the run (131 yards allowed) or the pass (Cam Newton completed 20 of 26 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns in posting a career-high 143.4 rating).

“When you can’t stop the run and you can’t stop the pass, what can you stop?” Allen asked.

The secondary doesn’t look capable of stopping anything at this point. Maligned cornerback Josh Robinson made another glaring mistake on the opening series of the second half. Robinson failed to drop deep enough in zone coverage, which allowed Newton to connect with Brandon LaFell on a 79-yard touchdown.

That gave the Panthers a 21-3 lead, and the Vikings played like zombies the rest of the game.

Afterward, someone asked Allen how the team can regroup after such an alarming performance.

“I hope people rebound by being angry,” he said. “I hope guys are ticked off. I hope their feelings are hurt. I’m a positive human being, and I believe in focusing on the positive. But I also believe there’s something to a little negative reinforcement.

“I hope this sticks in everybody’s gut a little bit, sticks in their craw and we can remember this feeling,” he said. “I hope that everybody is as ticked off as I am because this is embarrassing.”

 

Chip Scoggins • chip.scoggins@startribune.com





 

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