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2-0, 1st in NFC North
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Panthers expected to win at home

Despite the distraction of protests in Charlotte, Ben Goessling and David Newton both predict the Panthers to defeat the banged up Vikings. ESPN's FPI gives the Panthers a 68 percent chance to win on Sunday. Week 3 predictions (Insider)

Week 11 is earliest Peterson could return (0:51)
Vikings rolling with Clemmings at left tackle (1:21)

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

In the Vikings' full injury report, MyCole Pruitt and Xavier Rhodes are questionable against the Panthers.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Stefon Diggs has a groin injury, but the Vikings did not list him with an injury designation on their final injury report, which would imply he's ready to play on Sunday against Carolina. Mike Zimmer said Diggs was held out of practice for precautionary reasons on Friday. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes is questionable for the game, and said he isn't sure how the Vikings will use him after missing two games with a knee injury.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer said Stefon Diggs missed practice for precautionary reasons. He's confident Diggs will play Sunday.

Field Yates' must-start Viking (0:54)
Do Adrian Peterson's replacements have value this week? (0:57)

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Stefon Diggs isn't practicing today, and was watching practice in a hoodie. He hasn't been on the injury report yet this week.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings announced Matt Kalil had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip, while Sharrif Floyd had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee performed by Dr. James Andrews.

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How to bet Minnesota-Carolina

Where does the betting value lie in the Minnesota-Carolina Week 3 matchup? ESPN Chalk experts provide against-the-spread and over/under advice.

Bradford details training to be Vikings QB (2:00)

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who began his career in Charlotte and still has a house there, was shaken by news of the protests in the city following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday. The Vikings play the Panthers in Charlotte this weekend.

How will Vikings and Panthers replace their RBs? (1:17)
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Zimmer: 'Assume' Peterson will be out months

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he "would assume" that Adrian Peterson would miss months, not weeks, after his surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee Thursday.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Sharrif Floyd had surgery to clean up cartilage in his knee. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the defensive tackle won't play Sunday against the Panthers

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League insiders leaning toward Panthers

All three evaluators polled by Mike Sando expect Carolina to beat Minnesota, but they expect a good game as well. One is concerned about the pressure Sam Bradford will be facing. Evaluators' predictions (Insider)

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Odds are stacked against Jacoby Brissett

Any starting debut is a challenge, but Brissett will make his on a short week. In the last 10 years, only three QBs have made their first career start on a non-Week 1 Thursday. All three, including two Browns QBs, lost.

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Who will step up for the Vikings?

The Vikings have gotten only six 100-yard rushing games from a back other than Adrian Peterson since he was drafted. Jerick McKinnon did so twice in 2014, while Matt Asiata did it once in 2013.

Should you drop Adrian Peterson? (1:51)

Team Stats

Passing Yards245.019th
Rushing Yards47.532nd
Points For21.017th
Points Against15.0Tied-4th

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