Record-Breaking Return Not Enough: Panthers Lose to Vikings To Go 0-4 For The Season

Yesterday the Panthers suffered a 21-13 defeat against the Vikings, marking their fourth loss in a row this season. Despite showing glimpses of improvement, their offensive inconsistency proved detrimental, especially when in possession of the ball.

The Panthers could only muster 232 yards, which made their time of possession of 38:29 appear all the more disheartening. Bryce Young faced a tough time on the field, being sacked five times which resulted in a loss of 55 yards, and also lost possession due to a fumble. The team’s running game continued to struggle, accumulating a mere 83 yards from 31 attempts.

On a brighter note, Safety Sam Franklin Jr. scored the Panthers’ first points with a franchise-record 99-yard interception return for a touchdown. This beat out the previous record set by Julius Peppers back in 2004 with a 97-yard interception return.

In the rushing department, Chuba Hubbard led the way with 41 yards, while Miles Sanders managed only 19 yards on 14 carries. The Panthers’ defense did a commendable job in unsettling the Vikings’ quarterback Cousins, restricting him to 12 completions from 19 passes for a total of 139 yards.

In the rest of the NFC South, the Buccaneers advanced to a 3-1 record with a 26-9 victory over the Saints (now 2-2), and the Falcons (2-2) faced a 23-7 defeat in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Panthers are now sitting at the bottom of the division with an 0-4 record.

The Panthers will be on the road for the next two weeks, with a challenging matchup against the Detroit Lions (3-1) slated for the upcoming Sunday in Week 5.



Originally posted 2023-10-02 14:38:05.