Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers Player Props (10/17/21)

The Carolina Panthers could very well be 5-0 right now. Two close losses to the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles have been disappointing for the team, but I believe they’re better than their record. The Vikings, on the other hand, could very well be 1-4. The team’s only definitive win was a 30-17 takedown of the Seattle Seahawks, with plenty of close wins and losses along the way. When the two teams meet up this Sunday, let’s take a look at what to expect from some of the big player props.

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Sam Darnold Under 0.5 Interceptions

I want Sam Darnold to succeed. The quarterback got a bit of a raw deal during his time with the New York Jets. He’s in a much better situation in Carolina, with a team that’s suddenly built to win. Darnold has put together some great performances this season, hitting over 300 yards in three games this season. However, he’s had a bit of an interception problem the past few weeks, tossing five in the last two games. I don’t think that trend will continue. I’m expecting him to keep the ball out of Minnesota’s hands this Sunday. The Vikings only have three picks on the season, and I don’t believe they’ll get another as Darnold rights the ship.

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Sam Darnold Over 10.5 Rushing Yards

When he needs to, Darnold can break away on some runs. He hasn’t been racking up yards like Lamar Jackson, but he’s been finding the end zone. The quarterback has five rushing touchdowns already, even leading the league before being beaten out by Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry. He is capable of putting up rushing yards, as seen with the matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. Darnold ran six times for 35 yards and two touchdowns. When a play breaks down against the Vikings, he’ll want to get some extra yardage when he can. Darnold is averaging 12.4 rushing yards a game this season.

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Robby Anderson Under 39.5 Receiving Yards

I’ve been a little disappointed in WR Robby Anderson this season. After a great 2020 with Teddy Bridgewater throwing him the ball, he simply hasn’t been gelling with Sam Darnold. Through five games, he’s only got 179 yards. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that D.J. Moore is the top dog in the passing game for the Carolina Panthers. Until he starts getting more looks, I’m fading the former Jets receiver.

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D.J. Moore Longest Reception Over 25.5 Yards

As I said, D.J. Moore has been tearing it up this year. The receiver has 440 yards on the young season, complete with three touchdowns. He’s becoming a top target for Sam Darnold, and I could see that chemistry continuing to grow. He’s also had some big catches on the year, as seen with his 27-, 29-, and 39-yard grabs throughout the season. The Vikings offense isn’t always easy to keep up with, so I’m expecting Darnold to lean heavily on Moore to try to pull out a win.

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Anthony Elio is a CU Boulder graduate with a degree in creative writing and advertising. He is the lead Industry Betting Writer at Lineups.com, where he has spent over a year covering industry news in sports betting, casino, and poker.

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