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Vikings vs. Panthers: Week 8 preview

The Minnesota Vikings (1-6) and the Carolina Panthers (2-5) aren't NFL world-beaters, but come Sunday, both teams will look to their promising rookie signal callers for a win.
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Vikings rookie Christian Ponder has already impressed and will face another dynamic rookie in Carolina's Cam Newton.

Despite Ponder being nearly a year older, CBS Sports sees the Vikings thrower as an heir apparent to Newton.

Both teams will be thinking seven, as in touchdowns. And the Bleacher Report is, too, with seven fixes Minnesota must make and Cam Newton's seven best moments so far.

The Vikings have been hampered all year due to injuries, not to mention Bernard Berrian's release and Chris Cook's legal issues. In a week full of unpleasantness, the injury report still lists Antoine Winfield and Percy Harvin as questionable. Offensive guard Anthony Herrera is likely out.

Without a road win, or a second win for that matter- it's no surprise Minnesota is a three-and-a-half point underdog going into Bank of America Stadium.

Kickoff is noon in Charlotte.

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