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.
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.