Vikings takeaway No. 3
Minnesota had an actual rushing attack.
Last week was the first time this season that the Minnesota Vikings looked like they had any kind of run game. They doubled down on that strategy against the Panthers, running the ball 23 times compared to 19 passes.
The Vikings mostly used a rushing attack of Alexander Mattison and recently acquired rusher Cam Akers and were able to move the ball well against Carolina. The duo carried the ball 22 times for 126 yards but didn't get in the end zone.
Mattison averaged 5.6 yards per carry on his 17 attempts while Akers averaged eight yards per attempt on his five tries. These two running backs helped to keep the defense honest and give the team some tempo.
At this time, it is unknown if the Minnesota Vikings can continue this success on the ground or if this was only two weeks of solid running. It will definitely be something for fans to watch during the weeks to come.