The Panthers are doing Panther things in the first half, and now can only hope that they don’t do Panther things with a lead.
The Panthers are up 14-3 over the Vikings at halftime, with a pair of dominant, clock-killing touchdown drives. The Panthers scored on drives of 15 and 14 plays, chewing up 18:24 of the clock in the first half while out-rushing the Vikings 84-34.
The Panthers were willing to go for a pair of fourth downs early, while the Vikings settled for a field goal just before halftime, drawing some boos from the home crowd.
Of course, the Panthers are no stranger to giving up leads, so we’ll see. But they’ve picked off Matt Cassel and kept Adrian Peterson from being much of a factor (seven carries, 28 yards) so far.