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Panthers dont fear NFC South despite bad
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. When it comes Daryl Johnston Jersey to respect for the NFC Souths other teams, the Carolina Panthers have none.So says an ex-Panthers player who keeps in close contact with some of his former teammates.Minnesota cornerback Captain Munnerlyn told Sporting News that the Panthers internally arent panicked after their 1-3 start. The reason is the belief that the division is still theirs for the taking even with Atlanta (3-1) having opened a two-game lead over Carolina, New Orleans (1-3) and Tampa Bay (1-3).Ive still got friends on the team and I still talk to those guys almost every week. They definitely are a confident group of guys, said Munnerlyn, who played with the Panthers from 2009 to 2013. I talked to [Pantherslinebacker] Thomas Davis and hes like, Its okay, man. Were going to be alright.They feel like their division is not that good. They feel like they still can win their division. They won it before at 7-8-1 (in 2014) so they feel like they have just got to punch their Kyle Wilber Jersey ticket.MORE: NFL Week 5 picks Do Panthers have reason to panic?The Vikings (4-0) knocked Carolina out of the NFC South lead in Week Three with a 24-10 road triumph. Minnesota entered as a seven-point underdog coming off the lo s of star running back Adrian Peterson to a knee injury the previous week against Green Bay. Sam Bradford also was making his first road start as Vikings quarterback and the Panthers held the NFLs longest active home winning streak at 14 games.The Panthers jumped to a 10-0 lead before being shut down by a Vikings defense that logged eight sacks of quarterback Cam Newton, including one for a safety that sparked the comeback. Minnesotas offense gained only 211 net yards but Bradford threw for one touchdown and the Vikings produced points on special teams with a 54-yard punt return for a score by Marcus Sherels along with two Blair Walsh field goals.The Vikings also didnt beat themselves. Minnesota was turnover-free while Newton threw three interceptions in a game for the first time since Week Seven of last season against Philadelphia.MORE: NFL Week 5 Power Rankings How low do Panthers go?Munnerlyn admits beating Carolina held extra significance to him personally as well as his Vikings teammates. Munnerlyn, who still owns a home in Charlotte, says he now has bragging rights for the whole offseason.Munnerlyn also said the victory reaffirmed Minnesotas status as a legitimate Super Bowl contender.It was huge, Munnerlyn said earlier this week at Vikings headquarters. It was definitely a confidence booster.Munnerlyn believes Carolinas inability Taco Charlton Jersey to rally after falling behind exposed the same flaw that Denver capitalized upon last season when jumping to a 10-0 lead en route to winning Super Bowl 50.MARVEZ: Munnerlyn showed no panic when Teddy fell to injuryWhen we took the lead I know those guys. I knew it was over, Munnerlyn said. Ive been in that locker room before so I knew. Those guys really dont play well when they are down.The Vikings and Panthers may very well meet again this season in the playoffs. Munnerlyn, though, isnt pining for a rematch Jonathan Cooper Jersey .They know theyve got a lot of work to do, he said. I wish those guys the best. But hey, I dont care what they do. They can lose every game from now on.Alex Marvez can be heard on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 7 to 11 p.m. ET Friday, 8 to 11 a.m. ET Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon ET Sunday.

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