Vikings' game plan? 'Keep on hitting' Panthers QB Cam Newton, just like last year

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Griffen said that is particularly true on Newton's zone-read plays and other designed runs.

"You've got to hit him like he's a running back, and don't hit him like he's a quarterback because he's not protected then," Griffen said. "No cheap shots, you just hit him like he's a running back. You just hit him."

The Vikings have hit Newton a lot in recent seasons, with 12 sacks in the teams' last two meetings.

It will fall largely on the Panthers' offensive line to slow Minnesota's hit parade Sunday.

Right guard Andrew Norwell said the Vikings like to bring a steady stream of stunts and pressures. Five of the dozen hits or sacks on Newton last year came on blitzes.

Turner said watching video of that game reinforced that the line has a lot of room for improvement.


"Not really bad memories, just lessons. You never want to make the same mistake twice," Turner said. "This week we have an opportunity to go out and -- I don't really want to say rectify what happened last year -- but a chance to put that behind us."

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