After Part I and Part II of the Schedule Prediction, we at TVG have the Minnesota Vikings at 5-3. The third quarter may be the easiest on the schedule, but there’s a good chance the Vikings struggle in this stretch. (For a full regular season schedule, take a look here).
Week 10: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Monday, Nov. 16 @ 8:15 p.m.
The Vikings will have a tough time in Chicago, especially when coupled with the fact that the Vikings will have just finished divisional games against the Packers and Lions. This is also a Monday night game – a time slot where Kirk Cousins has struggled. In two road games against Chicago, Cousins has been underwhelming. His 2018 game (a must-win to make the playoffs) resulted in 132 passing yards and one lonely touchdown pass whereas his 2019 game resulted in 233 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Dalvin Cook had 11 carries for 39 yards in 2018; Cook had 14 carries for 35 yards in 2019.
Prediction: Bears 17 – Vikings 9
Week 11: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, Nov. 22 @ 4:25 p.m.
The Cowboys have elite talent on both sides of the ball. On offense, Dak Prescott has perhaps the best collection of skilled players in the league with Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper (who had 11 catches, 147 yards, and a TD in last season’s Minnesota game), Michael Gallup, and Ceedee Lamb. Their o-line is among the best in the NFL, and they have elite players on defense in DeMarcus Lawrence and Jaylon Smith (both are included in PFF’s recent edge rusher and LB rankings). The Vikings will lose a close one.
Prediction: Cowboys 30 – Vikings 24
Week 12: Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, Nov. 29 @ 1 p.m.
The Teddy Bridgewater game. Vikings fans still adore Teddy, and for good reason. He is a remarkably resilient, charming player. Vikings fans should be cheering for him every week except for this one. Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore will present some issues but expect Mike Zimmer to have some success by focusing on limiting McCaffrey. Cook should be able to run on these guys.
Prediction: Vikings 35 – Panthers 17
Week 13: Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, Dec. 6 @ 1 p.m.
Jacksonville is an absolute mess. The only real threat here is that the Vikings may fall into the trap. Week 14 has the Vikings playing Tom Brady’s Buccaneers before hosting the Bears in Week 15. If they look past the Jags, the Vikings may end up with a 2018 Buffalo Bills performance. Ultimately, the pressure falls on Mike Zimmer and his staff to prepare the Vikings for their current opponent. If Zimmer is successful, Gardner Minshew won’t have enough magic to beat the Vikings, even with some sneaky talent at receiver with D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook, and Chris Conley.
Prediction: Vikings 28 – Jaguars 15
Record After Opening Three Quarters of the Season: 7-5
The final Minnesota Vikings Schedule Prediction will appear next week. Stay tuned, folks.