Minnesota Vikings Schedule Prediction, Pt. 3: The Purple Strikes Back
If things go as I predicted – an unlikely event – our Vikings will be sitting at a somewhat respectable 5-3 after eight games. Things began reasonably well, but back-to-back losses against Dallas and Baltimore has Minnesota in a tricky spot. In the third installment of TVG‘s Minnesota Vikings schedule prediction, we see our friends in purple strike back. As per usual, the full Vikings schedule is included below for your convenience.
Game #9: Nov. 14, 3:05 p.m., at Chargers
I’m higher on the Chargers than most. Justin Herbert did far better than I anticipated, Austin Ekeler is underrated, and the Keenan Allen/Mike Williams pair is similarly overlooked. I’m also nervous about how we’ll slow down Joey Bosa, and our old friend Linval Joseph is their nose tackle. Even still, I think Minnesota ought to win this game. It’s on the road, but the Chargers don’t really have fans. It’s likely that there’s more purple in the stands than charger-blue. Zim’s rebuilt defense is going to get the best of the promising sophomore QB.
Prediction: Vikings 31 – Chargers 21
Game #10: Nov. 21, Noon, Peckers
For the most part, people want to wait to see if Aaron “Voldemort” Rodgers plays before making too bold of a prediction for the Vikings. I understand the rationale. Last season, Green Bay was the superior team (and there’s really no debating it). I’m not convinced, though, that Rodgers makes the Packers better than Minnesota. Minnesota’s defense is going to be considerably better, so they’ll be well-equipped to face the challenge he presents. I happen to agree with Paul Bretl from Dairyland Express that Rodgers will be back; where I disagree is that Green Bay won’t be the division winner. I think Minnesota gets on a roll around mid-season.
Prediction: Vikings 24 – Peckers 20
Game #11: Nov. 28, 3:25 p.m., at 49ers
Jimmy G or Trey Lance. I’m not particularly intimidated by either, but perhaps the rookie will prove me wrong. After all, I was wrong about Herbert last year. Even humdrum QB play, though, is enough for SF’s offense to be scary. Kyle Shanahan knows what he’s doing: George Kittle is going to be a tough cover even for the NFL’s most underrated player, Eric Kendricks. Partner Kittle with Deebo, Aiyuk, and their do-it-all FB and you’ve got a difficult offense to contain. The solution? Well, a ball-control offense will help. We’ll need Dalvin Cook to get the best of Fred Warner. It’d also be wise to make SF as one-dimensional as possible, shutting down the run to make one of those two QBs win it. From there, it’s going to be about slowing their various receiving weapons, a task that’s easier said than done.
Prediction: 49ers 27 – Vikings 24
Game #12: Dec. 5, Noon, at Lions
I know I should respect the Knee-Biters more. They’re a divisional opponent and Jeremy Reisman of Pride of Detroit is right to suggest that Dan Campbell is bringing a different energy to that team (let us not forget the real lion). Nevertheless, I just can’t bring myself to actually see Detroit as a threat, even with the underrated talent on defense. I mean, Jared Goff is going to be throwing passes to Breshad Perriman, Quintez Cephus, and Tyrell Williams. Put simply, it’ll be embarrassing if we lose to them. Take the road team.
Prediction: Vikings 35 – Lions 17
Minnesota Vikings Schedule Prediction Recap: Minnesota sits at 8-4 after 12 games. The final five games – published next Saturday – present a real challenge.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on July 10, 2021.