Minnesota Vikings: 2013 Game-By-Game Predictions
Week 9: November 3rd @ Dallas Cowboys
Coming off two losses in a row, Minnesota will be eager to try and add another check in the win column.
Unfortunately, they might have to wait another few days. Dez Bryant had a breakout season last year, and Jason Witten is about as reliable as anyone could hope.
Minnesota's young secondary might have a hard time keeping up with Dallas in this one.
Dallas wins 21-14
Week 10: November 7th vs Washington Redskins
One of the premier plays from last season came late in the Minnesota/Washington matchup, with Robert Griffin III taking off around the left end for an enormous 76-yard romp that put a dagger in the Vikings' heart. You can believe that playing on Thursday Night, Peterson and Co. want some revenge.
Minnesota wins 31-24
Week 11: November 17th @ Seattle Seahawks
With an added wrinkle to this already intriguing match-up, Percy Harvin should be just about ready to return to the Hawks lineup after he undergoes hip surgery in the next few days. Even if Harvin isn't in the lineup on Sunday, Seattle is as tough a place to win as any. The Hawks will get up for this one, and notch a victory over Minnesota.
Seattle wins 34-14
Week 12: November 24th @ Green Bay Packers
The Packers will be the first divisional opponent that Christian Ponder will get to see twice, however, I don't think it will make much difference here. Even with a young receiving corps in James Jones and Jordy Nelson, Rodgers will takedown Minnesota for what will be the third time in a row.
Green Bay wins 35-24
Week 13: December 1st vs Chicago Bears
After seeing Green Bay, the Vikes will follow it up with the second tilt against Jay Cutler and the Bears. With their projected record being 5-6 at this point, Minnesota knows this game is a must-win.
The Vikings wide receivers will be totally in sync at this point, at least, head coach Leslie Frazier hopes they will, and they will give the usually on-point Bears secondary some trouble.
Minnesota wins 24-21
Week 14: December 8th @ Baltimore Ravens
Ahhh, the Battle of the Purple Shirts, the Vikings have to travel to Baltimore to take on the defending champs in what could be a snowy field in early December. Even with all their losses, I don't think Ponder will do enough to get it done.
Baltimore wins 17-10
Week 15: December 15th vs Philadelphia Eagles
As excited as some people are to see what Chip Kelly can do with the struggling Philadelphia Eagles, I just don't see it being as successful as it could be. With the season dwindling down, I think Kelly might start to tinker with the line-up and see what he's going to change for 2014, when the Eagles could actually very well be reborn. This of course, bodes well for Minnesota.
Minnesota wins 28-14
Week 16: December 22nd @ Cincinnati Bengales
The Bengals could be playing for their season in week 16, especially in the tough AFC North. The Vikings could be hanging on to a wild card spot.
The Bengals have the edge playing at home, and this far into the season, there's no telling what impact injuries could have on this matchup. With the Orange and Black at home, the edge goes to Cincy.
Cincinnati wins 24-21
Week 17: December 29th vs Detroit Lions
With a full 16 weeks inbetween their games, the Vikings and Lions will be eager to settle the score regardless of the Week 1 result. If Minnesota still has a shot at making the playoffs, the Lions will be playing to spoil it, and the same goes vice-versa. This ones really up in the air, but Minnesota has been playing well at home.
Minnesota wins 24-23
There's no shame in an 8-8 season, but the Vikings' management and staff will have to seriously reevaluate who deserves to be taking the snaps for Minny. With an 8-8 record, getting a top QB like Teddy Bridgewater will be near impossible, so a move might have to be made in the off-season to inspire some competition.
Who knows, maybe Matt Cassel will surprise some people?