Our Staff Prediction for Vikings at Saints

Our Staff Prediction for Vikings at Saints
Oct 28, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) runs with the ball in the third quarter against Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

The VikingsTerritory collective staff prediction for the Minnesota Vikings date with the New Orleans Saints is ready.

The Vikings can hit a 3-1 record for the first time since 2012, although the team was 4-0 after four weeks in 2016. New Orleans is 13-23 all-time versus Minnesota, scoring the major victory in the 2009 NFC Championship and kickstarting a mini-rivalry since. The Vikings have beaten the Saints in the playoffs twice, in 2017 and 2019, following the 2009 title game.

The writers at VikingsTerritory predict the Vikings will win their third game of 2022.

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Jan 5, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. Mandatory Credit: Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports.

All of our contributors picked Minnesota over New Orleans, evidently not fazed by the Saints defense, offensive playmakers, or need for a win to remain relevant in the playoff hunt.

Here’s how the panel sees the score for Week 4:

Dustin Baker: Vikings Win, 24-21
Sean Borman: Vikings Win, 24-23
Janik Eckardt: Vikings Win, 30-17
Josh Frey: Vikings Win, 21-17
Will Goodwin: Vikings Win, 23-17
Kyle Joudry: Vikings Win, 33-18
Mitch Massman: Vikings Win, 23-20
Adam New: Vikings Win, 30-13
Ted Schwerzler: Vikings Win, 24-14
Ali Siddiqui: Vikings Win, 27-20
Cole Smith: Vikings Win, 20-10

Mathematically en masse, we predict the Vikings top the Saints by a score of 25-17.

Saints Helmet
Image from @FieldYates on Twitter.

Here are the season standings for our writers’ predictions:

Dustin Baker: 3-0
Sean Borman: 3-0
Josh Frey: 3-0
Will Goodwin: 3-0
Mitch Massman: 3-0
Adam New: 3-0
Janik Eckardt: 2-1
Ted Schwerzler: 2-1
Ali Siddiqui: 2-1
Cole Smith: 2-1
Kyle Joudry: 1-2

Cole Smith most accurately predicted the score of the last game as he chose the Vikings to win by 4. And the Vikings won by precisely that much.

The Vikings are currently 2.5-point favorites to defeat the Saints in England on Sunday. New Orleans slaughtered Minnesota the last time that the two teams met — on Christmas Day 2020. The Saints tabulated 7 rushing touchdowns, and most teams win when that happens.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).