Our Staff Guide to Week 7 NFL Upsets

Our Staff's Guide to Week 7 NFL Upsets
September 18, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports.

The VikingsTerritory collective staff prediction for the Minnesota Vikings is null and void with the team’s bye week, but we do have upsets on the brain.

The Vikings can hit a 6-1 record next weekend for the first time since 2009, a season that nearly netted a Super Bowl appearance. Minnesota is 17-12 (.586) all-time versus the Arizona Cardinals, who they play in Week 8.

However, the Vikings are on a bye, so the VikingsTerritory writers are serving up upset-watch material.

The writers at VikingsTerritory will predict the Vikings-Cardinals outcome next week.

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Our contributors are all over the board for upset prognostications, and many wanted to pick the Jacksonville Jaguars over the New York Giants. But the Jaguars (2-4) are inexplicably favored to topple the Giants (5-1). Strange days.

Here’s how the panel sees upsets in Week 7.

Dustin Baker: Steelers over Dolphins, 24-21
Sean Borman: Giants over Jaguars, 28-24
Dominique Clare: Jets over Broncos, 20-17
Janik Eckardt: Browns over Ravens, 23-20
Josh Frey: Seahawks over Chargers, 28-24
Will Goodwin: Seahawks over Chargers, 24-21
Kyle Joudry: Lions over Cowboys, 33-26
Mitch Massman: Commanders over Packers, 24-21
Adam New: Giants over Jaguars, 28-20
Ted Schwerzler: Jets over Broncos, 20-15
Ali Siddiqui: 49ers over Chiefs, 27-23
Cole Smith: Colts over Titans, 24-20

Oct 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports.

Here are the season standings for our writers’ predictions:

Dustin Baker: 6-0
Josh Frey: 6-0
Will Goodwin: 6-0
Mitch Massman: 6-0
Adam New: 6-0
Sean Borman: 5-1
Janik Eckardt: 5-1
Ted Schwerzler: 5-1
Ali Siddiqui: 5-1
Cole Smith: 5-1
Kyle Joudry: 4-2

Adam New most accurately predicted the score of the Dolphins-Vikings showdown in Miami. He picked Minnesota to win 24-16. And that was precisely the score.

The Vikings are currently 6.5-point favorites to defeat the Cardinals in Week 8. Arizona is embroiled in turmoil, facing a must-win home game on Thursday Night Football in Week 7 before playing the Vikings. They take on the New Orleans Saints, and head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s job could be on the line.

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).