Our Staff Prediction for Vikings at Bills

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The VikingsTerritory collective staff prediction for the Minnesota Vikings date with the Buffalo Bills is ready — and it accounts for either scenario involving Josh Allen or Case Keenum.

The Vikings can hit an 8-1 record this weekend for the first time since 2009. The franchise has started with an 8-1 record four times — in 1969, 1970, 1998, and 2009. Minnesota is 8-6 (.571) all-time versus Buffalo.

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The Bills are 6-2 through nine weeks, trying to keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs for homefield advantage in the postseason. The mystery shrouding Josh Allen’s availability — he’s got a bad elbow — has dominated the Bills-Vikings storylines.

Accordingly, we’ve concocted predictions for both scenarios, facing Allen or Keenum.

The writers at VikingsTerritory predict the Vikings will win their eighth game of 2022 if Case Keenum plays but a loss if Allen starts.

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Most of our contributors expect the Bills QB1 to solely determine a Vikings win or loss.

Here’s how the panel sees the score for Week 10:
With Josh Allen in the lineup

Dustin Baker: Bills Win, 35-24
Sean Borman: Bills Win, 26-16
Dominique Clare: Vikings Win, 21-17
Janik Eckardt: Bills Win, 30-24
Josh Frey: Bills Win, 27-20
Will Goodwin: Bills Win, 31-20
Kyle Joudry: Bills Win, 33-20
Mitch Massman: Bills Win, 31-17
Adam New: Vikings Win, 24-20
Ted Schwerzler: Bills Win, 34-17
Ali Siddiqui: Bills Win, 34-20
Cole Smith: Bills Win, 31-27

Here’s how the panel sees the score for Week 10:
With Case Keenum in the lineup

Dustin Baker: Bills Win, 27-20
Sean Borman: Bills Win, 21-16
Dominique Clare: Vikings Win, 21-17
Janik Eckardt: Vikings Win, 24-23
Josh Frey: Vikings Win, 24-20
Will Goodwin: Vikings Win, 27-24
Kyle Joudry: Bills Win, 24-20
Mitch Massman: Vikings Win, 24-20
Adam New: Vikings Win, 24-20
Ted Schwerzler: Vikings Win, 24-21
Ali Siddiqui: Bills Win, 26-24
Cole Smith: Vikings Win, 31-24

Mathematically en masse, we predict the Bills top the Vikings by a score of 29-21 if Josh Allen starts. On the other hand, we predict the Vikings win by a score of 23-22 if Case Keenum is at QB1.

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Here are the season standings for our writers’ predictions:

Dustin Baker: 8-0
Will Goodwin: 8-0
Mitch Massman: 8-0
Adam New: 8-0
Sean Borman: 7-1
Dominique Clare: 7-1
Janik Eckardt: 7-1
Josh Frey: 7-1
Ted Schwerzler: 7-1
Ali Siddiqui: 7-1
Cole Smith: 7-1
Kyle Joudry: 5-3

Last week, Sean Borman most accurately picked the outcome. Borman chose the Vikings by three. The Vikings indeed won by three.

The Vikings are currently 3.5-point underdogs to defeat the Bills in Week 10. Minnesota last won a game in Buffalo in 1997.

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).