Our Staff Prediction for Vikings at Commanders

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The VikingsTerritory collective staff prediction for the Minnesota Vikings date with the Washington Commanders is ready.

The Vikings can hit a 7-1 record this weekend for the first time since 2009. The franchise last started with a 7-1 record in 2009, 2000, and 1998 — all seasons ending with an NFC Championship loss. Minnesota is 14-13 (.518) all-time versus Washington.

The Commanders are 4-4 through eight weeks, experiencing a resurgence amid the last three weeks with Taylor Heinicke at the helm. The Vikings may face a Commanders team destined for a wildcard berth — or a team deficient of talent with a 7-10 end-of-season forecast. We shall see.

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

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All of our contributors picked Minnesota over Washington, evidently confident that the Vikings winning streak will continue with a grim Buffalo Bills game on the docket in Week 10.

Here’s how the panel sees the score for Week 9:

Dustin Baker: Vikings Win, 41-17
Sean Borman: Vikings Win, 27-24
Dominique Clare: Vikings Win, 42-31
Janik Eckardt: Vikings Win, 35-17
Josh Frey: Vikings Win, 28-17
Will Goodwin: Vikings Win, 30-16
Kyle Joudry: Vikings Win, 36-23
Mitch Massman: Vikings Win, 26-17
Adam New: Vikings Win, 31-17
Ted Schwerzler: Vikings Win, 28-17
Ali Siddiqui: Vikings Win, 24-20
Cole Smith: Vikings Win, 21-17

Mathematically en masse, we predict the Vikings top the Cardinals by a score of 34-21.

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Here are the season standings for our writers’ predictions:

Dustin Baker: 7-0
Will Goodwin: 7-0
Mitch Massman: 7-0
Adam New: 7-0
Sean Borman: 6-1
Dominique Clare: 6-1
Janik Eckardt: 6-1
Josh Frey: 6-1
Ted Schwerzler: 6-1
Ali Siddiqui: 6-1
Cole Smith: 6-1
Kyle Joudry: 4-3

Last week, Dustin Baker and Janik Eckardt most accurately picked the outcome. Baker chose the Vikings by seven, while Eckardt went with Minnesota by nine. The Vikings won by eight.

The Vikings are currently 3.5-point favorites to defeat the Commanders in Week 9. Minnesota has downed Washington six times in eight tries since 2010.

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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).