Our Staff Prediction for Vikings at Dolphins

Our Staff Prediction for Vikings at Dolphins
Dec 16, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) is tackled by Miami Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

The VikingsTerritory collective staff prediction for the Minnesota Vikings date with the Miami Dolphins is ready.

The Vikings can hit a 5-1 record for the first time since 2016, a season that ended with a whimper. Minnesota is 5-8 (.384) all-time versus the Dolphins. In fact, Minnesota has only beaten the Dolphins once in Miami — 46 years ago.

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

Dec 16, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

All of our contributors picked Minnesota over Miami, evidently disbelieving rookie QB Skylar Thompson has enough oomph to get the job done. If Tua Tagovailoa or Teddy Bridgewater were on deck to play this Sunday, the panel would’ve had a significantly different prediction.

Here’s how the panel sees the score for Week 6:

Dustin Baker: Vikings Win, 27-23
Sean Borman: Vikings Win, 31-24
Janik Eckardt: Vikings Win, 21-20
Josh Frey: Vikings Win, 31-24
Will Goodwin: Vikings Win, 27-20
Kyle Joudry: Vikings Win, 31-21
Mitch Massman: Vikings Win, 31-20
Adam New: Vikings Win, 24-16
Ted Schwerzler: Vikings Win, 28-17
Ali Siddiqui: Vikings Win, 24-20
Cole Smith: Vikings Win, 35-10

Mathematically en masse, we predict the Vikings top the Dolphins by a score of 28-20.

Dolphins Name Starting QB vs. Vikings
Sep 18, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports.

Here are the season standings for our writers’ predictions:

Dustin Baker: 5-0
Josh Frey: 5-0
Will Goodwin: 5-0
Mitch Massman: 5-0
Adam New: 5-0
Sean Borman: 4-1
Janik Eckardt: 4-1
Ted Schwerzler: 4-1
Ali Siddiqui: 4-1
Cole Smith: 4-1
Kyle Joudry: 3-2

Mitch Massman most accurately predicted the score of the Vikings-Bears showdown in Minneapolis. He picked Minnesota to win by seven. And that’s what they did.

The Vikings are currently 3.5-point favorites to defeat the Dolphins on Sunday. Minnesota hasn’t lost a game to a team with a rookie quarterback at the helm since 2018, when Josh Allen did the thing against the Vikings. Rookie QB Skylar Thompson is expected to start in Week 6. The Vikings have won six straight games versus teams showcasing rookie quarterbacks.

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).