Our Staff Prediction for Vikings at Lions

Our Staff Prediction for Vikings at Lions
Sep 25, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

The VikingsTerritory collective staff prediction for the Minnesota Vikings date with the Detroit Lions is ready.

The Vikings can hit an 11-2 record this weekend for the first time since 2009. The franchise has started with an 11-2 record or better on seven occasions — 1969, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1998, 2000, and 2009. Minnesota is 80-40-2 (.663) all-time versus Detroit.

The Lions are 5-7 through 13 weeks, eliminated from the NFC North race but maintaining a teensy chance at the playoffs. The Vikings, at 10-2, have won two consecutive games after a humbling beatdown by the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11.

The writers at VikingsTerritory predict the Vikings will win their 11th game of 2022.

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Most of our contributors picked Minnesota over Detroit, evidently confident that the Lions four wins in the last five games are a mirage.

Here’s how the panel sees the score for Week 14:

Dustin Baker: Lions Win, 30-27
Sean Borman: Lions Win, 28-27
Dominique Clare: Vikings Win, 40-23
Janik Eckardt: Vikings Win, 34-26
Josh Frey: Lions Win, 28-24
Will Goodwin: Vikings Win, 37-34
Kyle Joudry: Vikings Win, 28-27
Mitch Massman: Vikings Win, 34-27
Adam New: Vikings Win, 33-30
Ted Schwerzler: Vikings Win, 21-20
Ali Siddiqui: Lions Win, 30-24
Cole Smith: Vikings Win, 37-27

Mathematically en masse, we predict the Vikings top the Lions by a score of 30-28.

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Here are the season standings for our writers’ predictions:

Adam New: 11-1
Dustin Baker: 10-2
Dominique Clare: 10-2
Sean Borman: 9-3
Janik Eckardt: 9-3
Josh Frey: 9-3
Will Goodwin: 9-3
Mitch Massman: 9-3
Ted Schwerzler: 9-3
Ali Siddiqui: 9-3
Cole Smith: 9-3
Kyle Joudry: 7-5

Last week, Massman most accurately picked the outcome. He predicted the Vikings by six. Minnesota won by five.

The Vikings are currently two-point underdogs to defeat the Lions in Week 14. Minnesota hasn’t lost back-to-back games in Detroit since 2013-2014.

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).