Our Staff Prediction for Patriots at Vikings

Our Staff Prediction for Patriots at Vikings
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The VikingsTerritory collective staff prediction for the Minnesota Vikings date with the New England Patriots is ready.

The Vikings can hit a 9-2 record this weekend for the first time since 2017. The franchise has started with a 9-2 record or better on nine occasions — 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1998, 2000, 2009, and 2017. Minnesota is 4-9 (.307) all-time versus New England.

The Patriots are 6-4 through 11 weeks, trying to keep pace with the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and New York Jets in the AFC East. The Vikings, at 8-2, were creamed by the Dallas Cowboys last weekend and must right the ship on Thanksgiving night.

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

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Most of our contributors picked Minnesota over New England, evidently confident the team will revitalize after a 37-point home loss.

Here’s how the panel sees the score for Week 12:

Dustin Baker: Vikings Win, 23-20
Sean Borman: Patriots Win, 28-26
Dominique Clare: Vikings Win, 20-6
Janik Eckardt: Vikings Win, 20-17
Josh Frey: Vikings Win, 24-13
Will Goodwin: Patriots Win, 19-16
Kyle Joudry: Patriots Win, 22-18
Mitch Massman: Patriots Win, 17-13
Adam New: Vikings Win, 17-13
Ted Schwerzler: Vikings Win, 21-13
Ali Siddiqui: Vikings Win, 23-17
Cole Smith: Vikings Win, 20-10

Mathematically en masse, we predict the Vikings top the Patriots by a score of 20-16.

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Here are the season standings for our writers’ predictions:

Adam New: 9-1
Dustin Baker: 8-2
Sean Borman: 8-2
Dominique Clare: 8-2
Will Goodwin: 8-2
Mitch Massman: 8-2
Janik Eckardt: 7-3
Josh Frey: 7-3
Ted Schwerzler: 7-3
Ali Siddiqui: 7-3
Cole Smith: 7-3
Kyle Joudry: 6-4

Last week, Kyle Joudry most accurately picked the outcome. He picked the Vikings to lose by three. The Cowboys won by 37.

The Vikings are currently three-point favorites to defeat the Patriots in Week 12. Teams led by Kirk Cousins are 5-0 in Week 12 home games, an odd stat to be sure.


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).