Our Staff Prediction for Patriots at Vikings
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.
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.
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).