Our Official Staff Prediction for Vikings at Panthers

Oct 17, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks to pass in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports.

The VikingsTerritory collective staff prediction for Vikings at Panthers is ready.

Minnesota lost in Week 3 to the Los Angeles Chargers, 28-24, a down-to-the-wire finish that once again broke against the Vikings favor.

Our Official Staff Prediction for Vikings at Panthers

The Panthers, like the Vikings, own an 0-3 record and enter Week 4 on Sunday with similar desperation stakes. Only six teams in NFL history have later reached the playoffs after starting a season 0-3. One team visited the postseason following an 0-4 start, the 1992 San Diego Chargers.

The writers at VikingsTerritory predict the Vikings will win their first game of the season.

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Sep 18, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) with a catch as New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) defends in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports.

Most of the group picked the Vikings to prevail, evidently confident that the Vikings can rebound on the road. Perhaps the committee is convinced Minnesota will solve its inconsistent ways.

Here’s how the panel sees the score for Week 4:

Dustin Baker: Vikings Win, 28-21
Sean Borman: Vikings Win, 27-17
Janik Eckardt: Vikings Win, 34-17
Josh Frey: Vikings Win, 30-27
Will Goodwin: Vikings Win, 31-16
Wes Johnson: Vikings Win, 34-24
Kyle Joudry: Vikings Win, 27-24
Adam New: Vikings Win, 27-20
Nate Powalie: Vikings Win, 31-13
Ted Schwerzler: Vikings Win, 31-17
Ali Siddiqui: Panthers Win, 24-20
Cole Smith: Vikings Win, 30-22

Mathematically en masse, we predict the Vikings will top the Panthers by a score of 29-20.

The Vikings Apparently Have a Great Offensive Line
Sep 24, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) under center against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

And our 2023 season standings for our writers’ predictions:

Dustin Baker: 1-2
Adam New: 1-2
Sean Borman: 1-2
Josh Frey: 1-2
Will Goodwin: 1-2
Ted Schwerzler: 1-2
Ali Siddiqui: 1-2
Cole Smith: 1-2
Nate Powalie: 1-2
Wes Johnson: 1-2
Janik Eckardt: 0-3
Kyle Joudry: 0-3

Sep 14, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. (7) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports.

Last week, Sean Borman most accurately predicted the Vikings outcome. He picked Minnesota to win by a single point. The Chargers won by four points.

The point spread currently favors the Vikings at Carolina by four points. All signs point to rookie passer Bryce Young getting his third career start after missing last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Minnesota has won four of its previous five meetings with Carolina.

Sep 10, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings fans reacts during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

Sporting News picked the Vikings to defeat the Panthers, too, and SN‘s Bill Bender explained with a 26-23 prediction, “While Stroud is thriving, Carolina might be without Young, who suffered an ankle injury in Week 2. Andy Dalton passed for 361 yards in Dalton’s place in Week 3, but it was an inefficient performance in a loss to Seattle. The Vikings have lost three one-score games despite the fact Kirk Cousins ranks third in the NFL in passer rating (108.2). Minnesota gets in the win column.”

The Vikings haven’t started a season with an 0-4 record since the Donovan McNabb year — 2011.

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 Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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