Be Prepared: The Vikings Should Lose in the Next 2 Weeks

I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but the Minnesota Vikings should lose a game soon. The Vikings just upset the Buffalo Bills on the road in historic fashion. It was an outstanding game, and it should go down as the game of the year. After this historic upset, we all need to be prepared. A trip-up is likely coming.

This may not be shocking news, seeing as if the Vikings don’t lose another game, they’ll finish with a record 16-1. If that happens, we all owe Colin Cowherd an apology. However, I see the next loss coming in the next 2 weeks. Let’s take a look at the Vikings schedule.

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Why the Vikings Should Lose in Week 11

This upcoming Sunday, they face off against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Cowboys are coming off a loss against the Green Bay Packers, yet they are still favored this Sunday.

On the surface, it seems like a team that lost to a sub-.500 team should rarely be favored at home to someone who just beat the Super Bowl favorites, let alone on the road.

However, if you look throughout history, it’s tough to win games after such an emotional high such as the one Minnesota went through on Sunday. If you want an example just in Vikings history, everyone remembers that 2017 NFC Championship Game against Philadelphia after the Minneapolis Miracle.

Additionally, the Vikings are going through some serious injury troubles right now. Cam Dantzler remains on IR, and both LT Christian Darrisaw and CB Akayleb Evans left this past week’s game in concussion protocols. It’s unclear as of now whether or not they’ll be able to play this weekend.

Because of that, the Vikings may find trouble stopping a talented Cowboys receiver group, and they’ll have even more problems against Micah Parsons and the ferocious Cowboys pass rush. Coming off a long, hard-fought win, the Minnesota Vikings could very well come back down to earth against what should be a highly motivated Dallas Cowboys team.

Why the Vikings Should Lose in Week 12

If the Vikings find a way to beat the Dallas Cowboys at home, it’s almost certain that Thanksgiving Night against the New England Patriots will end in a loss. Minnesota will have stacked up multiple difficult games in a row at this point, and then they’ll be forced to come off a short week to play against Bill Belichick in primetime.

This feels like a recipe for disaster, especially if injuries continue to linger into this game. The Patriots had their bye in Week 10, and they head into Week 11 fresh off a blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts. This week, they take on the New York Jets, which should be a tough game, but likely doesn’t have the effects of the Bills and Cowboys in back-to-back weeks.

Additionally, Kirk Cousins has played against the New England Patriots twice in his career. In each of these games, his teams have lost by double digits and have only scored 10 points. In these two games, Cousins has passed for 418 yards, 2 TDs, and 3 INTs. It seems safe to say that he’s had his struggles against Belichick in his career.

Final Thoughts

While the Minnesota Vikings should lose at least one of their games in the next two weeks, it’s not necessarily a big deal. Minnesota has already proven that they are one of the best teams in this league with their seven-game winning streak.

One loss won’t derail what has, so far, been an extremely successful season for the Vikings. If we’re prepared for it to happen, it’ll hurt much less when it happens, too.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. He also earned minors in History, Human Biology, and Journalism. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys marathon training, playing video games, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his opinions, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.