Forecasting the Vikings Record Through Their Bye Week

Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Brian Asamoah. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings have officially played three games in the 2022 season, and thus, they are halfway to their bye week. To commemorate the progress from the 2-1 Vikings, it felt appropriate to gather some of the contributors from the PurplePTSD and VikingsTerritory family to forecast the Vikings record going into their Week 7 bye. Many thanks to the writers who contributed to this think piece!

Josh Frey- Managing Editor for PurplePTSD (@Freyed_Chicken)

  • Week 4 @ New Orleans (London): Vikings Win (3-1)
  • Week 5 vs. Chicago: Vikings Win (4-1)
  • Week 6 @ Miami: Dolphins Win (4-2)

The Vikings may be left with a bad taste in their mouths after a trip to Miami prior to their bye week. That said, if it plays out this way, we should be very happy about a 4-2 record from this team given the quality of opponents they’ll play in the first six weeks of the season. Winning against the Saints and Bears keeps them on pace with the Packers for the NFC North, and that division crown should be the goal this year.

Kyle Joudry- Senior Editor for PurplePTSD and VikingsTerritory (@VikingsGazette)

  • Week 4 @ New Orleans (London): Vikings Win (3-1)
  • Week 5 vs. Chicago: Vikings Win (4-1)
  • Week 6 @ Miami: Dolphins Win (4-2)

Getting into the bye at 4-2 would be a win in my books. Minnesota ought to be the favorite for their next two games. Now, that doesn’t mean anything is guaranteed, but if things transpire as they should we’ll see the Vikings head into their Week 6 game with an impressive 4-1 record. Miami makes me nervous, mostly because they’ve got tons of speed at WR and some talent in their secondary. Let’s hope I’m wrong about Week 6.

LeeAnn Lowman- Contributor for PurplePTSD (@MinnesotaRandi)

  • Week 4 @ New Orleans (London): Vikings Win (3-1)
  • Week 5 vs. Chicago: Vikings Win (4-1)
  • Week 6 @ Miami: Dolphins Win (4-2)

Week 4 against the Saints in London is going to be a win, and not just because the Vikes have never lost in London but because the Saints are struggling to find an identity without Sean Payton.

Week 5 against the Bears will prove to be another W, the Bears aren’t the worst team in the NFL, but it is close, they are even ranked below the Steelers. The Vikings need to be careful, teams like this Bears unit are dangerous as they have nothing to lose.

Week 6 Minnesota travels to Miami and will take their second loss at the hands of Tua Tagovailoa and this powerful Dolphin offense, that is currently leading the AFC East after beating the unbeatable Bills in Week 3. The Vikings are well on their way to the playoffs with a solid start, heading into the bye they will be 4-2.

Cole Smith- Contributor for PurplePTSD (@SkolSmith)

  • Week 4 @ New Orleans (London): Vikings Win (3-1)
  • Week 5 vs. Chicago: Vikings Win (4-1)
  • Week 6 @ Miami: Dolphins Win (4-2)

The Vikings should be in for a couple of rebound games on the defensive side of the ball. Philly and Detroit moved the ball up and down the field, although they were relatively held in check points-wise. Still, the Andy Dalton-led Saints shouldn’t have enough offensive firepower to take advantage of what their defense can do to the Vikings.

The Bears are an underwhelming 2-1 team that is poised to be sent back to the basement of the NFL sooner than later. But the 3-0 Dolphins have the type of offense that could overwhelm the Vikings’ defense. How the Vikings offense responds to a true shootout is going to be a huge test, and one that could make a statement, win or lose, heading into the Week 7 bye.

Christian Stoinev- Contributor for PurplePTSD (@CAStoinev)

  • Week 4 @ New Orleans (London): Vikings Win (3-1)
  • Week 5 vs. Chicago: Vikings Win (4-1)
  • Week 6 @ Miami: Vikings Win (5-1)

Winning against any team in the NFL is tough, but keeping that in mind, if the Vikings are indeed a better and tougher group this year, beating them should be even tougher. It may seem overconfident to predict the Vikings to win their next three games, but I believe in this team. I think they are better than the Saints, Bears, and the up-and-coming Dolphins and fully expect them to come out of the next three weeks with a 5-1 record.

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

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