Questions Answered: Vikings-Patriots Prediction, Next Man up at CB, Playoff Matchup

Questions Answered: Vikings-Patriots Prediction, Next Man up at CB, Playoff Matchup
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Questions Answered: Vikings-Patriots Prediction, Next Man up at CB, Playoff Matchup

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the November 22nd edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.

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Q: How about a Vikings-Patriots prediction?

Questions Answered: Vikings-Patriots Prediction, Next Man up at CB, Playoff Matchup
Dec 6, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports.

A: We predict a Vikings rebound — in a squeaker, of course — and the team topples New England, 20-16.

Indeed, everyone is afraid of the Patriots defense — they should be — but New England isn’t constructed like Dallas on offense, nor anywhere close to it. The Vikings should be able to stifle the Patriots offensive advances while presumably focusing on offensive improvements after the horror film from Week 11.

We believe the Vikings are a good football team and not some 2016-like squad waiting to fall off the face of the earth. Accordingly, a home victory is in order, and Minnesota will edge New England.

Q: Where can the Vikings turn with CB injuries to Cameron Dantzler, Akayleb Evans, and Andrew Booth?

Aug 27, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Duke Shelley. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports.

A: The Duke. Who else?

The Vikings added Duke Shelley mere days before the regular season began, and unbeknownst to everyone, the man may start in Week 12. Thankfully, the Patriots WRs aren’t gangbusters, so “if there was ever a team” to trot out reservist corners, it’s New England.

Shelley played well against the Buffalo Bills and should get the nod if Dantzler, Evans, and Booth are unavailable. Otherwise, it’s Kris Boyd or a practice-squad member.

Q: Which teams near the #6 or #7 seed would you most like the Vikings to play in the first round of the playoffs?

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Jul 29, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell guards wide receiver Albert Wilson (25) during training camp at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

A: It doesn’t really matter, as we believe the Vikings can handle all current comers near the bottom of the NFC Playoff picture — New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Commanders, or Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons would probably be the easiest, but they are unlikely to make the dance. So, pull a name out of the hat, and let Minnesota have at that team. The Giants, Seahawks, and Commanders are all beatable in Round 1.

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 Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).