Game by Game Analysis of Vikings NFL Total Season Wins

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:44 AM GMT

Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014 6:44 AM GMT

Minnesota Vikings have a new coach, made over defense and a so-so NFL schedule, all of which could lead to a much better 2014 seasonal output. How much better though remains to be seen. Here’s a breakdown of the Vikings’ schedule, complete with NFL betting predictions for every game.

Vanquished Vikings to Rise in 2014?
Minnesota Vikings enjoyed a forgettable 2013 season, finishing in the NFC North cellar with a 5-10-1 record, which included an encouraging 5-3 mark at home but an atrocious 0-7-1 record on the road. That inability to win on the road was at the heart of their problems, most of which NFL experts expect to spill forth into this season. Heck, NFL schedulers have deemed Vikings as not worth good TV time – they’ve set just one game for prime time and 14 games to early starts – and the NFL odds markets have chalked the line at 6.5 with the Under favoured at -140. 

Are the Vikings going to be really that bad? Well, maybe not. They do have a brutal start to the season, but the load does get lighter down the stretch, so there’s room for cautious optimism.

 

Week 1 @ St. Louis Rams
St Louis finished on a decent 7-9 record in 2013 but it wasn’t enough in a brutal NFC West Division where they finished bottom of the pile. The Rams menacing front four have built a reputation for ramming the opposition, wrecking unbelievable havoc on any quarterback. That could be a problem for the Vikings, especially with the quarterback situation still up in the air – it boils down to Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder.
NFL Pick: Loss

 

Week 2 vs. New England Patriots
It’s Tom Brady and the Patriots visiting Minnesota, need one say more? It would be overly optimistic to assume all the changes Vikings have made during the offseason – from coaching to defense and addressing secondary issues and quarterbacking – set them up for an upset win at home. Brady would have to have a terrible day or Vikings play lights out. Improbable when you think about it.
NFL Pick: Loss

 

Week 3 @ New Orleans Saints
It’s the Superdome, one of the most intimidating fields in the league. What’s more, the Saints went 8-0 last season at home and for good reason. Vikings improved defense will be sorely tested by Drew Brees and his high-octane offense. This could be a mismatch of huge proportions.
NFL Pick: Loss

 

Week 4 vs. Atlanta Falcons
Everybody expects the Falcons to be better than their 4-12 mark last season. Nobody expects the Vikings to be better than their 5-10-1 mark last season. Something is going to have to give here and with the Vikings hosting the Falcons, it should be enough of an advantage to capitalise on.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 5 @ Green Bay Packers
Last season’s 26-26 overtime time with the Packers is the talk of NFL circles. It was a missed opportunity by the Vikings to take a big win at the expense of the Packers (sans Rodgers) on the road. This time around, it probably won’t be so close.
NFL Pick: Loss

 

Week 6 vs. Detroit Lions
Last season, the Vikings beat the Lions on the final day of the regular season 14-13 in order to split the divisional series. Last season the Lions enjoyed a 4-2 divisional mark, slightly better than Packers divisional mark at 3-2-1. The Lions present a tough obstacle but Vikings should make home advantage count here.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 7 @ Buffalo Bills
It’s a road game and that could be a problem for the Vikings since they didn’t win any on the road last season. That said it’s still a winnable game on paper. Bills ranked 28th in opposing rushing yards, something Adrian Peterson and the Vikings offense should attack ruthlessly. Bills have made improvements in the offseason (who doesn’t really), but perhaps not enough to handle a rushing offense.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 8 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
To all intents and purposes, this game is a bit of a tossup. Vikings struggled on the road last season and that trend could continue this season as well, particularly with the quarterback situation still up in the air. They could give the Bucs a run for their money in Tampa, but it’s more likely the Bucs win at home.
NFL Pick: Loss

Week 9 vs. Washington Redskins
Last season, the Vikings beat the Redskins 34-27 with Adrian Peterson running for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Defense harassed RGIII into three straight incompletions down the business end to hold on to the victory. Taking a page from that result, the Vikings have a good shot to repeat.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 10: Bye

 

Week 11 @ Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears and Jay Cutler have high hopes for the season, all the while NFL experts and pundits remain skeptical. Some have Cutler on tap for MVP this season while others question whether he’ll ever fulfil expectations. It doesn’t help matters when his “dad van” grabs more attention than his actual output in training camp. If Cutler does have a standout season, this game swings Chicago’s way. If not, it could go the way of the Vikings. In 2013, the pair split the series with each winning at home; however, both games were close.
NFL Pick: Loss

 

Week 12 vs. Green Bay Packers
If Aaron Rodgers stays healthy through the 2014 season he’ll be tough to beat in Minnesota with his high-octane offense. Vikings offense could rise to the challenge and make this an interesting shootout, but defensive issues could be their undoing.
NFL Pick: Loss

 

Week 13 vs. Carolina Panthers
Everything hinges on Cam Newton’s form. The star quarterback is coming off an ankle injury so it remains to be seen how ready he’ll be for the upcoming season and whether he’ll even remain fit up to this point. Last season, with Newton in full-flight, the Panthers trounced the Vikings 35-10 in week 6, a defeat that sparked a four-game losing stretch for the Vikings. This time around, they clash in Week 14. That could be an advantage for Minnesota.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 14 vs. New York Jets
The Jets and Vikings collide during a short week for the visitors, having a date with the Dolphins on Monday before their date with the Vikings on Sunday –an early start to boot as well. There’s a lot of upside for the Jets this season but the tight schedule might play in favour of the hosts. Then again there’s always a game that defies reason. This could be such a game.
NFL Pick: Loss

 

Week 15 @ Detroit Lions
The Vikings and Lions split the series last season with the Lions winning 34-24 in at home week 1 and the Vikings winning 14-13 in week 17 at home. Expect much of the same here.
NFL Pick: Loss

 

Week 16 @ Miami Dolphins
Dolphins are coming off a disappointing season, marred by controversy and strife on and off the field. What’s more, defense doesn’t appear to be up to scratch. Adrian Peterson-inspired offense could ride roughshod over the Dolphins.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 17 vs. Chicago Bears
The Bears and Vikings close a potentially (according to our predictions that is) disappointing season for both camps. Despite a forgettable season and a revolving door on the quarterback front, Vikings still managed to pull off five home wins. They have the home advantage here, which could be deciding.
NFL Pick: Win

 

NFL Betting Verdict
According to our game-by-game analysis, we have the Minnesota Vikings finishing the season on the back of a 7-9 mark, which could see them out of the NFC North cellars this season. If our prediction holds true in most cases, taking the Over 6.5 at +110 on your NFL picks would prove the savvy move. It’s worth repeating, odds makers think otherwise with the Under fancied at -140. 

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