Extremely early Vikings game-by-game 2019 record prediction

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Week 5

New York Giants (Away)

  • Date: Sunday, October 6
  • Time: 1 p.m. EST
  • TV: FOX

This might have been an intriguing matchup if the Giants didn’t trade away Odell Beckham Jr. and actually decided to replace Eli Manning under center this year. However, New York did trade Beckham and they have yet to find a replacement for Manning, so their chances for success in 2019 don’t seem very high.

The Vikings haven’t earned a road victory over the Giants since 2007, but it’s hard to imagine Minnesota not getting a win in this matchup next season. It feels like some crazy shenanigans would have to go down in order for New York and head coach Pat Shurmur to come out of this game with a win over Minnesota.

Prediction: Vikings win (4-1)

Week 6

Philadelphia Eagles (Home)

  • Date: Sunday, October 13
  • Time: 1 p.m. EST
  • TV: FOX

For the third straight season, the Vikings will be taking on the Eagles. Minnesota won last year’s matchup and we don’t need to go over the results of the other two contests.

Philadelphia does have a big divisional matchup on the road against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7, so the Vikings could catch the Eagles looking ahead. This figures to be a close game, so Minnesota should take any advantage they can get.

The last time Philadelphia played a game in U.S. Bank Stadium (Super Bowl 52), they put 41 points up on the scoreboard. The Eagles scoring that many points doesn’t seem very likely in this matchup though as the Vikings’ defense should prove to be the difference-maker in the end.

Prediction: Vikings win (5-1)