Extremely early Vikings game-by-game 2021 record prediction

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Week 6

Carolina Panthers (Away)

  • Date: Sunday, October 17
  • Time: 12 p.m. CT
  • TV: FOX

The Panthers will be out for revenge in this contest after the Vikings escaped their 2020 matchup with a one-point victory.

But even with a different quarterback under center in Sam Darnold, the outcome will end up being the same for Carolina in this season’s showdown with Minnesota.

Prediction: Vikings win (5-1)

Week 7

  • Bye week

Week 8

Dallas Cowboys (Home)

  • Date: Sunday, October 31
  • Time: 7:20 p.m. CT
  • TV: NBC

With this being a big primetime matchup, don’t expect the extra week off to result in the Vikings coming out flat for this game against the Cowboys.

Dallas stole a win over Minnesota inside U.S. Bank Stadium last year and Mike Zimmer is going to make sure his former employer doesn’t do something similar again this time around.

Prediction: Vikings win (6-1)

Week 9

Baltimore Ravens (Away)

  • Date: Sunday, November 7
  • Time: 12 p.m. CT
  • TV: FOX

After a big primetime win over the Cowboys in Week 8, the Vikings will be brought back down to earth this week in a matchup against the Ravens and Lamar Jackson.

For whatever reason, Minnesota has consistently struggled against mobile quarterbacks during the majority of their existence. This will continue to be the case in this contest with Baltimore as the Vikings’ defense will have no answer for the lethal scrambling ability of Jackson.

Prediction: Vikings lose (6-2)

Week 10

Los Angeles Chargers (Away)

  • Date: Sunday, November 14
  • Time: 3:05 p.m. CT
  • TV: FOX

The last time Minnesota traveled to the west coast to take on the Chargers in 2019, the stands were filled with purple and gold.

Expect something similar to happen for this matchup as the Vikings will be looking to help Justin Jefferson prove why he should’ve been the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year instead of Los Angeles quarterback Justin Herbert.

Prediction: Vikings win (7-2)