Week 10 - vs. New Orleans Saints
Starting to see the theme here? The Saints are a borderline playoff team. It wouldn't be surprising to see them win the NFC South this season, but it also wouldn't shock anyone if they missed the playoffs altogether.
New Orleans' offense will eventually click with Derek Carr at quarterback, and by the time they come to Minneapolis, will the Vikings' defense be able to keep up?
The last time Saints running back Alvin Kamara faced Minnesota, he ran all over the Vikings' defense for 155 yards and six touchdowns. If Kamara can replicate even half of that performance, then the Vikings are in for a long day.
Prediction: Vikings lose (1-9)
Week 11 - at Denver Broncos (Sunday Night Football)
In a battle between two of the more prominent teams in the Caleb Williams sweepstakes, this feels like the game on Minnesota's remaining schedule with the best chance for the Vikings to win. Denver is really bad, and Sean Payton is coaching worse than Nathaniel Hackett did with the Broncos in 2022.
Denver may look completely different by the time the deadline passes, as it's been speculated that the team may be open to moving almost everyone on their roster for the right price. This is setting up perfectly for a Hall primetime masterclass.
This game should be one where both sides of the ball play a complete game, and the Vikings are able to come away with a great win.
Prediction: Vikings win (2-9)