Vikings vs Commanders staff preview and predictions

Could the Vikings improve to 7-1 on the season? That certainly seems likely at this point. The Vikings are currently 3.5-point favorites over the Washington Commanders per Tipico Sportsbook.

The game features two quarterback revenge stories, as Kirk Cousins returns to Washington for the first time and Taylor Heinicke makes his first start against his first NFL team.

The game itself should be a good one, as it kicks off at noon on Fox. We gave our preview and predictions for the game with Bryan Manning of Commanders Wire and all three of us are in agreement.


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Tyler Forness-Vikings Wire Managing Editor

Oct 30, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) reacts after a catch against the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Record: 7-1

The Vikings are primed to improve their record to 7-1 heading into a big matchup against the Buffalo Bills. The team is starting to find its groove and will be able to take advantage of a Commanders team that won’t have enough weapons to score enough against their defense.

Prediction: Vikings 27, Commanders 17

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Judd Zulgad-Vikings Wire Columnist

Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warms up prior to the game against the the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Record: 6-1

The Vikings continue to win games in close fashion with Kirk Cousins getting a victory in his first game in Washington since departing following the 2017 season.

Prediction: Vikings 21, Commanders 17

Bryan Manning-Commanders Wire Managing Editor

Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) spikes the ball after a game-tying touchdown Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, during a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Both teams are on winning stress. However, neither team is blowing anyone out. Everything is a one-score game. I would expect a similar outcome Sunday. Ultimately, I think Jefferson is the difference-maker in this one.

Prediction: Vikings 24, Commanders 20

Story originally appeared on Vikings Wire