Revised Win-Loss Prediction, Irv Smith Limited, Cine’s Prognosis


Questions Answered: Revised Win-Loss Prediction, Irv Smith Limited, Cine's Prognosis
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Danielle Hunter (99) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. © MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL / USA TODAY NETWORK.

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the September 12th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to [email protected]

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.

Q: Care to revise your win-loss prediction after witnessing the Vikings win over the Packers?

Sep 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Nope.

Our prediction was 11-6, and we actually feel great about that on September 12th. The Vikings played wonderfully against the Packers, toppling their primary foe 23-7. It was the first time that the Vikings have defeated a Brett Favre- or Aaron Rodgers-led Packers team by more than 14 points since October of 2001. Twenty-one years ago.

Green Bay will bounce back, and the Vikings — more than ever — feel like an 11-6 team.

Q: Why was Irv Smith barely used on Sunday?

Oct 18, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Kevin O’Connell essentially said it was a “Johnny Mundt game.” Smith will be showcased more down the road, perhaps against the Philadephia Eagles on Monday night.

Listen, the O’Connell version of the Los Angeles Rams employed Tyler Higbee and Mundt in 2021 on the way to a Super Bowl victory. He doesn’t really need a game-busting tight end. So, Smith is more of a perk.

The Vikings will fold him in the offense. He’s too good to ignore. But against Green Bay, Mundt was evidently the better choice.

Q: Do we realistically expect Lewis Cine to start in Week 2?

Jul 27, 2022; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Lewis Cine (6) performs a drill at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

A: Yes, for now, Cine is trending to return in Week 2. His injury is not serious.

Meanwhile, Camryn Bynum showed why he’s a starter, tabulating the Vikings fifth-best grade on defense via Pro Football Focus. Cine can take his sweet time to acclimate to the NFL because Bynum is the real deal.

Cine will always be the plan for the post-Harrison Smith era. As evidenced by Sunday, Smith isn’t slowing down, and therefore, Minnesota is in great shape at safety.

But, in short, Cine should debut on Monday Night Football in Philadelphia.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).


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