The VikingsTerritory collective staff prediction for Vikings at Bears is ready.

The Vikings can achieve a 13-win season this weekend for the first the third time in franchise history (1998, 2017). Minnesota teams from the 1970s had better win percentages than the 2022 Vikings, but beating the Bears would indeed ensure 13 wins a regular season for the third time.

The Packers are 3-13 through 17 weeks and totally eliminated long ago from any playoff contention. The Vikings, 12-4, fumbled an opportunity in Week 17 to hang onto the NFC’s No. 2 playoff seed and virtually eliminate the Packers from contention. No luck.

The writers at VikingsTerritory predict the Vikings will win their 13th game of 2022.

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Oct 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) runs with the ball against the Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

The group unanimously picked the Vikings, evidently confident that Nathan Peterman and his pals will not knock off the Vikings starters.

Our Official Staff Prediction for Vikings at Bears

Here’s how the panel sees the score for Week 18:

Dustin Baker: Vikings Win, 24-12
Janik Eckardt: Vikings Win, 28-9
Josh Frey: Vikings Win, 27-10
Will Goodwin: Vikings Win, 31-10
Kyle Joudry: Vikings Win, 25-13
Adam New: Vikings Win, 31-16
Ted Schwerzler: Vikings Win, 35-10
Ali Siddiqui: Vikings Win, 23-17
Cole Smith: Vikings Win, 13-12

Mathematically en masse, we predict the Vikings top the Bears by a score of 26-12.

Bears Choose Starting
Dec 18, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, Chicago Bears quarterback Nathan Peterman. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports.

Here are the season standings for our writers’ predictions:

Dustin Baker: 14-2
Adam New: 14-2
Sean Borman: 13-3
Josh Frey: 13-3
Will Goodwin: 12-4
Ted Schwerzler: 12-4
Ali Siddiqui: 12-4
Janik Eckardt: 11-5
Cole Smith: 11-5
Kyle Joudry: 9-7

Last week, Adam New most accurately picked the outcome. He predicted the Vikings to lose by 10. Green Bay won by 24.

The Vikings are currently 7.5-point favorites to defeat the Bears in Week 18. Minnesota hasn’t finished the regular season with a game at Chicago since 1971.

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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