The Vikings say no to the general NFL trend

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Most NFL teams rest after a week of international play, recharge, and time for tactics before resuming play in the United States.

The 2022 Minnesota Vikings are not one of them.

The Vikings set out to date the New Orleans Saints in London in 4 weeks, a battle England is undefeated to date. In the 2013 and 2017 seasons, Minnesota won in London, where New Orleans beat the Los Angeles Chargers in 2008 and the Miami Dolphins in 2017. A team will continue this trend on October 2nd.

Before the 2022 schedule was announced, there were 21 byes in the last 22 teams that went to London the week after the England game. The only exception was the 2021 Dolphin, which pushes the season after two weeks.

This is clearly a trend because the Vikings have requested the same behavior for the upcoming season. Instead of a traditional 5 week bye, Minnesota says “no thanks” and will enjoy a 7 week bye.

According to Of Chris Thomson Pioneer PressVikings head coach Kevin O’Connell highlights the choice:

The Vikings don’t want a first-week flat-out. They are increasingly banned in the NFL.

Saints even parlayed the feeling in a bye seven weeks Later Taking time at Week 14, rather than the Vikings. Argument? It is best for players to take a season-long rest and heal from outside the gate. Depending on one’s perspective, games become more effective in November, December, and January, so it may be convenient to nurture players’ health and “take a break” before play-off seeding.

October 17, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Compulsory Credit: Nathan Ray Sibek-USA Today Sports.

Of course, the September and October games are just as important for wins and losses, but the speed factor is not as vibrant in the first two months of the season. Teams can clear their heads and recover from an injury at the end of the season to push for a last-minute playoff – that’s the mentality.

In the last 10 seasons, the Vikings have been 3-7 (.300) in straight games after two weeks.

Minnesota hosts Arizona after its 2022 departure.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to her daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. She Hosts a podcast With Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday Raun Sai And Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking Fandom dates back to 1996. Listed Criminal Pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (Band).

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