Vikings Will Have To Hell Through With Season On The Line

September 29, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) is tackling the Minnesota Vikings by Dalvin Cook. Compulsory Credit: David Banks – USA Today Sports.

2022 The Minnesota Vikings travel to the NFL’s 13th-easiest timeline against opponents’ 2021 wins and losses, but Dockett’s tail end is not friendly.

NFL on Thursday night [finally] Has released the 2022 schedule and the Vikings have launched a home campaign against the Green Bay Packers. Here is the complete schedule with date and week:

  • 9/11 – Green Bay Packers (W1)
  • 9/19 – In the Philadelphia Eagles (MNF) (W2)
  • 9/25 – Detroit Lions (W3)
  • 10/2 – At the New Orleans Saints (London) (W4)
  • 10/9 – Chicago Bears (W5)
  • 10/16 – Miami Dolphins (W6)
  • Week 7: Goodbye
  • 10/30 – Arizona Cardinals (W8)
  • 11/6 – At Washington Commander (W9)
  • 11/13 – Buffalo Bill (W10)
  • 11/20 – Dallas Cowboys (W11)
  • 11/24 – New England Patriots (Thanks) (W12)
  • 12/4 – New York Jets (W13)
  • 12/11 – At the Detroit Lions (W14)
  • 12/17 or 12/18 – Indianapolis Colts (W15)
  • 12/24 – New York Giants (Christmas Eve) (W16)
  • 1/1/23 – At Green Bay Packers (New Year’s Day) (W17)
  • 1/8/23 – At the Chicago Bears (W18)

The 2021 schedule, at this point in last year’s calendar, looked significantly more formidable than this year. And that’s mainly because Minnesota has nine home games, seven road games and a neutral site showdown in Europe in 2022 with the Saints.

For better or for worse, the Vikings’ final two games are hellish – the two bitter rivals of the organization on the street.

Aaron Rogers and DJ One
November 1, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers (12) hit the defensive end of the Minnesota Vikings by DJ Wanam. Compulsory Credit: Dan Powers / Appleton Post-Crescent via USA Today Network.

Since 2010, the Vikings have been 7-16-2 (.320) at Lambeau Field and Soldier Field. For an otherwise strong franchise in the Vikings, winning one of the three trials at those venues is a bad habit.

The 7-16-2 record is thanks to three of former head coaches, Brad Childress, Leslie Frazier and Mike Zimmer. Now, though, Minnesota has hired Kevin O’Connell from the Los Angeles Rams to encourage the team from the recent moderation. The Vikings were considered a defensive force from 2015 to 2019, but after that, Zimmer’s defense expired and the team accordingly settled for a 15-18 record in the last two seasons.

Insert O’Connell – who could finish his first voyage on the road to a place where the Vikings historically fought.

Thanks to O’Connell, the Vikings have won three of the last four games at that stadium. And a loss occurred in January when quarterback Kirk missed out on coronavirus competition with cousin packers. So, of late, the Vikings have made an upward trend in this regard.

Snap response after the Packers-Vikings
January 2, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Rushan Gary, 52, has fired Minnesota Vikings quarterback Shawn Manion. Compulsory Credit: Benny Sue-USA Today Sports.

Still, Minnesota will tread through hell – especially if it’s in the playoffs – to end the 2022 campaign.

Plus, the road twosome is unprecedented. The Vikings did not end a season with back-to-back road games against the Packers and the Bears.

A new era, really.


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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