Purple Rumor Mill: Week 1 Schedule Leak, Early Bye Week, TretterMania

Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith. Syndication: NorthJersey.

VikingsTerritory‘s Purple Rumor Mill is a two-day chronicle each week. All the week’s rumors are lassoed and plopped in two spots — articles on Saturday and Sunday — for review. Today is the May 7th edition.

Remember — rumors are rumors. What you read on weekends in these pieces is what the world is talking about pertaining to the Vikings, not necessarily items that will come to fruition.


Rumor: The Vikings will host the New York Giants in Week 1.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones. Syndication: NorthJersey.

We’re going to dance a little here.

First, the rumor came from here:

One must be careful with accounts like these. However, the substantiation on the Vikings-Giants in Week 1 rumor seems to be there. We believe this one will come to fruition.

Yet, our “this is probably right” feeling is based on a 60/40 vibe from sources. So, then what? The Vikings will most likely host the Giants on September 11th.

Rumor: Minnesota will have an early bye week because of the London game in Week 4.

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The Vikings are extremely likely to have a Week 5 bye week, as 21 of the last 22 NFL teams to play in London had a bye week immediately after their journey across the Atlantic.

The lone exception was last year when the Dolphins, upon returning from England, had a bye week later in the season.

If you’re calculating bye weeks, it’s a semi-safe bet to pencil in the Vikings for Week 5.

Rumor: JC Tretter will eventually sign with the 2022 Vikings

Nick Chubb and JC Tretter. Syndication: Akron Beacon Journal.

JC Tretter’s father, Joe, has been engaging Vikings fans like a fiend on Twitter, fueling the fire his son will join the purple team. Yes, even the “Twitter likes.”

If Tretter is healthy — there are questions about his knees — the possibility is strong he anchors the middle of the Vikings offensive line in 2022. He was coworkers with Kwesi Adofo-Mensah in Cleveland, and those ties in sports matter.

This one is not a longshot; it is a coinflip.


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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