The 2022 Vikings and 18,360 Miles

The 2022 Vikings and 18,360 Miles

Had the Minnesota Vikings not accepted an invitation to play in London this October, the franchise would’ve showcased one of the smallest travel schedules in the NFL for 2022.

Led by new head coach Kevin O’Connell, the Vikings will travel 18,360 miles this season, the 14th-most in the league. Without London on the docket, Minnesota would’ve had about the 7th-lightest travel schedule.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted every team’s 2022 travel miles via Bookies.com. Here’s a look at the full list:

The Green Bay Packers will also travel to London, taking on the New York Giants. The Chicago Bears and Detriot Lions were not included in the International Series, so they won’t quite zigzag the planet like Minnesota and Green Bay.

Oct 17, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports.

Unbelievably, the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t leave the Eastern Time Zone in 2022, holding the tiniest travel itinerary of all 32 teams. Indeed, Mike Tomlin’s bunch won’t take on any road opponents from the NFC West, AFC West, or NFC North.

The Vikings are in a unique [and advantageous] spot for O’Connell’s first campaign according to the schedule. They have nine home games during his maiden head-coaching voyage, seven true road games, and one Londoner. Last year, for example, NFC teams played nine road games and eight home games as the NFL switched to a 17-game format for the first time in league history.

Vikings Now Have Schedule Release Date
Kevin O’Connell

The NFL will release the order of opponents for the Vikings (and other teams) this week, starting on Monday will ESPN’s games. Then, CBS and NBC will drop their networks’ games on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The whole thing will be announced on Thursday. The powers that be decided to make it a week-long spectacle.

These are the games are U.S. Bank Stadium:

Home Games

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Chicago Bears
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Detroit Lions
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • New England Patriots
  • New York Giants
  • New York Jets

And on the road:

Away Games

  • Buffalo Bills
  • Chicago Bears
  • Detroit Lions
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Washington Commanders

And, of course, the Vikings take on the Saints in London at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 2nd.

That’s a platter for 18,360 miles.


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).