The Vikings 2022 Schedule Just Got Juicier

The Vikings Schedule Just Got Juicier
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With the Wednesday news of the Minnesota Vikings embarking overseas for a date with the New Orleans Saints in October, the team’s 2022 schedule just got juicier.

Last year at this time, the Vikings stared down a daunting upcoming schedule release, stuffed full of good opponents, mainly because Minnesota had the AFC North on the docket. Plus, the Vikings had a “road game year” with the NFL’s new 17-game format. Eight home games and nine road games.

The Bengals, Ravens, Browns, and Steelers were not an easy slate of opponents. Not all of those AFC North squads turned out to be unbeatable, but all were good or decent. In 2022, the Vikings play the Bills, Patriots, Dolphins, and Jets — an easier preseason prognosis than the AFC North foursome from 2021.

Nov 7, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports.

While the AFC part of the schedule is “easier” per preseason forecasts, here’s the juicy part.

The Vikings will play in London as a road game, meaning the 2022 season still has nine home games in Minnesota and seven true away games. So, nine home, seven road, and one neutral. Compared to various other squads, that’s an inherent advantage, especially if the 2022 Vikings are any good.

And, per 2021 wins and losses of opponents, the Vikings currently have the 13th-easiest schedule for 2022. Of course, team records from 2021 don’t directly translate to predictive 2022 performance, but the general theme of the schedule is not as challenging as 2021 — a season when the Vikings finished 8-9.

Here’s the updated schedule.

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 the away matchups.

Away Games

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

Now, accounting for the England news:

Neutral Site

  • New Orleans Saints
Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports.

If no injuries occur — spoiler: they will — these are the quarterbacks on deck to face Minnesota:

  • Josh Allen
  • Justin Fields (twice)
  • Jared Goff (twice)
  • Jalen Hurts
  • Daniel Jones
  • Mac Jones
  • Kyler Murray
  • Dak Prescott
  • Aaron Rodgers (twice)
  • Matt Ryan
  • Tua Taogvailoa
  • Carson Wentz
  • Zach Wilson
  • Jameis Winston

The full NFL schedule is set to release on May 12th.

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).