Vikings Now Have 2022 Schedule Release Date

Vikings Now Have Schedule Release Date
Kevin O'Connell

According to Sharp Football Analysis, the Minnesota Vikings will have the NFL’s 10th-easiest schedule in 2022.

In 2021, the Vikings finished 8-9 in another “all-in stakes” season, leading to the dismissal of the general manager and head coach. With the core players still intact, Minnesota will take another crack at playoff contendership under new head coach Kevin O’Connell and general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.

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And soon, the Vikings get clarity on the order of opponents. The NFL will release the master schedule on May 12. a Thursday just three weeks away.

Little is known about when the Vikings will play who, but the opponents are determined.

Home Games

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

Minnesota is allotted nine homes games in 2022, a product of the league’s expansion to 17 games. Every year, the AFC and NFC alternate an extra home contest. These are the eight road opponents for 2022:

Away Games

  • Buffalo Bills
  • Chicago Bears
  • Detroit Lions
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Miami Dolphins
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Washington Commanders
Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) and wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Moreover, this week brought rumblings that Minnesota could be on the docket for a London game, presumably in Week 4 or 5. If true, it will be the Vikings third trip to England for regular season football. Additionally, the NFL will release the international game schedule on May 4th, per Ari Meirov of Pro Football Focus. On that day, the London rumors will be confirmed or denied.

Minnesota has missed the postseason in back-to-back seasons, hoping to avoid the trend in 2022. If they do not, 2022 would be the first time since 2005 to 2007 that the Vikings missed the playoffs three years in a row.

The Vikings haven’t entered the playoff tournament with a first-year head coach since 1992, when Dennis Green led the team to an 11-5 record. In fact, Green is the only head coach in the Vikings 61-year history to reach the postseason in his inaugural season.

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).