The Dazzling Aspect of the Vikings Next 6 Games

The Dazzling Aspect of the Vikings Next 6 Games
Nov 7, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; A detailed view of the reflection of M&T Bank Stadium off the visor of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings encountered the start of the “hard part” of the 2022 schedule and slapped it in the face.

In Buffalo, the Vikings outdueled the Bills by a score of 33-30, an emotional rollercoaster affair where Minnesota won its seventh straight game.

Now, the aforementioned “hard part” of the schedule doesn’t look too daunting, the byproduct of knocking off a team as supreme as the Bills. If the Vikings can win on the road in Buffalo, they can win anywhere.

But, for a while, Minnesota won’t have too many road worries regardless — five of the next six Vikings will occur at U.S. Bank Stadium. That’s right — the Vikings have just one road game in the next six weeks.

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Here’s the remaining schedule with homes games in red:

  • Week 11: vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • Week 12: vs. New England Patriots
  • Week 13 vs. New York Jets
  • Week 14 at Detroit Lions
  • Week 15: vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Week 16: vs. New York Giants
  • Week 17: at Green Bay Packers
  • Week 18: at Chicago Bears

The Vikings don’t play another outdoor game in the calendar year of 2022. Of course, playing the Packers and Bears to end the regular season — no matter what kind of shape any team is in — won’t be easy or straightforward. Yet, because Minnesota has the next five of six in the friendly confines of the glass palace, it can stack wins in preparation for whatever malarkey may arise in Green Bay or Chicago.

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Dec 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and guard Oli Udoh (74) and center Garrett Bradbury (56) and guard Ezra Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

Moreover, aside from the obvious homefield advantage logic, playing at home especially matters to the Vikings. These are the numbers with Kirk Cousins at quarterback (since 2018) via home and the road:

Vikings Win-Loss Record,
+ NFL Ranking,
Home and Away,
Since 2018:

Home = 23-13 (10th in the NFL)
Away = 18-19-1 (15th in the NFL)

In addition to the five-spot climb at home, the Vikings were dragged down in this metric by lack of homefield advantage in 2020. Fans weren’t present due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Minnesota finished 3-5 at home that season.

Overall, if the Vikings want homefield advantage — either as the one-seed or two-seed — the time is now to step on the throat of the schedule, as 83% of the next six games are in the state of Minnesota.

Beating the Bills during the same week that Philadelphia Eagles lost to Washington Commanders changed everything for homefield advantage. The juicy home-game slate is merely a perk.


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 Sal Spice. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).