Vikings List of Opponents — with Schedule Release 4 Days Away

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You will soon learn the order of the Minnesota Vikings 2023 schedule as the NFL releases matchups for each team this Thursday, May 11th.

VikingsTerritory will likely have Minnesota’s schedule sometime Wednesday or early Thursday morning, so check back here.

Vikings List of Opponents — with Schedule Release 4 Days Away

In the meantime, the who of the Vikings 2023 enemies is crystal-clear. Aside from order, there is no mystery about the 17 games on the schedule.

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The AFC and NFC alternate seasons with nine home games versus eight, and 2023 is a road-game-heavy season for Minnesota. It’ll play nine games on the road and eight at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings will also have two home preseason games, whereas last year, they had just one.

These are the Vikings away opponents in 2023:

  • at Atlanta Falcons
  • at Carolina Panthers
  • at Chicago Bears
  • at Cincinnati Bengals
  • at Denver Broncos
  • at Detroit Lions
  • at Green Bay Packers
  • at Las Vegas Raiders
  • at Philadelphia Eagles
    These are not in order of date.
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Notably, Minnesota will face Adam Thielen for the first time after the native Minnesotan bolted for the Carolina Panthers in March. The Vikings will also see Joe Burrow’s Bengals in Ohio, a game that won’t be easy, no matter what. Moreover, Kevin O’Connell’s team travels to Denver for the first time in eight years, taking on Russell Wilson and Sean Payton at Empower Field at Mile High.

The Vikings will also play a regular season game at Las Vegas for the first time. Of course, the road game at Philadelphia won’t be fun.

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The schedule at home, too, is formidable. These are the eight home games:

  • vs. Chicago Bears
  • vs. Detroit Lions
  • vs. Green Bay Packers
  • vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • vs. New Orleans Saints
  • vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    These are not in order of date.
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The Chiefs and Chargers visit U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time in history. New Orleans returns to Minneapolis for the second time since The Minneapolis Miracle. The 49ers will be a problem, constantly fielding an incredibly savvy team while the quarterback’s identity wholly doesn’t matter.

And that’s all on top of playing NFC North opponents six times — three teams in flux. Based on Jordan Love’s development, the Packers may or may not be good. The Bears must prove their rebuilding efforts translate to wins on the field. And the Lions play with the weight of expectations. Detroit hasn’t won the NFC North in 30 years but is expected to do just that, per sportsbooks, in 2023.

Oddsmakers have tabbed Minnesota for 8.5 wins in 2023.

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 Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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