1 Thing the Vikings Avoid with 2023 Schedule

Vikings Do 1 Thing Like Recent Super Bowl Champions

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Nov 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

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November 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Kevin O’Connell, head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Mandatory credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings hope to overcome regression fears in 2023 after a fancied 13-4 season in 2022 under first-year head coach Kevin O’Connell. The club somehow won 13 games last year despite an underwater point differential.

Minnesota’s schedule arrived on Thursday, and here’s the agenda for fall:

  • week 1: buccaneers (9/10)
  • Week 2: At Eagles (9/14, TNF)
  • Week 3: chargers (9/24)
  • Week 4: At Panthers (10/1)
  • Week 5: Chiefs (10/8)
  • Week 6: At Bears (10/15)
  • Week 7: 49ers (10/23, MNF)
  • Week 8: At Packers (10/29)
  • Week 9: At Falcon (11/5)
  • Week 10: Saints (11/12)
  • Week 11: at Broncos (11/19, SNF)
  • Week 12: Bear (11/27, MNF)
  • Week 13: Goodbye
  • Week 14: At Raiders (12/10)
  • Week 15: At Bengals (TBD)
  • Week 16: Lions (12/24)
  • Week 17: PACKERS (12/31, SNF)
  • Week 18: At Lions (1/7)
    Home Games in Red

The 1 Thing the Vikings Should Avoid With Their 2023 Schedule

And if one examines the schedule with a fine-toothed comb, one thing is missing — cold weather sports,

January 1, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell looks on during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports.

Simply put – there is none. December 16 or 17 could be chilly in Cincinnati, but it’s more likely in the 40-50 degree range, temperatures not considered cold by most Minnesotans. Typically in a regular season, the Vikings will play one or two cold weather games, and these usually take place in Green Bay or Chicago.

Of course, the Vikings chose to build an indoor stadium a decade earlier, disqualifying any cold home field advantage with US Bank Stadium. Nevertheless, the NFL schedule shuts down the club at least once a year in cold weather.

January 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​(8) reacts after lacking yardage against the Chicago Bears during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory credit: Matt Marten-USA TODAY Sports.

O’Connell’s team plays in Denver just before Thanksgiving, and there can be a chill in the air. But again – nothing like Green Bay in late December or early January. Home games against the Detroit Lions and Packers in Weeks 16 and 17 put an end to any cold weather festivities, while a trip to Detroit to end the season allows for Week 18 indoors.

Also, the Vikings get the Lambeau Field game “out of the way” before Halloween. Like Minnesotan’s Halloweens, that competition may be cold, but probably won’t mimic Christmas-time temperatures.

January 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) runs after a catch during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports.

Finally, the non-cold-weather away games: September in Philadelphia, early October in Carolina, two weeks later in Chicago, (rarely colder) in Atlanta, and two weeks before the yuletide in Las Vegas.

There’s really no rhyme or reason to the no-cold; Other than whatever weather the city of Cincinnati has in mind for December 16 or December 17, there’s just a sliver of chance that cool temperatures kick in.

According to opponents’ wins and losses in 2022, Minnesota has the 15th easiest schedule in the league—middle of the pack.


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 McKinney, which airs every Wednesday roan sau And Sal Masala, His Vikings passion dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (band).

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