8 Stimulating Facts about Vikings 2023 Schedule

Nov 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jalen Nailor (83) celebrates after making a stop against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

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November 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jalen Naylor (83) celebrates after stopping against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings’ schedule dropped Thursday night, and here’s a glimpse:

  • 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

Kevin O’Connell’s Vikings hope to improve on defense, stay on offense and maintain his ‘situational master’ mantra through 2022.

8 Exciting Facts About The Vikings’ 2023 Schedule

Plus, here are eight facts to know about the Vikings’ 2023 schedule.

1. Second-highest primetime game in franchise history

Minnesota Vikings fans celebrate the win. The New York Giants lost 28–10 to the Minnesota Vikings in NFL Week 5 on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in East Rutherford. © Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com, North Jersey Records via Imagen Content Services, LLC.

Only in 2010 did the Vikings have more football games televised in primetime. Admittedly, that campaign ended with a whimper, but maybe this time around will be different. Minnesota made five primetime appearances in Kirk Cousins’ first season with the club, reaching a 1–4 record in those games in 2018.

This time, the Vikings will play the Eagles, 49ers, Broncos, Bears and Packers on the night.

2. Vikings-Lions To End Season May Finally Mean Something

December 11, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions running back Jamal Williams (30) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Danielle Hunter (99) and linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory credit: David Racinec-USA TODAY Sports.

Four times since the 1999 season, the Vikings and Lions have played to finish out a regular season — and none of the games have mattered. Both teams were either terrible or mediocre during their end-of-season matchups.

In 2023 (or 2024 on the calendar), perhaps there would be some point in kicking off the Vikings-Lions regular season? Necessary; Both the franchises are projected to finish at No. 1. 1 and 2 at the top of the NFC North, giving the Oddmakers Detroit the edge.

3. The Bears haven’t played Monday Night Football in Minnesota since 2010

December 18, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) passes the ball in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field. Mandatory credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports.

If you turn on your television expecting to see Vikings-Bears monday night footballThe game usually takes place at Soldier Field.

That changes in 2023, as the Vikings host the Bears MNF First time in 13 years.

4. Minnesota has never played the Eagles in primetime in back-to-back seasons

October 16, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) looks on during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports.

Yes, this new situation begins when the Eagles are at the peak of their powers per roster construction. Philadelphia let Minnesota down in this same stadium last season, but O’Connell and gang got a chance for revenge in week two this year.

5. The 49ers will play a primetime game in Minnesota for the first time in 29 years

January 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) warms up before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports.

The last time the Vikings and 49ers met in primetime at Vikings House was in 1994, and the game featured Sean Salisbury versus Steve Young at quarterback. He later turned up against Elvis Grbac in Salisbury, and Minnesota won 21–14. San Francisco won the Super Bowl a month later.

6. The Vikings haven’t played the Broncos in primetime since 1991.

September 25, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) talks with quarterbacks coach Clint Kubiak during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA Today Sports.

Actually, the Vikings and Broncos meet every four years, but it’s never really in primetime. On November 19, Minnesota treks to Denver for a date with Sean Payton under the lights. If You’re Curious, Last Time Vikings hosted The Broncos were in 1981 for a primetime game.

7. No Cold Weather Games

January 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) walks off the field after the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports.

Unless you believe that Cincinnati will be freezing-cold on December 16 or 17, the Vikings don’t have any cold weather games. Schedule makers made sure Minnesota would play Chicago and Green Bay before the winter doldrums. In the grand scheme of Vikings football, no contest is strange in cold weather.

8. The Vikings haven’t won back-to-back NFC North titles since 2009

Brett Favre. © Dan Powers via Image Content Services, LLC.

And in short order, the Vikings look to win the NFC North crown in a row for the first time in 14 years. it’s been a while. The Packers have tightened their grip on the division, with the Vikings and Bears emerging as formidable clubs through one-hit-wonders.

But now Aaron Rodgers plays in the AFC, so it’s time for the Vikings to take over the division.


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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