NFL Finally Flips Script at End of Vikings Schedule

about justin jeffersonJan 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) warms up wearing a shirt honoring Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin (3) before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

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January 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) warms up wearing a shirt honoring Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) before a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

It was stale, and everyone felt it.

Prior to the release of the 2023 NFL schedule, the Minnesota Vikings had played the Chicago Bears in the final game of the season in six of the previous seven years. It was just a tradition – a soft one that usually didn’t mean anything because one team was bad and the other wasn’t (or vice versa).

NFL finally flipped script at end of Viking schedule

this year, the The Vikings will travel to Detroit for a date with the hungry Lions to end the regular season – not at home or against the Bears., And Dan Campbell’s team will probably be better than Chicago, but that doesn’t faze Vikings fans. It was downright difficult to host the Bears at US Bank Stadium or travel to Solider Field to end the season. Change was needed and it came.

January 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Nick Mullens (12) stands behind center during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports.

in 2022 – well, 2022 Season And 2023 on the calendar – The Vikings visit Chicago for a Week 18 win where the starters were rested for the entire second half. Minnesota’s victory over the Bears propelled Chicago to have the first overall pick in the draft, a commodity that was traded with the Carolina Panthers. And the Vikings had a bit of momentum – or at least it felt like it at the time – going into the playoffs.

Between the past seven seasons, the 2018 Vikings-Bears end-of-season matchup was really the only contest between the teams that meant anything. That special game was the Bears’ springboard to the postseason and the season-ender for the Vikings. Other than the 2018 tryout, the Vikings-Bears are mostly meaningless to punt a regular season.

September 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​(8) throws a touchdown pass as guard Ed Ingram (67) blocks running back Green Bay Packers defensive end Dean Lowry (94) during the second quarter at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Jeffrey Baker-USA TODAY Sports.

Here’s the full schedule of the Vikings:

  • 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)

If NFL body politics is correct, the Lions represent a formidable challenge, especially at Ford Field. Detroit is the favorite to win the NFC North, and if it happens, it will mark the first such feat by the Lions in 30 years. Of course, the sportsbooks and pundits may be wrong, and Detroit may be a mediocre team, but Jared Goff and Co. All the rage this time around for defeating the Vikings, Bears and Packers.

March 23, 2023; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Running back Jahmir Gibbs during Pro Day at the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility on the campus of the University of Alabama. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News NCAA Football University of Alabama Pro Day

The Vikings last visited the Lions in 2020 to end the season. That game was — you guessed it — Useless As the Vikings were eliminated from playoff contention. This was the game when Kyle Rudolph chanted the Hail Mary out of the sky at half time.

But these Lions should be different from the 2020 edition, while Minnesota seeks back-to-back division crowns for the first time since 2008-2009.

Whatever happens, on January 7th in Detroit, count your lucky stars that the vanilla and irrelevant last-game-of-the-season craziness against the Bears is over. Well, it’s been done for a year. Maybe it’s a pause.

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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