Vikings Will See Beloved Friends in Back-to-Back Weeks

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Dec 20, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

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December 20, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen. Mandatory credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings 2023 regular schedule is a bit tighter — on paper — than the 2022 version, but that’s how it plays out during an eight-home-game season. Last year, according to the NFL’s new 17-game routine, the Vikings played nine home games and will do so again in 2024.

Here’s the Vikings’ schedule, released Thursday night:

  • 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)

Vikings will see furry friends in back-to-back weeks

And in the first quarter of the season, Minnesota will see beloved former teammates week after week — Eric Kendricks (Los Angeles Chargers) and Adam Thielen (Carolina Panthers).

October 23, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) runs the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 21–10. Mandatory credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports.

Kendricks and his Chargers begin the fun in Week 3 at US Bank Stadium. The Vikings cut ties with Kendricks in March, sending him to free agency, where he soon took over on the Chargers. The 31-year-old is all set to make her Tinseltown debut this season. Minnesota drafted Kendricks in 2015, later producing eight amazing seasons with the Vikings. But apparently it was time for both sides to move on, and Kendrick will look to shape up the AFC in 2023.

Meanwhile, the Vikings travel to Thielen’s new home next week. Like Kendricks, Vikings general manager Kwisi Adofo-Mensah deemed Thielen’s contract too expensive and said sayonara in March.

September 19, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports.

With a three-year, $25 million deal in Carolina, Thielen will help the new-look Panthers take the field with rookie quarterback Bryce Young. Frank Reich’s team used the first overall pick of the draft on Young and the Alabama alumnus would be patched in from Andy Dalton at QB1 before too long. Along with DJ Chark and Terrence Marshall, Thielen will attempt to make life easier for Dalton and Young this September.

November 14, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) tackles Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. (26) on a third quarter pass play at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports.

Interestingly, Thielen was not necessarily want to leave Minnesota. he appeared daily delivery podcast last week and explained his Vikings exodus, “I think there’s two sides to it. It was a bummer. I didn’t want to leave Minnesota. I wanted to end my career there. Obviously, it was the right thing to do.” Must be the fairy-tale way, right? But it’s not reality.”

Thielen continued, “I’m so grateful for that organization, Quesi and Kevin and the staff. The way they handled this whole process was first class.

September 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports.

Kendricks’ Chargers pose a more significant threat than Thielen’s Panthers, but perhaps the difficulty of home versus away will balance the menu. The Chargers play the Vikings in Minnesota, and the Panthers receive Minnesota in Charlotte.

Most odds believe Minnesota will win eight or nine games 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 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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