Theory emerges on Vikings Week 1 opponent
October 6, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports.
For some reason this year, the NFL decided to turn the 2022 NFL Schedule release into a week-long show.
Prior to this style, the NFL would simply release the schedule in one shot, but now the unveiling spans days. It all started with the announcement of the international series, in which the Minnesota Vikings will participate, traveling to London for an appointment on October 2 with the New Orleans Saints.
Although this confrontation is confirmed, another theory emerges concerning the Vikings – a possible first week date at US Bank Stadium with the New York Giants.
Indeed, it is a rumor, but VikingsTerritory dug him on Friday, determining he had some credibility. Also, the Vikings started the 2021 season with back-to-back road games, so the September home kickoff will be checked.
The Giants will be led by quarterback Daniel Jones in 2022, a truly breakthrough campaign for the fourth-year starter. New York also hired a new head coach, Brian Daboll, a man initially coveted by many Vikings fans when the organization fired Mike Zimmer in January.
A former Vikings coach also found his way to New Jersey, as former co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson joined the Giants as defensive line coach. With the Giants, Patterson will cultivate EDGE rushers like Kayvon Thibodeaux, Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams. His track record in Minnesota was notable, credited with developing Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter and others.
The Vikings have toppled the Giants three times in a row (2015, 2016 and 2019) after losing games in New York in 2010 and 2013 to start the decade. Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins has had tremendous luck against NFC East teams, leading the Vikings to a 5-2 (.714) record against his former division mates since 2018.
The Vikings were once dominant at US Bank Stadium. In the first four years of its existence, Zimmer’s team was 24-9 (.727) in Minneapolis or second-best in the NFL from 2016-2019. Only the New England Patriots were better within the deadlines. But as of the 2020 season, Minnesota’s intimidating home court advantage is gone. Over the past two seasons, the Vikings are 8-8 (.500) at home, ranking 17th in the NFL by winning percentage.
If the Giants-in-Minneapolis rumor comes to fruition in Week 1, it will be the fifth time in seven years that the Vikings have started a regular season at home.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).