Vikings in London in 2022 is gaining momentum

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Earlier this week, the Minnesota Vikings traveling to London in 2022 for a road game was a thriving theory.

The rumor has since gained credibility, with New Orleans media reporting the possibility as well.

If the Vikings-Saints matchup comes to fruition, London will have a recent rivalry that’s a little juicier than its usual NFL games. Minnesota and New Orleans drew bad blood after the 2009 NFC Championship. The Saints ran a “bounty program,” targeting quarterback Brett Favre for injury. Former New Orleans head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for a year following the investigation.

After that – a reward of sorts – the Vikings disqualified the Saints from the playoffs in 2017 and 2019.

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January 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

At home in 2017, the Vikings stunned the Saints in miraculous fashion, eliminating the NFC foe evasively in the Divisional Playoff rendezvous. It was then invented The Minneapolis Miracle.

Two years later, as underdogs Kirk Cousins ​​and the Vikings took over the Saints – another walk-0ff – in overtime with a Kyle Rudolph fancy touchdown.

New Orleans got their regular season revenge in 2020, eviscerating the Vikings on Christmas Day by a score of 52-33. It was the day New Orleans galloped for seven rushing touchdowns against a once-feared Mike Zimmer defense.

December 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

If Duncan’s report is accurate, Minnesota will make its third trip to London. In 2013, the Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium 34-27 behind a masterpiece from Adrian Peterson (140 rushing yards, two touchdowns). It was Minnesota’s first win of the 2013 season. Blair Walsh even kicked it back then.

Then in 2017, the Cleveland Browns pulled the Vikings’ number, and the game took place when the Browns were still “the Browns.” Minnesota triumphed at Twickenham Stadium 33-16, thanks to a special from Case Keenum. The win was the fourth victory in Minnesota’s eight-game winning streak in 2017.

For now, the 2022 game in London would be a Vikings road game, meaning Minnesota would play nine more home games at US Bank Stadium. The NFL has expanded the schedule to 17 games in 2021, and it’s the Vikings’ turn to host an additional home game.

The full NFL schedule falls in May, but London participants could be confirmed at any time.

Since the infamous 2009 NFC Championship, the Vikings are 3-5 against the Saints.


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, who airs 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).

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