Vikings is due out next month. Here are the opponents.

August 14, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings fans gather before the game against the Denver Broncos at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker – USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 NFL regular season schedule is expected to be released around May 11.

The Minnesota Vikings will look to bounce back from a disappointing 8-9 campaign in 2021, prompting the layoffs of general manager Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer and Spielman talk
Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman

General manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and head coach Kevin O’Connell replace Spielman and Zimmer. Both men are significantly younger than their predecessors, ushering in an era of Vikings football that is meant to feel markedly different.

While the strength of the schedule during an offseason, forecasting the year ahead, can vary wildly in forecasting difficulty, Minnesota will embark on the league’s 13th-easiest slate of opponents in 2022, by wins and opponent’s defeats in 2021.

These are the opponents of the Vikings, although the order is not yet known:

Home Games

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Chicago Bears
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Detroit Lions
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • New England Patriots
  • New York Giants
  • New York Jets
Brian O'Neill
Brian O’Neill (75), Adam Thielen (19) and the Vikings celebrate their first touchdown, which came in the second minute of the game. Sunday, October 21, 2018 Jets

Games outside

  • Buffalo Tickets
  • Chicago Bears
  • Detroit Lions
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Miami Dolphins
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Washington Commanders

And, in theory, if all of the current quarterbacks ended up starting games for the opposition — a long shot, of course — it would be the Vikings QB opponents:

  • Josh Allen
  • Justin Fields (twice)
  • Jared Goff (twice)
  • Jalen hurts
  • Daniel Jones
  • McJones
  • Kyler Murray
  • Aaron Rodgers (twice)
  • matt ryan
  • Tua Taogvailoa
  • Carson Wentz
  • Zach Wilson
  • James Winston

According to bettors in April, Minnesota is expected to win about nine games, along with teams like the Cardinals and Dolphins.

If the Vikings fail to qualify for the playoffs in 2022, it will be the first streak of consecutive seasons without a playoff since the 2005, 2006, 2007 playoffs (or the end of Mike Tice and the start of Brad Childress).

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).

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