The Vikings' full 2021 schedule has been released. Which matchups are most intriguing? Daniel House shared his quick takeaways.
The NFL released its full 2021 schedule on Wednesday night. What stands out about the Vikings' current slate of games?
My quick takeaways:
- The Vikings are scheduled to play four primetime games this season, including road divisional matchups against the Packers and Bears. Minnesota will have a short week to prepare for a Thursday night home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, following that quick turnaround, the Vikings have an 11-day break before a Week 15 Monday Night Football game against the Bears. That additional day of rest will help the team recover from a daunting stretch.
- It feels like Weeks 9-14 will be the most important portion of the Vikings’ schedule. Minnesota is set to play four road games in a five-week stretch, followed by a Thursday night showdown against the Steelers at U.S. Bank Stadium. The same span of games also features a heavy amount of travel, including a coast to coast trip (Baltimore and Los Angeles).
Here’s a look at the Vikings’ full 2021 schedule:
Week 1: Sept. 12: @ Cincinnati Bengals - Noon CT - FOX
Week 2: Sept. 19: @ Arizona Cardinals - 3:05 p.m. CT - FOX
Week 3: Sept. 26: Seattle Seahawks - 3:25 p.m. CT - FOX
Week 4: Oct. 3: Cleveland Browns - Noon CT - CBS
Week 5: Oct. 10: Detroit Lions - Noon CT - FOX
Week 6: Oct. 17: @ Carolina Panthers - Noon CT - FOX
Week 7: Oct. 24: BYE
Week 8: Oct. 31: Dallas Cowboys - (Sunday Night Football) - 7:20 p.m. CT - NBC
Week 9: Nov. 7: @ Baltimore Ravens - Noon CT - FOX
Week 10: Nov. 14: @ Los Angeles Chargers - 3:05 p.m. CT - FOX
Week 11: Nov. 21: Green Bay Packers - Noon CT - FOX
Week 12: Nov. 28: @ San Francisco 49ers - 3:25 p.m. CT - FOX
Week 13: Dec. 5: @ Detroit Lions - Noon CT - CBS
Week 14: Dec. 9: Pittsburgh Steelers - (Thursday Night Football) - 7:20 p.m. CT - FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 15: Dec. 20: @ Chicago Bears - (Monday Night Football) - 7:15 p.m. CT - ESPN -
Week 16: Dec. 26: Los Angeles Rams - Noon CT - FOX
Week 17: Jan. 2: @ Green Bay Packers - (Sunday Night Football) - 7:20 p.m. CT
Week 18: Jan. 9: Chicago Bears - Noon CT - FOX