Myth No. 1
Minnesota is not a very good road team
For cynics, this is fun to say because evidence to the contrary is often not readily available to the recipient. But it is now.
In the last five years, the Vikings are the NFL’s eighth-best road team in terms of win percentage. Minnesota has an away record of 21-18-1 (.538) since 2015. For perspective, this is better than the Packers, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, and about 20 other teams around the league.
That’s it, that’s the stat, and it is an irrefutable one.
The Vikings are also the third-best home team in the NFL since 2015. Perhaps onlookers that blast the false road narrative expect Minnesota to be equally as good on the road as they are at home? That would be wondrous, of course, but a third-best and the eighth-best split is also admirable, to say the least.
The Vikings even won on the road in a playoff matchup against the New Orleans Saints last season despite being eight-point underdogs. Like all NFL teams, Minnesota is not perfect on the road, nor are they anywhere close to it. But being the league’s eighth-best road team in the last half-decade is still respectable.