Vikings Schedule: Minnesota ends 2021 with a tough stretch of matchups

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Tyler Conklin
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Tyler Conklin /

The Minnesota Vikings schedule for the 2021 NFL season was officially released on Wednesday evening.

For the last few months, we’ve already known which teams the Minnesota Vikings were going to be facing during the 2021 season. But now we know when the Vikings will be taking on each of their opponents in 2021.

This year features a Week 18 for the first time in NFL history after the owners approved the addition of a 17th game back in March.

More than possibly any other professional sport, the layout of each team’s schedule in the NFL is vital in their chance for success each season. This has been the case for the Vikings in the past and it will likely play a factor in their efforts to get back to the playoffs this year.

Vikings Schedule: Minnesota reveals entire slate of games for 2021 season

In what will likely be the most eventful news to come out of Minnesota until training camp this summer, the team shared their official 2021 schedule on Wednesday. Listed below is when the Vikings will be taking on each of their 14 opponents this year.

(All games are scheduled to take place on a Sunday unless otherwise stated.)

  • Week 1
    • at Cincinnati Bengals (12 p.m. CT)
  • Week 2
    • at Arizona Cardinals (12 p.m. CT)
  • Week 3
    • Seattle Seahawks (3:25 p.m. CT)
  • Week 4
    • Cleveland Browns (12 p.m. CT)
  • Week 5
    • Detroit Lions (12 p.m. CT)
  • Week 6
    • at Carolina Panthers (12 p.m. CT)
  • Week 7
    • BYE
  • Week 8
    • Dallas Cowboys (7:20 p.m. CT/Sunday Night)
  • Week 9
    • at Baltimore Ravens (12 p.m. CT)
  • Week 10
    • at Los Angeles Chargers (3:05 p.m. CT)
  • Week 11
    • Green Bay Packers (12 p.m. CT)
  • Week 12
    • at San Francisco 49ers (3:25 p.m. CT)
  • Week 13
    • at Detroit Lions (12 p.m. CT)
  • Week 14
    • Pittsburgh Steelers (7:20 p.m. CT/Thursday Night)
  • Week 15
    • at Chicago Bears (7:15 p.m. CT/Monday Night)
  • Week 16
    • Los Angeles Rams (12 p.m. CT)
  • Week 17
    • at Green Bay Packers (7:20 p.m. CT/Sunday Night)
  • Week 18
    • Chicago Bears (12 p.m. CT)

Some of the immediate takeaways have to be the Vikings not playing at home until Week 3, their bye week being in Week 7 for the second season in a row, and their final home matchup of the year coming against the Bears for the sixth-straight season.

The first part of Minnesota’s schedule before their bye is definitely where they need to take care of business. Because after their week off, it seems like the Vikings will have their work cut out for them to achieve any sort of success next season.

Getting back to the playoffs is not going to be anything close to easy for Minnesota in 2021.