Announcement made regarding Vikings upcoming matchup with Colts

(Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

The NFL announced on Monday that the Week 15 contest between the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts will take place on Saturday, December 17th.

Only two games inside U.S. Bank Stadium remain on the 2022 regular-season schedule for the Minnesota Vikings, and now we know that they will both be taking place on the same day of the week.

On Monday, the NFL announced that the Week 15 matchup between the Vikings and Indianapolis Colts will be part of a Saturday triple-header around the league that also includes the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills facing the Miami Dolphins.

The contest between the Vikings and Colts will be the first game to kick off on Saturday, with a start time set for 12 p.m. CST.

Minnesota Vikings will likely have at least one additional game inside U.S. Bank Stadium this season

Following their win over the New York Jets on Sunday, Minnesota’s record currently sits at 10-2 this season. Heading into Week 14, the Vikings are the No. 2 seed in the NFC, and with the recent injury to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Minnesota should be able to remain the No. 2 seed when the playoffs begin in January.

If the Vikings are able to begin the 2022 postseason as the second seed in the NFC, they will have a chance to play at least two more games inside their home stadium. The first matchup would take place inside U.S. Bank Stadium, and then if Minnesota wins that contest, then their next playoff game would be in their home building as well.

Even if the Vikings, somehow, don’t finish the regular season as the No. 2 seed in the NFC, at least one home playoff game is still extremely likely. All Minnesota needs to do to clinch the NFC North, and they will be guaranteed at least one postseason matchup inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Vikings currently have a 99 percent chance to win the NFC North this season according to FiveThirtyEight, and they can clinch the division next Sunday by defeating the Detroit Lions.

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