3 Hardest Games on the Vikings Schedule in 2022

Larry Rupp
A look at the three hardest games on the Minnesota Vikings schedule in 2022.
A look at the three hardest games on the Minnesota Vikings schedule in 2022. / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Every team in the NFL already knows which teams they will be facing during the 2022 season, just not the specific dates and start times. That will be revealed at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network on May 12. The Minnesota Vikings have surely already circled a couple of daunting matchups on their schedule.

Playing in the same division as Aaron Rodgers will always make securing a playoff berth just a bit more difficult. New head coach Kevin O'Connell certainly has his work cut out for him if he wants to get the job done, so let's take a look at the three hardest matchups the Seahawks will have in 2022.

Minnesota Vikings 2022 Schedule

1. @ Green Bay Packers

The trip to Lambeau Field every year has to be a taxing one for Vikings players with freezing temperatures and rowdy fans. It doesn't help that Minnesota has only won one of their last four away games against Green Bay, either. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is just licking his fingers to go up against a Vikings' secondary that allowed the fifth-most passing yards per game last season (252.9). If that issue cannot be resolved early in the season, cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Cameron Dantzler could be in for a long day trying to keep up with wide receivers Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb. This is a matchup that seemingly always comes down to the wire, so a primetime slot seems possible.

2. @ Buffalo Bills

There may not be a team in the NFL that is improving at as rapid of a pace as the Buffalo Bills are. Josh Allen continued to show his ability to both throw and run the ball at an elite level, and it unlocked the full potential of head coach Sean McDermott's offense. The Bills finished third in scoring for the second consecutive season and put up an average of 389.3 yards of offense (No. 5 in NFL). Buffalo is also no joke on the defensive front and feature a dangerous safety duo of Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde. These two teams have only faced each other twice in the last decade, so the unfamiliarity should make for a great game.

3. vs Indianapolis Colts

The Vikings home schedule features a couple of toss-up games against teams like the Packers and Arizona Cardinals. The Indianapolis Colts are another team that shouldn't be overlooked. The Colts opted to go in a different direction at quarterback this offseason and traded for four-time Pro Bowler Matt Ryan. He should be able to thrive under the guidance of an offensive-minded head coach like Frank Reich. It's worth noting that Minnesota has lost each of its last six games against Indianapolis by an average of 12.5 points. It'll be interesting to see whether or not QB Kirk Cousins can buck that trend and earn a victory in front of the home fans.

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