The NFL is gearing up to make a significant change to the 2021 schedule, adding a 17th game to the usual 16-game slate for each team. There won't be any added bye weeks, meaning players will now be asked to play 17 games in 18 weeks. It's still not official quite yet, but at this point, it would be surprising if it wasn't implemented in 2021.
The NFL had an established formula for creating the schedule each year, so the league had to find a new method to account for the extra 17th game. It's a rather confusing process, which Peter King went into detail on here. But we now have a sense on who each team will be playing in this extra game, though we still don't know when everything will occur.
And fans could be treated to a high-scoring showdown on this extra slate, as the Minnesota Vikings travel to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers.
The Vikings were a top-12 scoring offense last year, though their defense left a lot to be desired, finishing as a bottom-five scoring unit. That's a recipe for some fireworks against a talent like second-year quarterback Justin Herbert.
Minnesota owns a slight edge in the all-time series against Los Angeles, boasting a 7-6 record. The Vikings also stomped the Chargers, 39-10, in the most recent meeting between these two, which came back in mid-December of 2019.
Both teams were on the outside looking in at last year's postseason, so both will be looking for a bounce-back campaign in 2021. This could end up being a pivotal game for both squads.
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