The Minnesota Vikings have the 5th toughest schedule in the entire league coming up in 2021, according to a show I saw on the NFL Network last night.  Your favorite football team and mine sure didn't get any love from the NFL in the scheduling department.  Most of it, is the luck of the draw, but despite the Vikings 7-9 record last season and getting the 3rd place schedule, it's still a very difficult draw.

Minnesota will play each team in a pretty good AFC Central Division, They'll also play each team in the NFC West, which is another juggernaut.  The Vikings will play the other 3rd place teams from last season in the NFC, Carolina on the road and Dallas at home.  The NFL also added a 17th game to the season and the Vikings will face the 3rd place team from the AFC West the San Diego Chargers.

The Vikings will be featured on 4 prime-time games including October 31st Halloween/Sunday night football against Dallas at home.  They will also play Pittsburgh at home on Thursday, December 9th.  The Vikes have one Monday night game on December 20th at Chicago and another Sunday Night game at Green Bay on January 2nd.  However, the Vikings could be flexed out of that game if they're out of playoff contention at that point, which is a possibility.  It sure doesn't help that Minnesota has to start the season off on the road for it's first two games of the season either, at Cincinnati and at Arizona.  Yikes, we could be setting up for another 7-9 season or worse.  Here's the complete schedule.

September 12th at Bengals 12 noon

September 19th at Cardinals 3:05 pm

September 26th Seahawks 3:25 pm

October 3rd Browns 12 noon

October 10th Lions 12 noon

October 17th at Panthers 12 noon

October 24th BYE week

October 31st Cowboys 7:20 pm

November 7th at Ravens 12 noon

November 14th at Chargers 3:05 pm

November 21st Packers 12 noon

November 28th at 49ers 3:25 pm

December 5th at Lions 12 noon

December 12th Steelers 7:20 pm

December 20th at Bears 7:15 pm

December 26th Rams 12 noon

January 2nd at Packers 7:20 pm

January 9th Bears 12 noon


 

LOOK: 50 images of winning moments from sports history

Sometimes images are the best way to honor the figures we've lost. When tragedy swiftly reminds us that sports are far from the most consequential thing in life, we can still look back on an athlete's winning moment that felt larger than life, remaining grateful for their sacrifice on the court and bringing joy to millions.

Read on to explore the full collection of 50 images Stacker compiled showcasing various iconic winning moments in sports history. Covering achievements from a multitude of sports, these images represent stunning personal achievements, team championships, and athletic perseverance.