Vikings to open with Packers, host Patriots on Thanksgiving night

The Vikings have played eight previous games on the holiday, five at Detroit and three at Dallas

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shakes hands with Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins following the game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 2, 2018, in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Stew Milne / USA Today Sports
We are part of The Trust Project.

EAGAN, Minnesota — The Minnesota Vikings opened the 2020 season against Green Bay at home. When they next do so, there will be fans on hand.

The NFL revealed the full schedule on Thursday, and it includes the Vikings beginning the regular season against the Packers on Sept. 11 at 3:25 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium. When the teams played in the opener two years ago, no fans were allowed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The game will mark the debut of first-year Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell.

Another big game on the schedule has the Vikings playing on Thanksgiving. And it won’t be at Detroit or Dallas.

The Vikings will face the New England Patriots at 7:20 p.m. on Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) at U.S. Bank Stadium in a game that will be televised nationally by NBC. It will be the first NFL Thanksgiving game in Minnesota.


Veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins is entering his 11th NFL season and fifth with the Vikings. He believes that team bonding could play a role in the win-loss record this fall
After being taken with the No. 23 pick in the 2021 draft out of Virginia Tech, the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Darrisaw showed he has the talent to develop into a Pro Bowl-type player.
If both players can stay healthy, Minnesota should have a couple of the best pass rushers in the league.
Last month, the Vikings elected not to pick up the $13.202 million option on Bradbury for the 2023 season, putting him in line to be a free agent in March
After the Vikings hired coach Kevin O’Connell this offseason, McCardell was among the only position coaches retained.
With starter Dalvin Cook, backup Alexander Mattison, third-stringer Kene Nwangwu and fullback C.J. Ham, it remains to be seen what new coach Kevin O’Connell might do to spread the wealth
Though the 24-year-old has the ability to beat people deep, Osborn acknowledged that his big plays are likely going to come via yards after catch
Sloter, a former Vikings quarterback, is now leading the Breakers in the USFL, the spring league that was reformed this year after a 37-year hiatus
He started all 16 games at right guard for Minnesota in 2015 before he was diagnosed in 2016 with a congenital brain condition, which ended his career
The Vikings on Wednesday announced the signing of Wilson, who agreed to terms on Tuesday, and they waived running back A.J. Rose Jr. to create room on the roster.

The Vikings have played eight previous games on the holiday, five at Detroit and three at Dallas. Those teams traditionally have hosted Thanksgiving games during the day. The NFL added a third Thanksgiving game in prime time in 2006.

The Vikings last played on Thanksgiving at Detroit in 2017 after also playing there on the holiday in 2016. Before that, their most recent Thanksgiving game was at Dallas in 2000.

New England last played in Minnesota in 2014. O’Connell was selected by the Patriots as a quarterback in the third round of the 2008 draft and played one season with them.

Prior to Thursday, it was announced that the Vikings would play at Philadelphia in Week 2 on Sept. 19 on Monday Night Football and as the road team in Week 4 on Oct. 2 against New Orleans in London.

Due to the game in London, the Vikings will play just seven true road games and will have nine home games during the NFL’s second 17-game season. And, unlike in their trips to London in 2013 and 2017, the Vikings won’t have a bye the week after going overseas. They will play Chicago at home in Week 5 on Oct. 9.

The Vikings, who will play Detroit in Week 3 on Sept. 25 at U.S. Bank Stadium, will have only one true road game in the first five weeks of the season. But they will end up closing the season with two games on the road, Jan. 1 at Green Bay and Jan. 8 at Chicago.

The Vikings long had known their opponents for 2022 before all dates became official on Thursday. Here’s their regular-season schedule:

Sept. 11 Green Bay, 3:25 p.m., Fox


Sept. 19 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m., ABC

Sept. 25 Detroit, noon, Fox

Oct. 2 New Orleans in London, 8:30 a.m., NFL Network

Oct. 9 Chicago, noon, Fox

Oct. 16 at Miami, noon, Fox

Oct. 23 Bye

Oct. 30 Arizona, noon, Fox

Nov. 6 at Washington, noon, Fox


Nov. 13 at Buffalo, noon, Fox

Nov. 20 Dallas, 3:25 p.m., CBS

Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving) New England, 7:20 p.m., NBC

Dec. 4 New York Jets, noon, CBS

Dec. 11 at Detroit, noon, Fox

Dec. 17/18 Indianapolis, TBD, TBD

Dec. 24 New York Giants, noon, Fox

Jan. 1 at Green Bay, 3:25 p.m., CBS

Jan. 7/8 at Chicago, TBD, TBD

The Vikings’ preseason schedule also was released Thursday, but not any dates. In their first game, the Vikings will play in Las Vegas for the first time against the Raiders. That will be followed by a home game against San Francisco and a game at Denver.


This story was written by one of our partner news agencies. Forum Communications Company uses content from agencies such as Reuters, Kaiser Health News, Tribune News Service and others to provide a wider range of news to our readers. Learn more about the news services FCC uses here.

What to read next
A day after news broke that Johnson would be leaving to take the pitching coach job at Louisiana State University, Gray went out and pitched the Twins to an 11-1 win with seven scoreless innings
The Twins haven’t yet announced plans to replace him but bullpen coach Pete Maki and run prevention coordinator Colby Suggs are expected to assume bigger roles within the organization
Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray drop rebounds to defeat James Duckworth of Australia
Makar, 23, is the youngest Conn Smythe winner since 2010 when Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews won it at the age of 21