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Minnesota Vikings schedule: Kirk Cousins, Vikes look to go 3-0 in division as Chicago visits U.S. Bank

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2022 Minnesota Vikings schedule: Week 5

Following their Week 4 win over the New Orleans Saints, the Minnesota Vikings’ schedule continues with a Week 5 clash against the Chicago Bears in at home in U.S. Bank Stadium.

Week 5 – vs Chicago Bears

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sun, Oct. 9 vs Bears 1:00 PM FOX
  • Vikings vs Bearss point spread: Vikings -7
  • Sportsnaut’s prediction: Vikings 30, Bears 14

Minnesota Vikings roster outlook

  • QB – Kirk Cousins , Nick Mullens
  • RB – Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, Kene Nwangwu, Ty Chandler
  • WR – Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, KJ Osborn, Jalen Reagor, Jalen Nailor
  • TE –Irv Smith Jr., Johnny Mundt

In an offseason where hitting the reset button was a real possibility, the new Vikings leadership team of Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and head coach Kevin O’Connell largely kept the roster intact while adding complementary pieces all around.

Kirk Cousins has an offensive-minded head coach for the first time in purple, and he has their full support. He has one of the best groups of skill position players led by Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook, and Adam Thielen, yet the Vikes have several other sneaky candidates for a breakout year.

If the offensive line can improve (a big if), there’s no reason why Cousins can’t offer elite QB production under center in what’s expected to be a pass-heavy approach that gets his playmakers involved more than ever before .

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In an attempt to rebuild the defense, they will switch to a 3-4 base under longtime coach Ed Donatell. With Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith causing nightmares off the edge, as long as the two can stay healthy, the pass rush should be top-notch. Eric Kendricks resumes his role as one of the best middle linebackers in coverage and is joined by the run-stopping Jordan Hicks to fill out a high-IQ position group.

An improved front seven should make things easier on the back end, where the Vikings have struggled to plug the leaks aboard their ship. A new injection of talent from first-round pick Lewis Cine, and second-round pick Andrew Booth Jr, along with the return of Patrick Peterson, should fill out a strong secondary with Harrison Smith returning as a longtime leader.

The Vikings should have a playoff spot in their sights. Anything less would be considered a failure. Looking around the division and the NFC conference as a whole, there’s a reason for excitement heading into the 2022 season for Vikings fans.

Minnesota Vikings schedule: Season results

Week 1 — Minnesota Vikings beat Green Bay Packers, 23-7

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sun, Sep. 11 Vikings 23, Packers 7 4:25 PM FOX

Week 2 — Minnesota Vikings lose to Philadelphia Eagles, 24-7

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Mon, Sep. 19 Eagles 24, Vikings 7 8:30 PM ABC

Week 3 — Minnesota Vikings outlast Detriot Lions to win 28-24

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sun, Sep. 25 Vikings 28, Lions 24 1:00 PM FOX

Week 4 – @ New Orleans Saints (in London)

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sun, Oct. 2 Vikings 28, Saints 25 9:30 PM NFL Network
At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, UK

Minnesota Vikings 2022 schedule

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Week 6 – @ Miami Dolphins

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sun, Oct. 16 @ Dolphins 1:00 PM FOX
  • Sportsnaut’s prediction: Dolphins 30, Vikings 17

Related: NFL QB Rankings: Check our top-20 quarterbacks, where does Kirk Cousins fall?

Week 7 – Bye

Week 8 – vs Arizona Cardinals

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sun, Oct. 30 vs Cardinals 1:00 PM FOX
  • Sportsnaut’s prediction: Cardinals 34, Vikings 27

Week 9 – @ Washington Commanders

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sun, Nov. 6 @ Commanders 1:00 PM FOX
  • Sportsnaut’s prediction: Vikings 13, Commanders 10

Week 10 – @ Buffalo Bills

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sun, Nov. 13 @ Bills 1:00 PM FOX
  • Sportsnaut’s prediction: Bills 24, Vikings 20

Related: Justin Jefferson’s debut in Kevin O’Connell era reminding fans of Randy Moss

Week 11 – vs Dallas Cowboys

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sun, Nov. 20 vs Cowboys 4:25 PM CBS
  • Sportsnaut’s prediction: Vikings 37, Cowboys 30

Week 12 – vs New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sun, Nov. 24 vs Patriots 8:20 PM NBC
  • Sportsnaut’s prediction: Vikings 20, Patriots 14

Week 13 – vs New York Jets

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sun, Dec. 4 vs Jets 1:00 PM CBS
  • Sportsnaut’s prediction: Vikings 33, Jets 20
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Week 14 – @ Detroit Lions

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sun, Dec. 11 @ Lions 1:00 PM FOX
  • Sportsnaut’s prediction: Lions 28, Vikings 26

Week 15 – vs Indianapolis Colts

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
TBD vs Colts TBD TBD
  • Sportsnaut’s prediction: Vikings 24, Colts 23

Week 16 – vs New York Giants

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sat, Dec. 24 vs Giants 1:00 PM FOX
  • Sportsnaut’s prediction: Vikings 31, Giants 20

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Week 17 – @ Green Bay Packers

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
Sun, Jan. 1 @ Packers 4:25 PM CBS
  • Sportsnaut’s prediction: Packers 20, Vikings 13

Week 18 – @ Chicago Bears

Date: Matchup: Time (ET) TV Info
TBD @ Bears TBD TBD
  • Sportsnaut’s prediction: Vikings 28, Bears 20

Minnesota Vikings schedule prediction: 11-6, 2nd place in NFC North

The Vikings fully believe they have assembled a playoff squad. Until they prove otherwise, there’s no reason to think the 14th-ranked offense from 2021 can’t improve with coach O’Connell taking the reins and all their top contributors returning.

It could be a slow transition to a new defense, but they’ve assembled the pieces, on paper, to improve as a unit in 2022. They have a healthy mix of engrained veteran leadership on both sides of the ball, along with some players who are among the very best at their position. Vikings fans should be excited about this team heading into 2022. If coaching really was the issue, we’re about to find out whether they’ve found a solution.

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