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NFL releases 2023 schedule

The Minnesota Vikings embark on their 63rd NFL season in 2023 with a schedule featuring five primetime games. Three of the primetime matchups will be at U.S. Bank Stadium, including two Monday Night Football contests, marking the first time since 2010 the Vikings will host games on two Monday nights in a single season.

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In Week 1, the Vikings host their home opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the fifth time for the teams to meet in a season opener. The game is scheduled for a noon CT kickoff on Sept. 10 on CBS.

Minnesota will play the first of its primetime games in 2023 in a road matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2 on Thursday Night Football at 7:15 p.m. CT, the first TNF on Prime Video for the Minnesota Vikings. In the club’s second primetime game, the club will host the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, the first of two MNF games on the schedule, with the club also hosting the Chicago Bears in Week 12 on Monday, Nov. 27, at 7:15 p.m. CT.

The Vikings will welcome the Los Angeles Chargers to U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 3, the first time the Chargers will play at U.S. Bank Stadium in a regular-season game and the first time LB Eric Kendricks will face the team that drafted him in 2015. Minnesota will then travel to the Carolina Panthers in Week 4 to face another former Viking in WR Adam Thielen in a noon CT kickoff.

After the Vikings return from Carolina, the team clashes with the reigning Super Bowl Champions, Kansas City, when the Chiefs make their first appearance at U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 5. Minnesota then hits the road to Chicago for the 62nd time in series history in 2023 and looks to extend its road-win streak against the Bears to four games, which would match Minnesota’s 1997-2000 teams for the longest win streak at Chicago in team history.

Following the trip to Chicago, Minnesota returns home to play the San Francisco 49ers on MNF in Week 7, looking to grasp their first win against the 49ers since 2018 in the club’s second prime-time game of the season.

The Vikings then hit the road for consecutive weeks, first traveling to Green Bay for their second division matchup of 2023 in Week 8 and then to Atlanta in Week 9, as the club aims for its third consecutive road win in Atlanta.

Minnesota returns from Atlanta to play the New Orleans Saints in Week 10 for the second season in a row and the fourth time, including playoffs, the Saints have visited U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings and Saints met in London in 2022 as part of the NFL’s International Series, where K Greg Joseph capped the game with a 47-yard game-winner in the final minute of regulation.

After the Week 10 matchup at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings travel for a primetime matchup at Denver, the club’s first time playing there in the regular season since 2015. The Vikings-Broncos game is set for a 7:20 p.m. CT kickoff time on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Minnesota then returns home to face the Chicago Bears on MNF in Week 12 prior to the team’s bye week in Week 13, the latest bye week (Dec. 3) in team history.

Following Minnesota’s bye in Week 13, the team will begin a two-game away stand and play Las Vegas for the first time in a regular season since the Raiders moved to Las Vegas in 2020. In Week 14, the Vikings and Bengals will clash in Paycor Stadium (formerly Paul Brown Stadium), with the time and date of this game not yet set due to the NFL’s flexible scheduling.

Minnesota will play its final two home games against NFC North foes, hosting the Lions in Week 16 on Christmas Eve at noon CT and the Packers in Week 17 on New Year’s Eve at 7:20 p.m. CT, the last of Minnesota’s prime-time games in 2023.

The Vikings will end their season at Ford Field in Week 18, with the date and time of this game yet to be announced due to the NFL’s flexible scheduling.

Minnesota’s preseason schedule includes a game at the Seattle Seahawks and home games against the Tennessee Titans and the Arizona Cardinals. Dates and times will be announced when finalized.