The most challenging game in the Vikings 2022 schedule

The most challenging game in the Vikings 2022 schedule

January 15, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; A Buffalo Bills fan. © Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports.

While the Minnesota Vikings face the Green Bay Packers twice and the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots at home — all tricky opponents — the team’s most challenging game is against an AFC team on the road.

That is Week 10 at the Buffalo Bills.

January 15, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo has knocked on the door of a Super Bowl two years in a row, but each time has been roughly brushed aside by Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Because of Josh Allen’s development and feeling “that close,” the Bills are favored by oddsmakers to reach and win the Super Bowl.

The 2022 Bills are a team that even if the Vikings had an insane record like 8-0 towards Buffalo, the matchup is still deadly. It’s not going to be cold-cold in Buffalo on November 13th. But over the past two seasons, the Bills have been the third-best home team in the NFL and have a 13-4 (.765) record as of early 2020. Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers did better at home.

Over the same period, the Vikings are 7-10 (.412) on the go – the 22nd best mark in the league. In short, the Bills are a fabulous home team, while the Vikings are a bottom 12-road team, at least as of late.

Longtime Vikings players can have brain revenge. In 2018, a season that didn’t take much from the Bills, Buffalo stormed into US Bank Stadium and ripped off the Vikings during a Week 3 game. Minnesota still had an NFC championship reputation, Josh Allen was a wait-and-see rookie, and the Bills beat the Vikings 27-6 in Minneapolis. Allen also cleared his infamous hurdle during the showdown.

09/23/2018; Minneapolis, Minn., USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

A final storyline – Dalvin Cook’s brother James now plays for the Bills, a 2nd round draft pick from Georgia. Buffalo has had a number of years of experience with production being scaled back and relies on Allen to do most of the damage locally, particularly at critical points in games.

The Vikings and Bills roster could look completely different by mid-November as injuries usually plague the depth charts. Regardless of how good the Vikings look in the first half of the 2022 season, the trip to Buffalo for a date with Allen and Diggs has been the toughest game on the schedule for now.

On the other hand, if the Vikings can squash the scores in New York, it’ll be time to officially rejoice as a fan.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday Raun saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed Guilty Pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (the band).

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