With the Minnesota Vikings playing on Thursday night and improving their record to 9-2 on the season, Vikings fans will have to look elsewhere on Sunday for their football needs.
There aren’t a lot of landmark, must-see games this weekend due to the NFL having three of them on Thanksgiving Day, but there are still some hidden gems.
With the Vikings not playing on Sunday due to them having a Thursday night game. There is still a lot that can impact the Vikings and is worth watching this Sunday.
Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott (35) and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Akayleb Evans (21) in action at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
This game has a couple of interesting storylines for the Vikings. If the Packers win, it gets the Vikings one step closer to clinching the number one seed in the NFC.
If the Packers end up losing, it also helps the Vikings, but in a different way. A Packers loss would mean that they would need to win every game for the rest of the season and have the Vikings lose all of their games to have a shot at the division.
Chicago Bears vs. New York Jets
Oct 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler Sr. (3) strips the ball from Chicago Bears wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette (17) during the fourth quarter as safety Harrison Smith (22) gets ready for the tackle at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings will play both of these teams over the course of the final six weeks with the Bears in week 18 and the Jets next week in week 13. Despite assumptions that quarterback Justin Fields will likely miss the game for the Bears, What this game can show us is a preview of the Jets and what both their offense and defense look like. They won’t be using an identical game plan, but it will give you a semblance of who they are.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) pulls in a catch on the way to his career-first touchdown in the second quarter of the NFL Week One game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. The Bengals led 14-7 at halftime.
Minnesota Vikings At Cincinnati Bengals
The Vikings don’t play either of these two teams this season unless they were to meet them in the Super Bowl. This is a rematch of a very entertaining divisional round game from last season where the Bengals won on a last-second field goal 19-16. The Titans are still finding ways to win and sit at 7-3 despite a lot of injuries on both sides. The Bengals are likely to get back star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase as well, making this game very appealing to watch.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Aug 20, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) drops back to pass during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
This game looked like a great game on paper before the season, but the schedule makers weren’t expecting the Rams to be atrocious. They will also be without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford who is in concussion protocol for the second time this month. Dual-threat Bryce Perkins will get his first NFL start and it’s always fun to watch Patrick Mahomes play football.