The Vikings are looking for a fourth playoff berth in the last six seasons under coach Mike Zimmer heading into 2020.
Minnesota finished 10-6 and advanced to the NFC Divisional Playoffs last year, and Kirk Cousins will try to build on that in his third year as the team’s starting quarterback. The schedule is tougher this season — especially on the road — and Gary Kubiak is now the full-time offensive coordinator after Kevin Stefanski left for Cleveland.
Minnesota has a team capable of making another playoff run. Here is a breakdown of their 2020 schedule.
Here is a complete breakdown of the Minnesota Vikings’ 2020 schedule, including dates and start times for all 16 games and our early prediction.
Minnesota Vikings schedule 2020
- Home: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Carolina, Atlanta, Dallas, Jacksonville, Tennessee
- Away: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Indianapolis, Houston
(The Vikings’ schedule will be released Thursday at 8 p.m. ET along with the entire 2020 NFL schedule.)
(For Canadian viewers, each game can be streamed on DAZN.)
The Vikings have a 35-15 record at home under Zimmer, a 70 percent winning that ranks fifth best in the NFL since 2014. That home record should bode well against a nonconference schedule filled with teams that struggled on the road last season.
Minnesota will have to protect its home-field too, because the road schedule is tougher than usual. The Vikings have four road games against teams that won 10 games or more last season.
Vikings strength of schedule & prediction
Minnesota’s opponents combined for a 131-123-2 record last season; a .516 record that means the Vikings will face the 10th toughest schedule by record. A total of 12 games are against teams that won seven games or more last season; meaning there are few breaks for Minnesota.
Toughest tests: Green Bay, New Orleans and Houston combined for a 20-7 record at home last season, and the Vikings must play all three on the road. It won’t be easy going against Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Deshaun Watson, but those aren’t the only road tests.
Minnesota also travels to Tampa Bay, Seattle and Indianapolis. That means Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Philip Rivers on the road, too. Cousins was 4-4 as a starter on the road last season, and his home-and-road splits aren’t that different. He’ll have to be on top of his game.
Biggest breaks: Dallas, Jacksonville, Atlanta and Carolina combined for a 12-19 record on the on the road last season, and that’s a stretch Minnesota should be able to take advantage given their track record at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Bottom line: Minnesota is making the playoffs every other year under Zimmer, and that is partially because of a 18-17-1 record in the NFC North in that stretch. The rivalries with the Packers and Bears loom large, and the Lions cannot be taken for granted.
Minnesota enjoyed a fantastic NFL Draft, and that depth should make a difference in those black-and-blue-games. It’s a toss-up with the Packers for the division, and it comes down to how Minnesota fares in those tough road contests. Can Cousins go 4-4 again?
Record prediction: 10-6