3 Games for Vikings Fans to Keep an Eye on this Sunday

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The Minnesota Vikings will not play on Sunday afternoon, meaning fans of the purple team have a stress-free Sunday of football.

Instead, the Vikings will take on the Chicago Bears to conclude Week 12 on Monday Night Football. Prior to this game, here are 3 games for Vikings fans to keep an eye on this Sunday afternoon.

3 Games to Watch on Sunday

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

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Nov 5, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes the ball against the Chicago Bears during the second half at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings have already played both of the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints this season, winning their games against both NFC South foes.

However, the two teams can still impact the NFC standings over the final eight weeks of the season. Atlanta sits at 4-6 while New Orleans leads the division at 5-5.

If the Falcons were to beat the Saints on Sunday, they would jump into a tie with New Orleans for the division lead at 5-6. This would further muddy the waters in the NFC considering the Packers also won on Thanksgiving to improve to 5-6.

Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos

Nov 19, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) reacts after the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos defeated the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday night by a score of 21-20 to extend their winning streak to four games. The streak has come via some improved play, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

This weekend, Denver is set to take on the Cleveland Browns, a team that has proven themselves as one of the best in the NFL this season at 7-3. They are without QB Deshaun Watson in this game, but they have been playing without him at points this season already and have still found success.

If Denver is able to win this game, Vikings fans should feel much better about a close loss on the road against an up-and-coming team.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings will be on their bye following their Monday night game against the Bears, but after that bye, they will take on the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 14 to begin their closing stretch of the regular season.

Vikings fans can get a sneak peek of Minnesota’s next opponent as they play host to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Raiders have won two of their last three games to improve to 5-6 on the season behind some strong defense.

Just a week ago, the Raiders held the Miami Dolphins to only 20 points at home. Miami has been playing some terrific football at home this season, so despite a loss, this was a very impressive performance from their defense. Sunday will help determine if this was a one-off game or not.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.