The 2023 NFL Schedule Release Has Officially Been Set

2023 NFL Schedule Release
Jan 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; A general view of U.S. Bank Stadium before the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

After a report from Peter King on Monday morning that suggested the 2023 NFL schedule release could be delayed, the league officially announced during the afternoon that the schedule will officially be released on Thursday, May 11th.

Feb 13, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (left) and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell pose with Vince Lombardi and most valuable player trophies during the Super Bowl 57 Winning Team Head Coach and MVP press conference at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 272-game regular season schedule will be released via a 3-hour show scheduled to begin at 8 PM EST on NFL Network. The official NFL media report describes the show as follows:

NFL Network’s coverage will be highlighted by Schedule Release ’23 presented by Verizon at 8:00 PM ET which breaks down the 2023 NFL regular season schedule, division by division, analyzing the top matchups and primetime games. Rich Eisen and Colleen Wolfe host the three-hour show, joined by analysts Maurice Jones-Drew and Emmanuel Sanders.

Live streaming of NFL Network is available across multiple devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or, the NFL Network app on smartphones and tablets for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers, and for NFL+ subscribers.

Coverage on NFL+ will be highlighted by Players Only Schedule Release at 8:00 PM ET, which features host Andrew Siciliano, analyst Daniel Jeremiah and running back Mark Ingram reacting to the 2023 schedule. Los Angeles Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson, and New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu and defensive end Cam Jordan join as guests.

Jan 7, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) prepares to take the snap against the Las Vegas Raiders in the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN is set to have their own coverage of the schedule release as well, with a 2-hour show hosted by Mina Kimes, Dan Orlovsky, and Marcus Spears while also featuring Field Yates and other guests. This coverage will take place on ESPN2 and also begins at 8 PM EST.

The big hang-up in the formation of this schedule seemingly has been creating the matchups for the primetime games (according to the aforementioned Peter King report), but in a meeting this afternoon, it appears they hashed out all the details in order to remain on track for Thursday’s release.

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Feb 28, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo Mensah speaks to the press at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve already known for months the Minnesota Vikings slate of opponents for this upcoming season, and which teams the Vikings will play on the road or at home. However, this schedule release will officially set the order for the Vikings opponents this season. Here’s a look at the Vikings home opponents for the 2023 season along with their records from 2022:

  • Chicago Bears (3-14)
  • Detroit Lions (9-8)
  • Green Bay Packers (8-9)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (14-3)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (10-7)
  • New Orleans Saints (7-10)
  • San Francisco 49ers (13-4)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-9)

And here are the road opponents for the 2023 Vikings along with their records from 2022:

  • Atlanta Falcons (7-10)
  • Carolina Panthers (7-10)
  • Chicago Bears (3-14)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (12-5)
  • Denver Broncos (5-12)
  • Detroit Lions (9-8)
  • Green Bay Packers (8-9)
  • Las Vegas Raiders (6-11)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (14-3)

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of 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.