A Slice of Vikings History for Thanksgiving

Nov 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; A Thanksgiving Day sign before the game between the Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, we received firm confirmation that the Minnesota Vikings will indeed be playing on Thanksgiving.

Getting the chance to play on Thanksgiving can be a lot of fun. The football is often exciting; several teams get to participate in back-to-back-to-back games where they have a monopoly on the viewers. While Minnesota has played on Thanksgiving several times, they’ve never been the host.

That will change in 2022. For the first time ever, the Minnesota Vikings will host a game on Thanksgiving, as Will Ragatz points out.

A lot of Vikings fans are feeling hopeful about the team’s chances in 2022. A new GM and HC can do that, especially with some notable additions to the roster. Za’Darius Smith, Chris Reed, Lewis Cine, and Andrew Booth Jr. should all make the team more challenging to matchup against (with the key word being “should”). Many of us are expecting a bounce back year.

Of course, many of us felt the same way last season. Initially, I thought that Bashaud Breeland was a good signing. Instead, he was horrible. The hope that the defense would bounce back was undone by injury, underperforming free agents, and historically-bad play at the end of the half.

It’s last season’s lousy record (and 2020’s) that feeds into Minnesota only getting a couple prime time games in the 2022 schedule. One will occur in Week 2 when the Vikings travel to Philadelphia for the Monday Nighter. The other is the aforementioned game against the Patriots.

For Thanksgiving in 2022, the Minnesota Vikings will host a game against the Patriots. Hopefully, you get the chance to step away from work and enjoy it with family and friends.