The Minnesota Vikings won’t have a home preseason game in 2020. According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, the NFL is cutting weeks one and four from their 2020 preseason schedule.
The reasoning is “players will need longer to get into football shape.” Teams have had less opportunity to help their players work out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organized team activities, OTAs, are normally held in late spring, but were axed this season. Team facilities have been open for voluntary workouts since mid-May.
This decision means the Vikings will not play either of their two preseason games at home. They were scheduled to play the Houston Texans on August 14th and the Seattle Seahawks on September 3rd. The Vikings will still, for now, play the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns on the 21st and 30th of August, respectively.
This could be an especially bad problem for the Vikings who have a huge rookie class with 27 players who have yet to play a down in the NFL. Couple that with an inexperienced cornerback room and you have a recipe for potential disaster.
Hopefully, when the team is able to resume normal activities the new guys and young players can gel quickly. That is of course assuming that the team gets to play any football in 2020.