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Minnesota Vikings’ 2017 Opponents Narrowed Down

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With a couple of weeks left in the season, we’re starting to get an idea of who the Vikings will be playing in 2017.

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Last week, we got the news that we already know one of the Minnesota Vikings’ games for the 2017 season, as they will be traveling to London in either Week 7 or 8 to take on the Cleveland Browns. That game functions as a road game for the Vikings, as the Browns will serve as the home team for that contest.

With the 2016 regular season coming to an end, we’re starting to get more of a feel for how the Vikings’ 2017 schedule will look, or at least which teams the purple and gold will be playing.

The Vikings will be matched up with the NFC South and the AFC North for next season. Here’s what the matchups currently look like with that in mind.

Home Games: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, NFC West (TBD)

Away Games: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns (in London), Pittsburgh Steelers, NFC East (TBD)

The home game against an NFC West team and the road game against an NFC East team will be determined by which team finishes in the same spot as the Vikings in their respective division. Since the Vikings can’t finish first or fourth in the NFC North (as they’ve been eliminated from division title contention and the Bears have the cellar wrapped up), they will play either the second or third place finisher in those two divisions.

In the West, things have been narrowed down a bit. Like the NFC North, the first and last spots in the West have already been decided. At the top, the Seattle Seahawks are already the division champions, while the San Francisco 49ers will occupy the bottom spot. That means, depending on where the Vikings finish in the North, they will play either the Arizona Cardinals or the Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium. Right now, it looks like the Cardinals will finish second and the Rams in third.

The East is a little more unsettled at this point. While the Washington Redskins are locked into third place and the Philadelphia Eagles already have dibs on the bottom spot in the East, the first two spots are still up in the air. Second place will go to the loser of the race between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants, so the Vikings have three potential NFC East opponents for 2017. Depending on where they finish, the Vikings will be making a trip to either JerryWorld, MetLife Stadium, or FedEx Field in 2017. With the Cowboys currently at 12-2 and the Giants at 10-4 (after handing the Cowboys both of their losses by a combined total of four points), it looks like Dallas is the odds-on favorite to win the East, but there’s still some football left to be played.

We should know by the end of the weekend which teams the Vikings will be facing in 2017. Then all we have to do is wait three or four months for the schedule to come out. Won’t that be fun?