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Vikings 2021 Strength of Schedule 5th-Hardest in NFL – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia 2021-05-11 14:37:09 –

Craig Peters

EAGAN, Minn. – If the Minnesota Vikings are to continue a recent trend of making the postseason in odd-numbered years, they will have to do well against the fifth-hardest 2021 NFL schedule, based on opponents’ win percentages in 2020.

The teams that Minnesota will face this fall combined to go 144-127-1 for a win percentage of .531 last season.

While last year’s results don’t have a direct correlation to what happens this season and a significant amount has changed across the league, it’s still interesting to compare each team’s slate.

Reminders: The NFL uses a rotational format that has been in place since 2002 when the league introduced eight four-team divisions.

NFC North teams are due this season to play NFC West and AFC North teams. The strength of those divisions last season helped create a jumbling of teams from the NFC North that can expect tough sledding. All four “Norse” teams and three AFC North squads will face the seven-toughest schedules in all of football.

Brand new for 2021: NFL Owners opted to add a 17th game for the first expansion to the regular-season schedule since 1978. NFC North teams were matched against AFC West teams that finished in corresponding order. Minnesota’s third-place showing a season ago means a matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium, the site of Super Bowl LVI.

AFC teams are hosting nine games this season; NFC teams will get a ninth home game in 2022. The conferences will alternate in subsequent years, assuming the 17-game format lasts a while.

In addition to annual home-and-away contests with the Packers, Bears and Lions, the Vikings are scheduled to host the Browns, Steelers, Cowboys, Rams and Seahawks and visit the Bengals, Ravens, Panthers, Cardinals, 49ers and Chargers.

Dates and times for each of those contests will be announced on vikings.com and the team’s social media platforms at 6:45 p.m. (CT) Wednesday. Be sure to flag vikings.com/schedule and tune-in to “Schedule Release ’21 Presented by Verizon” at 7 p.m. (CT) on NFL Network. Vikings platforms will deliver additional analysis.

Minnesota Vikings 2021 Opponents

Until then, here’s a list of the toughest 2021 schedules based on 2020 results, with special credit to eatdrinkandsleepfootball.com for running the numbers.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

Strength of 2021 schedule: .574 (155-115-2)

2021 home opponents: Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Bears, Broncos, Lions, Raiders, Seahawks, Titans

2021 road opponents: Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Bills, Packers, Chiefs, Chargers, Vikings

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 9

2. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

Strength of schedule: .563 (152-118-2)

2021 home opponents: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Packers, Colts, Chiefs, Chargers, Rams, Vikings

2021 road opponents: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Bears, Broncos, Lions, Raiders, Dolphins

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 8

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3. Chicago Bears (8-8)

Strength of schedule: .550 (149-122-1)

2021 home opponents: Lions, Packers, Vikings, Cardinals, Ravens, Bengals, Giants, 49ers

2021 road opponents: Lions, Packers, Vikings, Browns, Raiders, Rams, Steelers, Seahawks, Buccaneers

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 8

4. Green Bay Packers (13-3)

Strength of schedule: .542 (147-124-1)

2021 home opponents: Bears, Lions, Vikings, Browns, Rams, Steelers, Seahawks, Wash. Football Team

2021 road opponents: Bears, Lions, Vikings, Cardinals, Ravens, Bengals, Chiefs, Saints, 49ers

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 7

5. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

Strength of schedule: .531 (144-127-1)

2021 home opponents: Bears, Lions, Packers, Browns, Cowboys, Rams, Steelers, Seahawks

2021 road opponents: Bears, Lions, Packers, Cardinals, Ravens, Panthers, Bengals, Chargers, 49ers

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 7

T-6. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

Strength of schedule: .529 (144-128-0)

2021 home opponents: Ravens, Browns, Steelers, Packers, Jaguars, Chiefs, Chargers, Vikings, 49ers

2021 road opponents: Ravens, Browns, Steelers, Bears, Broncos, Lions, Raiders, Jets

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 8

T-6. Detroit Lions (5-11)

Strength of schedule: .529 (143-127-2)

2021 home opponents: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Cardinals, Ravens, Bengals, Eagles, 49ers

2021 road opponents: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Falcons, Browns, Broncos, Rams, Steelers, Seahawks

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 7

8. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)

Strength of schedule: .526 (142-128-2)

2021 home opponents: Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Ravens, Bears, Bengals, Dolphins, Eagles, Wash. Football Team

2021 road opponents: Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Browns, Cowboys, Colts, Giants, Steelers

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 7

9. Cleveland Browns (11-5)

Strength of schedule: .518 (140-130-2)

2021 home opponents: Ravens, Bengals, Steelers, Cardinals, Bears, Broncos, Lions, Texans, Raiders

2021 road opponents: Ravens, Bengals, Steelers, Packers, Chiefs, Chargers, Vikings, Patriots

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 6

10. Los Angeles Rams (10-6)

Strength of schedule: .515 (140-132)

2021 home opponents: Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks, Bears, Lions, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Titans

2021 road opponents: Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks, Ravens, Packers, Texans, Colts, Vikings, Giants

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 7

T-11. Seattle Seahawks (12-4)

Strength of schedule: .511 (139-133)

2021 home opponents: Cardinals, Rams, 49ers, Bears, Lions, Jaguars, Saints, Titans

2021 road opponents: Cardinals, Rams, 49ers, Packers, Texans, Colts, Vikings, Steelers, Wash. Football Team

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 7

T-11. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)

Strength of schedule: .511 (138-132-2)

2021 home opponents: Broncos, Raiders, Chargers, Bills, Browns, Cowboys, Packers, Giants, Steelers

2021 road opponents: Broncos, Raiders, Chargers, Ravens, Bengals, Eagles, Titans, Wash. Football Team

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 6

T-13. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

Strength of schedule: .507 (138-134)

2021 home opponents: Rams, 49ers, Seahawks, Panthers, Packers, Texans, Colts, Vikings

2021 road opponents: Rams, 49ers, Seahawks, Bears, Browns, Cowboys, Lions, Jaguars, Titans

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 8

T-13. Tennessee Titans (11-5)

Strength of schedule: .507 (138-134)

2021 home opponents: Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Cardinals, Bills, Chiefs, Dolphins, Saints, 49ers

2021 road opponents: Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Rams, Patriots, Jets, Steelers, Seahawks

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 9

T-15. Houston Texans (4-12)

Strength of schedule: .504 (137-135)

2021 home opponents: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Panthers, Chargers, Rams, Patriots, Jets, Seahawks

2021 road opponents: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Cardinals, Bills, Browns, Dolphins, 49ers

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 9

T-15. Washington Football Team (7-9)

Strength of schedule: .504 (136-134-2)

2021 home opponents: Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Chiefs, Chargers, Saints, Seahawks, Buccaneers

2021 road opponents: Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Falcons, Bills, Panthers, Broncos, Packers, Raiders

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 6

17. Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)

Strength of schedule: .493 (133-137-2)

2021 home opponents: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Browns, Cowboys, Vikings, Patriots, Giants, Steelers

2021 road opponents: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Ravens, Bengals, Texans, Eagles, Wash. Football Team

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 5

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)

Strength of schedule: .491 (133-138-1)

2021 home opponents: Texans, Colts, Titans, Falcons, Cardinals, Bills, Broncos, Dolphins, 49ers

2021 road opponents: Texans, Colts, Titans, Bengals, Rams, Patriots, Jets, Seahawks

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 8

T-19. New England Patriots (7-9)

Strength of schedule: .489 (133-139)

2021 home opponents: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Browns, Cowboys, Jaguars, Saints, Buccaneers, Titans

2021 road opponents: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Falcons, Panthers, Texans, Colts, Chargers

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 9

T-19. New York Jets (2-14)

Strength of schedule: .489 (132-138-2)

2021 home opponents: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Bengals, Jaguars, Saints, Eagles, Buccaneers, Titans

2021 road opponents: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Falcons, Panthers, Broncos, Texans, Colts

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 8

T-19. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

Strength of schedule: .489 (132-138-2)

2021 home opponents: Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks, Falcons, Packers, Texans, Colts, Vikings

2021 road opponents: Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks, Bears, Bengals, Lions, Jaguars, Eagles, Titans

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 7

22. New Orleans Saints (12-4)

Strength of schedule: .483 (131-140-1)

2021 home opponents: Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers, Bills, Cowboys, Packers, Dolphins, Giants

2021 road opponents: Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Seahawks, Titans, Wash. Football Team

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 7

T-23. Buffalo Bills (13-3)

Strength of schedule: .478 (130-142)

2021 home opponents: Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Falcons, Panthers, Texans, Colts, Steelers, Wash. Football Team

2021 road opponents: Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Jaguars, Chiefs, Saints, Buccaneers, Titans

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 8

T-23. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

Strength of schedule: .478 (130-142)

2021 home opponents: Texans, Jaguars, Titans, Raiders, Rams, Patriots, Jets, Seahawks, Buccaneers

2021 road opponents: Texans, Jaguars, Titans, Cardinals, Ravens, Bills, Dolphins, 49ers

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 8

25. New York Giants (6-10)

Strength of schedule: .474 (128-142-2)

2021 home opponents: Cowboys, Eagles, Wash. Football Team, Falcons, Panthers, Broncos, Raiders, Rams

2021 road opponents: Cowboys, Eagles, Wash. Football Team, Bears, Chiefs, Chargers, Dolphins, Saints, Buccaneers

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 5

26. Carolina Panthers (5-11)

Strength of schedule: .472 (128-143-1)

2021 home opponents: Falcons, Saints, Buccaneers, Vikings, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Wash. Football Team

2021 road opponents: Falcons, Saints, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Bills, Cowboys, Texans, Dolphins, Giants

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 6

T-27. Denver Broncos (5-11)

Strength of schedule: .471 (127-143-2)

2021 home opponents: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Ravens, Bengals, Lions, Jets, Eagles, Wash. Football Team

2021 road opponents: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Browns, Cowboys, Jaguars, Giants, Steelers

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 5

T-27. Miami Dolphins (10-6)

Strength of schedule: .471 (128-144)

2021 home opponents: Bills, Patriots, Jets, Falcons, Ravens, Panthers, Texans, Colts, Giants

2021 road opponents: Bills, Patriots, Jets, Jaguars, Raiders, Saints, Buccaneers, Titans

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 7

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)

Strength of schedule: .465 (126-145-1)

2021 home opponents: Falcons, Panthers, Saints, Bills, Bears, Cowboys, Dolphins, Giants

2021 road opponents: Falcons, Panthers, Saints, Colts, Rams, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Wash. Football Team

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 6

30. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)

Strength of schedule: .454 (123-148-1)

2021 home opponents: Panthers, Saints, Buccaneers, Lions, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Wash. Football Team

2021 road opponents: Panthers, Saints, Buccaneers, Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, Dolphins, Giants, 49ers

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 6

31. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

Strength of schedule: .452 (122-148-2)

2021 home opponents: Giants, Eagles, Wash. Football Team, Cardinals, Falcons, Panthers, Broncos, Raiders

2021 road opponents: Giants, Eagles, Wash. Football Team, Chiefs, Chargers, Vikings, Patriots, Saints, Buccaneers

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 3

32. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)

Strength of schedule: .430 (117-155)

2021 home opponents: Cowboys, Giants, Wash. Football Team, Chiefs, Chargers, Saints, 49ers, Buccaneers

2021 road opponents: Cowboys, Giants, Wash. Football Team, Falcons, Panthers, Broncos, Lions, Raiders, Jets

Games against teams with 10-plus wins last season: 3

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