The Minnesota Vikings Finalize Their 2021 Preseason Schedule
We’ve known for a few weeks now who the Vikings will be playing in the 2021 preseason. On Thursday, the Vikings announced the dates and times for each of their three preseason games on the 2021 schedule. Normally preseason games only gain so much fanfare, but because of the Covid-era, a return to stadiums for exhibition games will be met with more open arms than normal.
The Vikings will host the Denver Broncos on Saturday, August 14 at 3 PM (CT) as fans fill U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time since December 29, 2019 (ironically, the Vikings ended their 2019 regular season that day by playing their backups in a meaningless game against the Bears). Many Denver fans live within the Midwest, and because the Broncos are an AFC team, those fans only get so many chances to go somewhere other than Arrowhead to see their team play. Expect a good turnout for Game 1.
This game will also come on the heels of the two teams holding joint practices. Familiar faces from Denver will include general manager George Paton, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, running back Mike Boone, and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen. If we’re lucky, we’ll see a certain longtime rival at quarterback as well.
Minnesota stays at home the following week on Saturday, August 21 at 7 PM (CT) when they play the Indianapolis Colts. With the preseason cut by one game this year, it is safe to assume that this will be treated like the traditional third preseason game that we are accustomed to. The Colts have made the playoffs two of the past three seasons, and with Carson Wentz reunited with his old offensive coordinator Frank Reich, expect Indianapolis to be good again and for this to be a good measuring stick on how far the defense has come along since last year’s disaster.
The final game of the 2021 preseason schedule is on Friday, August 27 at 7 PM (CT) when the Vikings travel to Kansas City. As those of us who went to the 2019 Vikings-Chiefs regular-season game know, the trip to Arrowhead can very well be shorter than the trip up to Minneapolis. Expect lots of Vikings fans in attendance as Kellen Mond likely gets his most playing time of the preseason.