NFL approving 17th game means Vikings visit Chargers in 2021
March 31, 2021
NFL owners decided to expand the regular season to 17 games Tuesday, in a widely expected decision that could have repercussions for both player health and the league's record books.
The Vikings' added game will be against the Chargers in Los Angeles, meaning the Vikings have eight home games and nine road games. It will be their second trip to L.A. to face the Chargers in three years, and their first trip to SoFi Stadium (the site of Super Bowl LVI).
Commissioner Roger Goodell, when asked on a conference call about player safety, said cutting to three preseason games means teams still play 20 games; he added there are more injuries in preseason games than in regular-season games.