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Vikings will open at home against the Packers, host the Patriots on Thanksgiving

 

Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Vikings safety Harrison Smith tackled Patriots receiver Danny Amendola during a 2014 game, the last time New England visited Minneapolis during the regular season.

For the first time in their 62-year history, the Vikings will host a game on Thanksgiving Day. They will face a team whose only trip to U.S. Bank Stadium came in Super Bowl LII.

The team will play host to the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving night in the last of the league's three games on the holiday. It will be the Vikings' ninth Thanksgiving game, and their first since back-to-back trips to Detroit in 2016 and 2017.

The Vikings will open the 2022 NFL season at home against the Packers on Sept. 11, marking the second time in three years they've started the year at home against their biggest rival. Before 2020 - which saw Aaron Rodgers use a hard count at will against the Vikings with the U.S. Bank Stadium stands empty - the Vikings had never played host to the Packers to start a season. This time, they likely won't have to worry about Rodgers operating in a tranquil environment.

https://www.startribune.com/vikings-2022-nfl-schedule-patriots-thanksgiving-packers-opener/600172796/

 

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