Vikings 2023 schedule will have intriguing story lines, and here's a preview


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Vikings opponents this season will include Patrick Mahomes coming to town, the Vikings facing Jordan love and a trip to Carolina to play Adam Thielen and the Panthers.

Though the exact dates and times of their 2023 regular-season games will be released to the world Thursday, the Vikings have known their opponents for months. And while their top-heavy schedule includes matchups with all four 2022 AFC and NFC finalists, the difficult set of games is balanced out by matchups against teams in transition.

The Vikings will face the Chiefs, Bengals, Eagles and 49ers in 2023, traveling to Philadelphia for the second consecutive season and making their second trip to Cincinnati in three years. They will see Patrick Mahomes at U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time, and thanks to their first-place NFC North schedule, they'll also have a home date with the NFC West champion 49ers.

But even with those matchups against some of the NFL's best, the Vikings' 2023 schedule is ranked only the 18th-toughest in the league, with their opponents going 143-145 in 2022. They will play seven games against teams with new starting quarterbacks, including two against the Packers with Jordan Love set to take over for Aaron Rodgers and one against the Panthers with No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young expected to start as a rookie.


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