The NFL definitely relishes sending the Chicago Bears to U.S. Financial institution Stadium for the final normal year recreation of the year, but it does not extravagant Monday night video games at U.S. Financial institution Stadium.
Considering that the erection of the Minnesota Vikings new home in 2016, the purple crew has confronted the Bears in its last home activity of the season just about every period. 6 consecutive many years. And it is generally the closing activity of the 12 months, aside from the 2020 split when the NFL sent Minnesota on the street to Detroit in 7 days 17. But even in that season, the Vikings played the Bears at U.S. Lender Stadium in 7 days 15 (the Vikings last dwelling activity of the yr).
So, that is a documented pastime for the NFL, sending the Bears to Minnesota for the Vikings final home video game.
Equally flummoxing is the absence of Monday night game titles in Minneapolis considering the fact that 7 days 1 of the 2017 time. Sam Bradford and the Vikings opened the 2017 campaign at residence versus the New Orleans Saints and downed their non-divisional foe on September 11, 2017.
Soon after that, the Vikings have played just 1 Monday evening match at residence, a 2019 decline to the Inexperienced Bay Packers. Za’Darius Smith, now a member of the Vikings, was terroristic that match.
In truth, given that the 2017 7 days 1 match towards the Saints, the Vikings have played (or are slated to enjoy) six of the past 7 Monday evening games on the highway. The tally climbed to 6 on Monday when the Vikings were being announced as — you guessed it — street opponents on Monday Night Football at the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2 this September.
Is this irregular? Of course. Yes, it is.
The Packers have hosted five Monday evening dwelling games since 7 days 1 of 2017. So have the 49ers, Saints, and Eagles.
If the Vikings have been a weak staff in the course of the timeframe, the methodology in scheduling would be explainable. Alas, they are not. Because the start of 2017, Minnesota is the NFL’s 11th-most effective workforce for each win share, besting franchises like the Cowboys, Chargers, Buccaneers — and aforementioned 49ers and Eagles.
The only comparable illustration — which is also bizarre — is the New England Patriots. In the past five seasons, New England has hosted just a person Monday evening recreation at dwelling. And they are the NFL’s fourth-very best crew per win percentage considering the fact that 2017.
The comprehensive NFL routine will proceed to drop inch by inch this 7 days. In its place of saying all games at when — like it applied to — the league is oozing out matchups by television community.
Maybe the Vikings will have some property Monday nighters, and all of this will be forgiven.
It could be worse, nevertheless. The Indianapolis Colts haven’t hosted a Monday evening recreation considering the fact that 2015. And it’s been 11 several years for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his each day YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every single Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates again to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).