November 28, 2022

Keep your Vikings-Cowboys travel plans intact
October 31, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander. Mandatory Credit: Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports.

If you haven’t noticed, the Minnesota Vikings’ 2022 season is progressing pretty well, especially for a team with a freshman head coach.

Leading the NFC North, Minnesota is 7-1 for nine weeks, strangling the life of divisional aspirations from the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. And because the team got off to a quick start, the Vikings theorized a flextime candidate for Sunday night football.

Although this may still occur during week 13 and beyond, the November 20 Vikings-Cowboys game will not be downgraded in Week 11. Keep your travel plans intact. Instead, the NFL chose the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers contest as the SNSF Material.

The Cincinnati Bengals were scheduled to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night football in Week 11, but that game was moved to 3:25 p.m. CST.

Prescott vs. Vikings
November 10, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Danielle Hunter. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports.

Minnesota’s Dec. 4 home game against the New York Jets could still be flexed, and the NFL’s self-imposed deadline for the decision is Nov. 22. The Jets are an unexpected 6-3 in nine games, and few would have predicted the Vikings-Jets as flexible material, but here we are.

Still, Minnesota-Dallas will go down at 3:25 p.m. CST, the miniature version of prime time, at least for the Vikings, who typically play at noon CST.

Additionally, other Vikings games are eligible for flexible scheduling by the end of the season. The NFL defines the rule like this:

Flextimes will be used in weeks 11-18. Additionally, in weeks 5-10, flextimes can be used in a maximum of two weeks. In weeks 5-17, the schedule lists games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon matches can be moved to Sunday evening, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday evening match would be moved to an afternoon start time.


Realistically, the other Vikings game after the Cowboys and Jets that could catch the league’s attention is Week 16 against the New York Giants – Christmas Eve.

November 6, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports.

As for Dallas, well, Minnesota should pick up a win over the Cowboys at US Bank Stadium. The Vikings have hosted Dallas three times since the facility opened in 2016 and have lost each time.

But first, the Vikings take on the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium this Sunday in the noon CST timeslot. Buffalo is favored by six points.

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Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sal Spice. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).

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