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EAGAN, Minn. — The wait is nearly over.
The Vikings will be able to release their 2023 Schedule at 7 p.m. (CT) Thursday on Vikings.com, the Vikings App and social channels.
After going 13-4 and winning the NFC North in Head Coach Kevin O'Connell's first season, the Vikings will face all four 2022 conference championship teams (49ers and Eagles from the NFC; Chiefs and Bengals from the AFC) for the second time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (the other time was 1984).
It will be the 28th time (in 57 opportunities) for Minnesota to face the defending Super Bowl Champions the following season.
Those elements, plus a few others, have led many to be weary of the Vikings 2023 NFL slate.
But based solely on last season's win percentage of this year's foes, the Vikings are tied with the Chicago Bears for the 18th-hardest schedule.
The 2023 opponents for those teams combined for win percentages of .497 in 2022.
Chicago's 3-14 mark last season brought down the win percentages for Minnesota's opponents, offsetting the fact the Vikings will face five teams that won at least 12 games last season.
Detroit is just under those division rivals at 20th (.495), and Green Bay is nearby at 24th (.476).
Conversely, the strength of the NFC East last year — Philadelphia (14-3), Dallas (12-5), New York Giants (9-7-1) and Washington (8-8-1) — has positioned the Eagles to play the toughest schedule based off last year's results. Their opponents combined for a win percentage of .566 last season.
Miami is next at .554, and the Giants, Patriots and Cowboys are tied at .549 for the top five.
The teams with the five easiest schedules based off last year's results are the Falcons (.417), Saints (.427), Texans (.431), Colts (.434) and Titans (.448).
Much changes from year to year with every NFL team, but the squads facing the toughest schedules at the start of a season (by this metric) have missed the playoffs in five of the past six seasons (2017 Broncos, 2018 Packers, 2019 Raiders, 2020 Patriots and 2022 Rams). The lone exception was the 2021 Steelers, who made the postseason with a 9-7-1 record.
Four of the past six teams with the easiest schedules have made the playoffs. The 2022 Cowboys and Commanders were tied for the easiest last year. Dallas did make the playoffs, but Washington did not.
Washington also missed the postseason after opening 2019 with the easiest slate. The 2018 Texans, 2020 Ravens and 2021 Eagles all made the playoffs.