The Vikings don't play until Monday night this week, but that doesn't mean Vikings fans can take the day off on Sunday. While waiting for their team to face the NY Giants on Monday Night Football, Vikings fans can keep their eye on the action to see what the rest of the League is up to. Here are three games for Vikings fans to keep an eye on.
Colts at Jaguars (in London) – 8:30 a.m. CT – CBS
Aside from Lions at Bears, this game is the only one between two teams the Vikings will face later in the season. The Vikings won't face either team until mid-December, but today is still a good opportunity to scout out a couple of teams on the schedule. The Jaguars, still looking for their first win of the season, feature a potent offense led by QB Blake Bortles and receivers Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson. Hurns and Robinson caught a combined 24 of Bortles' 35 touchdown passes last season. The Colts have Andrew Luck back in the lineup after missing him for most of last season due to injury, but he's been listed each week on the injury report with a shoulder so it'll be interesting to see how he plays and if the Colts can find their offensive rhythm on the road and overseas.
Lions at Bears – 12:00 p.m. CT – FOX
Both the Vikings and Green Bay Packers are out of action on Sunday, but the other half of the NFC North does play and they face each other at Soldier Field. The Vikings can size up half the division by watching one game. Chicago enters the game banged up on both sides of the ball while the Lions enter coming off a close loss last week in Green Bay and looking to get back on the winning track. This game bears monitoring because the Vikings play three games against these two opponents in less than a month's time between October 31 and November 24.
Titans at Texans – 12:00 p.m. CT – CBS
Up next after the Giants game for the Vikings is a date at U.S. Bank Stadium with the Texans, who play at home against the team the Vikings defeated in Week 1 – the Titans. This will be the League's first look at a JJ Watt-less Texans team after the star defensive lineman had back surgery and was placed on the Reserve/Injured list. The Giants have a talented trio at wide receiver with Odell Beckham, Jr., Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard, and the Vikings secondary doesn't have it much easier next week against Houston with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller coming to town.