Seifert’s biggest takeaway from the schedule mirrored Chadiha’s note on the tough matchups in Weeks 1 and 2 but expanded a bit beyond that, as well.The energy of a new coach can sometimes spark a team to a fast start. We shouldn’t rule out that possibility for Kevin O’Connell. But he’ll face an uphill battle with a Week 1 game against the defending NFC North-champion Green Bay Packers, followed by a Monday night game at Philadelphia and a trip to London in Week 4. If they start slowly, however, the Vikings will have a pretty nice runway at the end of the season if they need to rack up some wins en route to the playoffs. Only one of their final six games will come against a 2021 playoff team: Week 17 against the Packers. Obviously teams can rise and fall abruptly from one season to the next, but the Vikings should benefit from a late stretch with home games against the Jets, Colts and Giants, along with road games against the Lions and Bears.