Minnesota Vikings Rumored to Play Thanksgiving Game Next Season
It would be the first time since 2000, but rumors are around that the Minnesota Vikings will be participating in a Thanksgiving game in 2016.
While not official yet, Sports Business Daily says that the Minnesota Vikings have the best chance to face the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving day. Dallas is also set to host the Washington Redskins as part of the Thanksgiving tradition.
"Sources said that the league is likely to schedule a Cowboys-Redskins matchup for Fox’s Thanksgiving Day game. Look for the league to cross-flex an NFC North rival to play the Lions on CBS, most likely the Vikings. The Lions’ only two home games against AFC opponents are unattractive TV matchups (Jacksonville and Tennessee). The Bears have played the past two Thanksgivings, and the Packers have played two of the past three, creating an opening for the Vikings." - Sports Business Daily
Minnesota is 5-1 all time in NFL Thanksgiving games. Their last appearance was a 27-15 win over Dallas in 2000.
Vikings Thanksgiving Games:
2000 - W @ Dallas (27-15)
1998 - W @ Dallas (46-36)
1995 - L @ Detroit (44-38)
1988 - W @ Detroit (23-0)
1987 - W @ Dallas (44-38)
1969 - @ Detroit (27-0)