The week began with an announcement from the NFL that the Seahawks and Vikings, scheduled to play on Sunday Night Football in Week 5, would remain in primetime. What followed put that in serious doubt, as numerous members of the Tennessee Titans, who played Minnesota in Week 3, tested positive for COVID-19.
As a result of the positive tests, the Titans’ Week 4 game against the Steelers was postponed. The Vikings, like Tennessee, evacuated their facility and braced for a wave of positive tests and potentially a rescheduled Week 4 game. Thankfully, the team and staff continued to test negative throughout the week.
Another round of negative tests on Thursday morning allowed the NFL to inform Minnesota and their Week 4 opponents the Houston Texans that their game will be played as scheduled on Sunday.
The #Texans and #Vikings have been informed that their game on Sunday is on, as scheduled, sources say. @TomPelissero reported this morning Minnesota had zero positive tests from Thursday’s round of COVID-19 tests.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 2, 2020
So, while the Titans have already had their schedule impacted in Week 4—and it may continue into Week 5 with two more positive tests on Thursday—the Vikings’ season will be uninterrupted after playing Tennessee last Sunday.
There was some doubt but for now, it appears Minnesota will be able to travel to Seattle in Week 5 to face the Seahawks in primetime.