The Vikings and Bears will face one another for the 1st time this season on Sunday at Mall of America Field, with kickoff schedule for noon CT. About a month later, the Vikings and Bears will finish their season series at Soldier Field, with a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
But before the Vikings and Bears play in prime time on December 28, the Vikings will play in 2 other prime time games. The Vikings and Carolina Panthers are scheduled to play on NBC’s Sunday Night Football on December 20 and then next week’s clash with the Arizona Cardinals has been flexed from a Sunday 3:15 CT start to a Sunday night 7:20 CT kickoff.
Asked about how the prime time kickoffs effect his team’s preparation for games, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress pointed out pros and cons.
“It would be better if it was a home game. Not in a different time zone at night,” Childress said. “It’s great for our players. Our players love to play when you are the only people playing and people are watching.”
Ultimately, Childress said, teams have no control over it and they must be ready to play whenever and wherever they’re told. If the Vikings head coach had his druthers, he’d like to kickoff at noon every week. Childress also said that playing each preseason game at night helps teams get used to prime time kickoffs in the regular season.
“Myself and a lot of our guys love 12 o’clock kickoffs central time, love that,” he said. “Fact is, you play every one of your preseason games at night. It is not something that is foreign to us.”
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First of all, Happy Thanksgiving Vikings fans!
Vikings fans have a lot to be thankful for at this point in the season, with a 9-1 record and a firm hold on the NFC North. Speaking of the NFC North, those of us who eat today’s big meal around the lunch hour will get some Vikings-relative football to go with the turkey and potatoes and stuffing and corn and green bean casserole and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
The Green Bay Packers will play the Detroit Lions today at Ford Field, with kickoff slated for 11:30 CT. It’s looking like former Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper will get the start for Detroit because Matthew Stafford is dealing with a shoulder injury.
Speaking of injuries, Green Bay was stung by a couple of big ones last week. CB Al Harris was placed on injured reserve and DE Aaron Kampman appears to be lost for the season as well. But the Packers are riding a 2-game winning streak and are favored to win today. A 3rd win a row will keep them squarely in the hunt to qualify for the playoffs.
There are 2 other NFL games later today, as Oakland visits Dallas in the afternoon game and the Denver Broncos host the NY Giants in the night game.
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