As was widely expected, an NFL season-opening matchup on Thursday, September 9 with the New Orleans Saints and 3 other scheduled prime time games highlight the Vikings 2010 regular season schedule.
The NFL released its entire slate of games for the 2010 season at 6:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday evening, kicking off what will be an exciting week across the league with the annual draft just 2 days away.
The other prime time games on the Vikings schedule include a Sunday night game at Green Bay on October 24 (Week 7) and Monday night games at the NY Jets on October 11 (Week 5) and at home versus the Chicago Bears on December 20 (Week 15).
Here are a few other notes on the Vikings 2010 schedule
– After beginning the season at New Orleans on September 9, the Vikings return home for 2 consecutive games at Mall of America Field against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2 and then division foe Detroit in Week 3.
– The Vikings will have their bye in Week 4.
– October will be a high-profile month for the Vikings. On October 11, the Vikings play at the Jets on MNF. The following week the Vikings host the Dallas Cowboys at 3:15 p.m. CT and then they play consecutive road games at Green Bay on NBC at 7:20 p.m. CT and at New England on Halloween at 3:15 p.m. CT.
– An important part of the schedule will come in mid-November, when the Vikings play at the Chicago Bears in Week 10 (11/14) and then host the Green Bay Packers in Week 11 (11/21).
– In 2009, the Vikings used a 3-game home stand in November to notch 3 wins and take control of the division. In 2010, the Vikings have a 3-game home stand in December against Buffalo (Week 13), the NY Giants (Week 14) and Chicago (Week 15) that could provide them with an opportunity to solidify their playoff aspirations.
– Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress will return to Philadelphia – where he coached from 1999-2005 on Andy Reid’s staff – to take on the Eagles in a Week 16 contest on December 26.
– With the NFL featuring all division games in Week 17 this year, the Vikings will finish the regular season by traveling to the Motor City for a battle with the Lions.
We’ll have more coverage of the Vikings 2010 NFL schedule on vikings.com through tonight and into tomorrow, including a chat between myself and voice of the Vikings Radio Network, Paul Allen.
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