The annual NFL schedule unveiling is a big deal for fans because it represents the first tangible aspect of the upcoming season. Yes, we already knew the opponents and locations for 2012, but there’s something about the NFL officially putting them in order and then unveiling it that generates excitement.
Let’s take a week-by-week look at the Vikings 2012 schedule, with a comment or two about each game included…
Week 1 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: The Vikings open at home for the first time since 2007, as a pair of QBs from the 2011 draft class square off (Christian Ponder vs. Blaine Gabbert).
Week 2 at Indianapolis Colts: The Vikings get an early look at presumptive #1 overall pick Andrew Luck in what will also be their first regular season appearance at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Week 3 vs. San Francisco 49ers: Yes, the 49ers were 13-3 last year. But things worked out well the last time the Vikings played San Francisco at home in Week 3.
Week 4 at Detroit Lions: This will be the Vikings first and only division game in the season’s first 9 weeks.
Week 5 vs. Tennessee Titans: Assuming Adrian Peterson is healthy, this will be a showdown between the NFL’s best RB (Peterson) and the NFL’s second- or third-best RB (Chris Johnson). Also, Steve Hutchinson returns to Mall of America Field.
Week 6 at Washington Redskins: Leslie Frazier is 2-0 as Vikings Head Coach at FedEx Field, and to go 3-0 he’ll have to find a way to contain Robert Griffin III.
Week 7 vs. Arizona Cardinals: The Vikings and Cardinals have met each season since 2008, and the Cardinals have not won in Minnesota since Jimmy Carter was in office (1977).
Week 8 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Vikings face a former division (NFC Central) foe in the only scheduled prime time game – a Thursday night contest on NFL Network.
Week 9 at Seattle Seahawks: New Vikings TE John Carlson returns to Seattle to play his former team.
Week 10 vs. Detroit Lions: The Vikings have lost just once to Detroit at home since 1998.
Week 11 BYE: This is the latest bye week the Vikings have had since 1999.
Week 12 at Chicago Bears: A challenging final 6 games begins in the Windy City, where the Vikings have not won since 2007.
Week 13 at Green Bay Packers: The Vikings and Packers will play twice in December, something that has never happened in the history of this rivalry.
Week 14 vs. Chicago Bears: Vikings fans will get a look at new Bears WR Brandon Marshall as he, Jay Cutler and the Bears look to win at Mall of America Field for just the 3rd time in 7 contests.
Week 15 at St. Louis Rams: Oddly, the Vikings have played a regular season game at the Edward Jones Dome just once since 2003.
Week 16 at Houston Texans: A likely trendy Super Bowl pick, the Texans explosive offense features RB Arian Foster and WR Andre Johnson, a stiff challenge for the Vikings defense.
Week 17 vs. Green Bay Packers: Whether a surprise playoff-chasing team or a team trying to play spoiler, the Vikings won’t have a problem staying motivated for the season finale with Aaron Rodgers and the rival Packers coming to town.
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