The Vikings and their fans have no game to sweat out today, which means there is no opponent to worry about. And since there’s no single opponent to concentrate on today, that means we can take a look ahead at all of the Vikings remaining opponents.
When the Vikings return to work this upcoming week following their bye this week, there will be six weeks remaining in the regular season. The Vikings will play four different teams over those six weeks, including two division opponents (Chicago, Green Bay) and perhaps the best team in the AFC (Houston). The Vikings will play four of those six games on the road, including the next two, and then they will finish up at home against border rival Green Bay.
Here’s a brief week-by-week look at the remaining schedule…
Nov. 25 at Chicago
The Vikings return from their bye week to face a tall task – play at Soldier Field against a Bears team that will likely enjoy the return of their starting QB – Jay Cutler – from a concussion. It was 2007 the last time the Vikings won at Soldier Field.
Dec. 2 at Green Bay
The final month of the regular season begins with a bang, as the Vikings travel to Lambeau Field for their first contest vs. the Packers of 2012. Regardless of the outcome in Chicago, this game in Green Bay figures to be HUGE for both teams as they chase a playoff bid.
Dec. 9 vs. Chicago
A challenging post-bye stretch of games continues for the Vikings as they host Chicago and will play their second game against the Bears in three weeks. Aside from the Monday Night Football game that week, which features the Houston Texans traveling to New England for a showdown with the Patriots, this matchup is perhaps the NFL’s most intriguing.
Dec. 16 at St. Louis
Before the season, this was a game many had singled out as one the Vikings should win. But the Rams have come to life under Jeff Fisher, and this game figures to be a tightly-contested one. St. Louis has taken a big step forward defensively, and their offense features one of the NFL’s best RBs – Steven Jackson – along with a QB who was the #1 overall pick in 2010. I think the Vikings will be very alive in the playoff hunt at this point, and this game will test their mettle as finish line nears.
Dec. 23 at Houston
Speaking of tests, the Vikings travel to Houston in Week 16 to face a team many will favor to come out of the AFC to appear in the Super Bowl. The Texans are great or solid in all areas of the game. There’s a chance Houston could have everything buttoned up by this point, so perhaps they’ll rest some of their best players. But it’s best not to count on that…this game will represent a great challenge for the Purple.
Dec. 30 vs. Green Bay
The NFL has given football fans a great Holiday present this season by setting the stage for a great finish in the NFC North. The Packers and Vikings will battle at Mall of America Field in Week 17 to close what will surely have been another spectacular regular season. If there is any drama to be had in the season’s final week, what better way to celebrate it than Vikings vs. Packers?
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