Over the next week or so, our coverage of the Vikings here on the vikings.com Blog will be a mix of rehashing the 2012 season/Saturday’s playoff loss and looking ahead to the 2013 offseaon and regular season. Early this Monday morning, let’s start with a look ahead to next season.
While the 2013 regular season schedule won’t be known until late April most likely, we do already know the identity of the Vikings opponents for next season. Here’s a home/away breakdown of the opponents:
Opponents at home: Carolina, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Green Bay, Philadelphia, *Pittsburgh and Washington
*The game against Pittsburgh will be played in London on September 29, 2013.
Opponents on the road: Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Green Bay, NY Giants, Seattle
The regular season schedule is determined by a formula devised by the NFL back in 2002 following expansion (Houston Texans) and realignment. Here is the breakdown of how the schedule is determined:
– 6 games against your division (3 on the road, 3 at home)
– 4 games against a division in the NFC (2 on the road, 2 at home)
– 4 games against a division in the AFC (2 on the road, 2 at home)
– *2 games against teams that finished in the same spot in their division as the Vikings did the previous year in the NFC outside of the division they play four games against already (1 on the road, 1 at home).
*That last point can be a bit hard to explain, but for example, if the Vikings win their division and play four games against the NFC West the following year, then those two extra games would be against the teams who won the NFC East and NFC South. In 2013, the Vikings play all four teams in the NFC East, so they play one game each against the NFC South and NFC West.
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