Vikings At Ravens In 2013 Season Opener?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 5, 2013 – 7:37 am

With Super Bowl XLVIII in the books, the 2012 season goes into the rear view mirror and we can officially set our sights on the 2013 season. A lot must happen between now and September for NFL teams to be ready for next season – the Combine, the 2013 NFL Draft, minicamps, Organized Team Activities, training camp, the preseason, and final roster cuts, just to name a few.

Another offseason agenda item that must occur before the 2013 season can begin is the schedule release. The NFL typically releases its schedule closer to the draft, but we have reason to speculate right now about an important part of the 2013 schedule – Opening Night.

The NFL has a custom of the defending Super Bowl champion hosting a game to open the season on the Thursday before the weekend that the rest of the NFL opens its schedule. Last year it was the NY Giants hosting the Dallas Cowboys (their game was played on a Wednesday to accommodate a scheduling conflict). In 2011 it was Green Bay hosting the New Orleans Saints. And in 2010 the Vikings played at New Orleans to kickoff the regular season. This year the Baltimore Ravens will host a game the Thursday before the start of the regular season (September 5), assuming the NFL maintains its custom.

The reason this is relevant to the Vikings is because the NFL’s scheduling formula has the Vikings playing at Baltimore this year. Will the NFL choose the Vikings out of Baltimore’s 8 road opponents to help the Ravens kickoff the 2013 regular season? Only time will tell, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have the reigning MVP on the roster. The other 7 options the NFL has to choose from are: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Green Bay, Houston, New England, New York (Jets), and Pittsburgh.

There are several good options in that group. Opening Night is a great time to renew the fierce Ravens-Steelers rivalry. Green Bay and New England have great appeal because of their QBs. And Houston wouldn’t be a bad choice, either. Unfortunately, as Chris Wesseling of notes, the NFL has scheduled an AFC vs. NFC matchup just once since 2004 for the season-kickoff game. But maybe that means we’re due for another one. And why not pit the defending Super Bowl champions against the reigning MVP?

As a fan, how would you feel about the Vikings being chosen to play the Ravens to kickoff the 2013 regular season?

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86 Responses to “Vikings At Ravens In 2013 Season Opener?”

  1. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Wobby ???…Thank goodness, YOUR ALIVE and well !!!!…

  2. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Wobbs…Has any Viking players been released yet ???…

    Find us a rumor ???…Something buddy !!!…

  3. By Nathan palmer on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    I believe it would be a great oppurtunity for the Vikings to play the Super Bowl champs to kick start the season, because that will say alot about our team and what is instore for this season.

  4. By kevinwi on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Not a rumor, but Vikings signed Edmunton Eskimo’s CFL CB Rod Williams.

    Back to the article….once in the past 3 years is enough. Let us get our legs under us before subjecting the team to the SB champions. Let another AFC playoff team like the Patriots or Bronco’s play them opening day.

  5. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

  6. By MO on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    It would be a challenge we can stand up to. It would be better to play them right away when we’re healthy and rested then the middle of the schedule. The Ravens will lose some players which benefit us playing them early before they have a chance to gel together as a team in the middle if the year. If we can get the QB coach to get some fire under Ponder to make him a deeper threat e could be pretty good. The other issue is play calling. It seems we are predictable and very generic that it makes it easy foot the other team to pick us apart.

  7. By mgr4fun on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    good question mike … imho let any other team open on thurs. night … in the recent history the purple hav struggled with playin primetime games … giv me a good old-fashioned noon start anytime … however when ya field the MVP of the NFL (OPOY/FantasyMVP) the best back on the planet not to mention the Pro-Bowl MVP and the NFL’s #1 special-teams unit (gr8 job coach mike) and the o-line that brought “THE ATTITUDE” every sunday and led the way for ADMVP to post 2097 yds that has only been done one other time in “NFL HISTORY” … and an excellent “young” defense that improves every game … ya gonna hav ta get used to the prime-time sooner or later (lol) … when the purple win the coin toss lets defer to the ravens offense and turn coach william’s defense loose on the raven’s tail feathers … gonna be a long off-season

  8. By Parkway on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    No it will probably be the pats, they always like to replay a playoff game to start the season if they can

  9. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah, we haven’t fared well in primetime games, OR outdoor stadiums. The optimist says “Let’s DO it, and set the tone for the season!” while the pessimist says “Let’s not start off the seaon on a sour note.”

    At least there won’t be snow.

  10. By liito on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    That would be great!

  11. By Champ Henson on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    If we haven’t fared well in primetime games how will we ever win the super bowl?

  12. By Carl K on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Lets get it on! Prime Time!

    Wobby, When can the Vikings start resigning their own free agents? Does a team need to wait until the start of the free agency period to sign their own players?

  13. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    I guess Harvin was doing GREAT when he came in for his season ending physical !!!…

    Harvin…Has no ill after effects from his ankle injury or his appendectomy surgery…

    So if the Vikings want to trade him…Harvin has a “clean bill of health”…

    I think this Harvin fiasco has as much drama with it…As the Teo love affair…
    That never was…Or is ???…

  14. By VikeNasty on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    It’s likely the Vikes take another DB in the draft giving them 2x2yr players and a rookie back there to start the season. I like the idea of starting our young secondary off against Flacco and those receivers to get them ready for a season against Rodgers, Cutler, and Stafford.

  15. By BlueBird7 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    First you want to get rid of Joe Webb, and now making noise for the release of Percy Harvin? Who the hill is next on your list? J. Allen? Chris Cook? Next?

  16. By Flap Jack on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Go easy on him, bird, he dosen’t know what he wants, neither does frazier.

  17. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Judd has a good video…Just in case some missed it…
    Here it is again…

  18. By VikeNasty on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    I won’t comment on the Harvin issue because I don’t know enough about the possible distractions he causes or does not cause in the locker room. That being said, I like the idea of going for O-Line in Free Agency, possibly getting a solid WR not a super star in Free Agency, and drafting D and a wideout.

  19. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    duplicate comment that you failed to print!!!

  20. By Flap Jack on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    WR Hop, tell your friends judd and his buddy judd, to stuff there Harvins remarks up there dindys.Get rid of Percy, and you get rid of alot of paying Viking fans.

  21. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Flap Jack…

    I am sure if you are willing to pay Harvin…Instead of Ziggy tronting 70+ million bucks that Harvin will want in a contract extension…Ziggy would be more than happy to keep the troublemaker player…

    You don’t pay players for causing trouble…

  22. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply


  23. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply


  24. By Thomas on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Oh, and just for the record Mike, that was Superbowl XLVII. Next years version will be XLVIII. LOL

  25. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

  26. By Parkway on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Harvin, Rogers, Wright, Brown, Simpson

  27. By RichardA1 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    If it isn’t the money Percy wants he must want out! VikeVs wi

  28. By RichardA1 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Vikes go berzerk all over the Ravens! A.P. 250 yards!

  29. By Flap Jack on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Trade Percy Harvin to the SF 49ers! Let a Real team use him to win the next Superbowl. This will allow all his fans to follow him to root for an excellant football team! GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!

  30. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    OTK You assume way too much about the Percy situation.

  31. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman and Frazier handled the situation like professionals. They downplayed that there was issues. Same with Percy he wasnt on twitter talking up a storm or in front of the nearest camera crew just trying to get face time.

    You’re always going to have personalities on your team, generally from the great players. Its the coaches job to make it work. Both sides have handles it well.

    Now please SIGN PERCY

  32. By Parkway on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    No doubt GDP. Harvin is a competitor and wants to win and can get heated up. He says and does all the right things in the press etc. He isn’t like Moss in the parking lot saying “straight cash homie” or telling people he plays when he wants to play going off on caterers etc.

  33. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

  34. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah we just have to get that through WRHopkins2013’s thick skull. In here poisoning peoples minds with that trade Percy talk like he was the one Percy yelled at and not Frazier.

  35. By DRS. on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Not a good ideal.

  36. By DRS. on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings Stadium: Sparring Over Baseball

  37. By DRS. on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Baseball dispute could delay Vikings’ stadium

    Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:16 PM MST

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings officials and public authorities are at odds over how to squeeze a baseball field into a stadium designed primarily for football.

    The Star Tribune reports the impasse threatens to delay a project already facing tight deadlines. The newspaper says it also appears to be an early test of just how accommodating the Vikings will prove to be.

    The Gophers and other college and prep baseball teams hope to play early-season games in the shelter of the new stadium.

    But the Vikings hope to put seats as close to the field as possible as they wedge a baseball diamond into a gridiron rectangle.

    Baseball coaches say the biggest problem is the plan puts the right field foul line and power alley about 20 feet too close to home plate

  38. By Parkway on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Can we just get rid of baseball and soccer all together

  39. By DRS. on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    ( In a letter outlining the team’s position, Bagley said: “Forty-four feet is very important to our organization. It’s about balancing the team’s interest with the public’s interest. And the bottom line there is there is just not enough money in the budget to achieve everyone’s goals.” )

  40. By DRS. on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway, I agree with you.

  41. By DRS. on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    I am starting to think we are looking at Metro Dump 2.0, or no new stadium due to delays and law suits; forcing the Vikings to leave Minnesota.

  42. By DRS. on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Why the Minnesota Vikings’ No. 1 Target in Free Agency Should Be
    WR Dwayne Bowe

    By Mike Nelson(Featured Columnist) on February 1, 2013

  43. By DRS. on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply


  44. By PurplHaze on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Another interesting name on that Top 50 FA list, should we decide to part with Toby, would be Chris Ivory! That would make for a nice 1-2 whallop!

  45. By Champ Henson on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Why do the Gophers have to play in the new stadium? Tax payers waste too much money on the U as it is.

  46. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    “You don’t pay players for causing trouble…”

    No, you don’t.

    But, you DO pay players for running up the best numbers in the league while they are playing. You DO pay players for giving 120% when others aren’t giving 100%. You DO pay players for being the ONLY person on the team to get open, catch a throw, and do something with it afterward.

    A little trouble is worth all that.

  47. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    And I’m sorry if I’m mistaken, but didn’t the Twins get a new stadium not long ago? What the H are they talking baseball in the new Viking’s stadium for?

  48. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Dwayne Bowe? We need to start a Fitz movement. He WOULD be worth the money.

  49. By Parkway on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Fitz is not worth the money at his age

  50. By Daniel on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Wouldn’t be bad but they surely are going to play the Steelers

  51. By john61 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    draft all d vikes,were going outside, G J would be a great free signing at wide receiver ,pickup 2 guards,and we would be great

  52. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    northwoods- agreed.

    Had Percy Harvin not gotten injured would AD have gotten the MVP? Many people had Percy as the leader for MVP before he got injured. The way I see it we have 2 MVP candidates on our team. I cant think of any other team that can say the same thing. Thats a HUGE advantage for us.

    We dont need an explosive offense when we are improving our defense. We have 2 MVP candidates on offense so we dont need that much upgrading at the skill positions. Draft a true #1 receiver and we are set with Harvin, Wright, Rudolph, and whoever we draft. Focus on D and an offensive guard or two.

  53. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Percy and Adrian is this generation’s version of Carter and Moss. Dynamic doesnt even begin to describe those duos.


  54. By Northern Norseman on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply


    Definitely agree.

    I personally think it would be more damaging to the team if we didn’t do what it took to keep Percy Harvin.

    Just like Adrian Peterson said of harvin,”I think he is the best in the business at what he does.” Agreed.

    We talk about WRs in the draft that could replace him but to be honest there is no one that could. The closest would be Cordarralle Patterson.

    He brings an amazing dynamic to the game that other teams are now trying to find their own version of Percy Harvin. Well, there is nothing like the real thing is there now.

    Keep Percy and then your one more tall, field stretching, outside the number receiver away from making the offense a dangerous one. Add a guard or two and the offense is great a nearly every position. Then the defense can be focused on the rest of the way.

    I really think the Vikings are not terribly far from making a deep post-season run.

    A couple more great off-seasons and the Vikings could be battling it out with the best in the league.

  55. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    This offseason will be the most important in my opinion. Look at who will be a free agent next off-season, you know we wont be able to keep everyone. Percy, Cook, Jared, Kevin Will, Winfield, Robison, Everson, and Toby. This off-season, if we make more good moves than bad, can be enough to field a Superbowl-caliber team.

    The main thing that will determine how far we go is Ponder. He needs to be the same QB he was the last couple of weeks with our other MVP Percy back in the lineup and there is no reason why we wont be in the Bowl this upcoming season.

  56. By Northern Norseman on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    People also say the reason they don’t want Percy Harvin because he is a cancer to the locker room and he is too much trouble.

    I would say this….

    If he is the most troubling person on the entire Vikings team… that is pretty good.

    Most of his “troubling” action are being grumpy, complaining, maybe over reacting a little bit here and there but that is a blessing compared to what other teams deal with.

    Percy Harvin is still young. In a dream world everyone at every age would act perfect…. hate to break it to you but we live on earth and last I check the human race isn’t any fairy tale. Let the kid grow up a little more. Some of it is immaturity issues that he will grow out of.

    At the end of the day Percy Harvin may cause some issues but they pale in comparison to what the Vikings could be dealing with like some other teams may have. Everyone says on the team that Percy Harvin works absolutely hard everyday to perfect his craft. He is generally very kind with everyone. He even won media player of the year for the team because of how easy and nice he was with the media members.

    Coaches always say that when a player is above and beyond better than most players in the league you have an extra buffer zone for tolerating a troubling player. Percy has that extra buffer zone and for what he has actually caused in terms of “trouble”… he hasn’t even got close to that buffer zone.

    We are over thinking this. Percy Harvin is an amazing addition to this team and I hope it stays that way for years to come.

    Pay Percy!

  57. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Got to sign Percy before you can pay him.


  58. By MVPeterson MVPercy aKa GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply


  59. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    If he truly was a cancer this team would have fallen apart and we would not have made the playoffs.

    Percy was BIG for us in the first half of the season. Had he missed those games, There is no playoff berth and there is no MVP for AD.

  60. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

  61. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

  62. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

  63. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

  64. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    I see true competitors when I watch these not “cancers”.

  65. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    sorry last one. You all will like this….

  66. By Northern Norseman on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Christian Ponder will be a good QB.

    In fact, I believe he can be a Top-10 NFL QB. Possibly hovering around Top-5 during the his peak of his career.

    I may should have advised going to the bathroom before you read that so you didn’t soil yourself. Too late I guess.

    I understand that most would entirely disagree with me but I really think that Ponder is going to surprise a lot of people within a couple years.

    Im really excited about what Ponder brings to the table.

    Now should Ponder absolutely flop this next year then I would start to seriously contemplate moving on. When it has been 3 years then you have a good idea if do or don’t have something.

    Right now I am leaning towards him being our future QB.

    Laugh but that is my honest opinion.

  67. By Runway on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder will win the Superbowl within two years!

  68. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    We dont need Ponder to be a Top 5 QB. From a production standpoint we dont even need him to be a top 10 QB. We need him to be efficient

    Its not about how many yards he throws or how many touchdowns. Its about making more good decisions than bad. Not talking about throwing INTs. Talking about throwing the ball away instead of taking a sack. or taking a sack instead of forcing a throw. or stepping up in the pocket instead of scrambling left or right.

    Of course the OLine has to be effiecient too. If the OLine can do their job there is no reason he cant take us to a Superbowl.

  69. By Northern Norseman on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply


    Fantastic posts their me boy!

    It has been a while since I have seen that Percy yelling at Frazier segment…. that seriously got way more kick up than it should have had with the media.

    Ya there are a couple other moments where he may get heated or over react but is that really that bad. I have got heated or may have over reacted a couple times in my years working but does my boss cut me and kick me out the door?…. Of course not! Why are we being so hypocritical? Why should Harvin’s case be any different?

    Every team is dealing with a player that has gotten a DUI, assault, scandals, lack of effort (showing up, film, working out), drugs, rape, and so on…..

    Percy Harvin has been regarded as one of the hardest workers on the entire team. and since with the Vikings Percy had absolutely no off the field issues and we are here getting worked about up about Percy having a bit of an attitude? Going as far as to tar and feather him trailing him with pitch-forks marching him out of town?

    Please…. all coaches in the NFL would be crying tears of joy if they knew they could have Percy Harvin and all they had to deal with was some slight ‘attitude’.

    This whole even debating Percy Harvin has been the reaction I despise the most in people. The second they see, hear, suspect something it becomes a absurd quick reaction syndrome that most of society suffers from. (BOOM…. fire him, let him go, he’s terrible, he’s HOF, trade, best ever, cancer….. RELAX PEOPLE!)

    Percy Harvin is just fine. You want to dream about having a fairy tale goody two shoes ducky and bunny team?…. well keep dreaming because that will simply not ever exist.

    If Percy Harvin is the worst thing happening to this team right now than this is the closes to ducky and bunny your going to ever get.

    Pay Percy and let’s move on.

  70. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Yes Sir

  71. By Runway on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    We won’t trade Percy– unless he really wants out. Only a fool would trade a player like that– because if we got rid of Percy, the next minute we would be looking for a huge play maker. Crazy! Adding a few pieces is what we need– not subtracting any that we have worked so hard to find.

  72. By Northern Norseman on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply


    I replied to you last night. Not sure if you read it because it was late when I posted it.

  73. By Runway on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Yes Sir! Saw it.

  74. By Runway on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Time for ze bed!

  75. By Northern Norseman on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply


    Alright good. Just checking!

    Have a good one there!

  76. By Northern Norseman on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply


    You made a good point with Percy and AP….

    If we do not have Percy Harvin that first half of the season we do not win nearly as many games because AP was not himself.

    Like you said Percy was in talks about being MVP and AP became MVP.

    We basically got two MVP caliber players.

    Percy – young, getting better, MVP caliber
    AP – can still get better, the best, beast, MVP future HOF, enough said
    Rudolph – young, getting better, rising TE star
    Kalil, Sullivan, and Loadholt (if we resign him) – are either among thee best or are among the better lineman in the NFL.
    Felton – young, will get better, pro bowler
    Ponder – young, will get better, has the ability/intangibles to take the next step

    Add maybe one good Guard and top flight WR and this team looks very good. It’s exciting!

  77. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t worry everyone…The Harvin situation will come into focus soon…

    Frazier has a tight lid held on the Harvin mystery…After telling players to keep quiet about Harvin’s antics…But SOON…Players will be getting cut from the team…And will have no more loyalties or ties to the Vikings…Then the stories will come out to the media about Harvin !!!…

    So in a week or so…We will know what good old Harvin has been up too ???…

  78. By mnsoldier on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Hopefully the O coordinator can come up with an overall game plan that does not consist of just handing the ball to AP and seeing what he can gets and then go from there. The winging it mentality does not work.
    You have to set up a team with on look to bait them for something else.
    It doesnt matter if they see it coming, if you have 5 options and the QB is able to see them all and get it to them all, the likelyhood of them being able to stop it is minimzed.
    So work on a game plan and figure out what the O can do and know what it cant do, then work on them so they can do it. You also have ot know what their D can and cant do and exploit it. I know this sound simple. yet our coaches seem to be missing this simple concept.

  79. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    After watching the video of Harvin “going off” on Frazier……geez…..I’ve had more heated arguements with my 3 yr old son.

    Really blown out of proportion.

    The man just wants to win. And he wants his coaches to make changes when it’s obvious that whatever they are currently doing is not working.

    What’s so bad about that?

  80. By dakotakid59 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Didn’t like my last comment huh you did not put it on ?

  81. By vikings rule on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    The other issue for a Bowe-to-Minnesota scenario would be a simple lack of opportunity. The team wants to complement Peterson more, but A.D. is going to continue to eat up 20-30 touches a game. When healthy, Harvin was one of the most targeted receivers in the league, and deservedly so. Assuming Harvin sticks around, that’s probably not changing either. So unless Minnesota magically conjures up a Pro Bowl quarterback, there wouldn’t be enough plays left to make Bowe a reliable fantasy option.

  82. By valentin on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    after reading your article in full, I hope you meant SUPER BOWL XLVII, not XLVIII

  83. By James Kallestad on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    I think the Vikings would play a good game against the Ravens after our new players from FA & the draft learn the system in November or so. We are still going to add 2 WR’s, DT, MLB, G, S, CB and possibly amid round QB backup. So it wouldn’t be areal game until these 7 players have learned the Vikings system.

    Pick a seasoned team to play the, not one rebuilding.

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