The NFL has released its 2013 schedule, which means the teams and locations on the Vikings slate have now been assigned dates and times. Here’s a game-by-game list of the games as well as a few of my thoughts (home games in BOLD).
Week 1 - at Detroit Lions
Week 2 – at Chicago Bears
The schedule-makers didn’t do the Vikings any favors with assigning back-to-back road division games to open the season, but with a Week 4 London game in the fold and schedule rules associated with that arrangement there’s really not much the NFL could do. This is a formidable challenge for the Vikings right out of the gate.
Week 3 – Cleveland Browns
A treat for Vikings fans in the home opener – Adrian Peterson vs. Trent Richardson.
Week 4 – Pittsburgh Steelers (London)
A much-anticipated opportunity for the Vikings as they join the NFL’s effort to expand the game globally. It’s technically a home game, but this marks the third time in the season’s first four weeks that the Vikings will be on the road.
Week 5 – BYE
Too early for a bye, but the NFL madates a bye week for teams following their game in London.
Week 6 – Carolina Panthers
A cool home game for the Vikings and fans, as Cam Newton and that flashy Panthers offense come to town. It would be a perfect time for the Vikings offense to click on all cylinders.
Week 7 – at NY Giants (Monday Night Football)
The Vikings first of two games (hopefully) at MetLife Stadium this season (site of Super Bowl XLVIII)
Week 8 – Green Bay Packers
Arguably the most challenging stretch of games in the schedule begins with a home tilt against border rival Green Bay.
Week 9 – at Dallas Cowboys
Week 10 – (Thursday) Washington Redskins (NFL Network)
Two games vs. NFC East opponents in the span of four days with a Sunday game in Dallas and a Thursday game on NFL Network against RG3 and the Redskins. RG3 should be healthy and full-speed by this point.
Week 11 – at Seattle Seahawks
Don’t need to write much to build the hype here. Darrell Bevell, Heath Farwell, Percy Harvin and Antoine Winfield go against their former team.
Week 12 – at Green Bay Packers
Not a bad time to travel to Lambeau Field.
Week 13 – Chicago Bears
Week 14 – at Baltimore Ravens
A road trip to see the defending Super Bowl champs in early December.
Week 15 - Philadelphia Eagles
Week 16 - at Cincinnati Bengals
A tougher-than-you-think matchup for the Vikings as they go on the road late in the season to play a tough Bengals squad.
Week 17 – Detroit Lions
An interesting choice to close Mall of America Field, but there’s a good chance it’s a game with meaning because it’s a division game and it’s the final game of the season.
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