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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For the first time since 2007 and just the second time since 2005, the Vikings will open their regular season with a home game. The Vikings will begin the season with a contest against the AFC South’s Jacksonville Jaguars, and they’ll also conclude the season with a home game against the Green Bay Packers.
And there is plenty of action in between those games as well, including a Thursday night NFL Network Game in Week 8 against Tampa Bay, consecutive road games against Chicago and Green Bay in Weeks 12-13 and four total road games in the season’s final 6 weeks.
The Vikings bye week falls in Week 11, immediately after their second and final game against the Detroit Lions and right before the team embarks on what appears to be a challenging final 6 games. The Vikings have just one divisional game in the first 9 weeks of the season, and the Week 11 bye is the latest bye since 1999.
Other highlights include a Week 3 matchup against former Vikings WR Randy Moss (who is now with the San Francisco 49ers), visits to play presumed top draft picks Andrew Luck (Colts – Week 2) and Robert Griffin III (Redskins – Week 6), only two potential cold-weather games (Week 12 at Chicago, Week 13 at Green Bay), and of course the season-closing contest against division rival Green Bay.
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Week 1: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 2: at Indianapolis Colts
Week 3: vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 4: at Detroit Lions
Week 5: vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 6: at Washington Redskins
Week 7: vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 8: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thursday night)
Week 9: at Seattle Seahawks
Week 10: vs. Detroit Lions
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: at Chicago Bears
Week 13: at Green Bay Packers
Week 14: vs. Chicago Bears
Week 15: at St. Louis Rams
Week 16: at Houston Texans
Week 17: vs. Green Bay Packers
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The NFL will release its full schedule of games for the 2012 season at 6:00 p.m. CT this evening, an exciting event in the NFL offseason because it’s the first tangible piece of the upcoming season. And we’re all excited for the upcoming season.
While we’re waiting on pins and needles for the dates and times of this year’s games, we already know the opponents and locations of those games. So while we wait for the rest of the equation, let’s review what we already know.
The Vikings home opponents for the 2012 season are: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.
The highlights of the home schedule include WR Randy Moss coming back to Minnesota as a member of the 49ers and several elite RBs visiting Mall of America Field – Chicago’s Matt Forte, San Francisco’s Frank Gore, Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones Drew and Tennessee’s Chris Johnson. There’s also a chance Trent Richardson, this year’s top RB prospect in the draft, visits if Tampa Bay pounces on him with the 5th overall pick.
The Vikings road opponents for the 2012 season are: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams.
The highlights of the road schedule include (presumably) seeing Andrew Luck in Indianapolis and Robert Griffin III in Washington, and a showdown (hopefully) between Arian Foster and Adrian Peterson in Houston. Also, potential cold-weather games are limited to just Chicago and Green Bay.
Stay tuned to vikings.com today because we’ll post the schedule as soon as it’s available, and we’ll also have reaction to the schedule from Radio Voice of the Vikings Paul Allen.
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The Vikings will face three AFC teams and one NFC foe this August as part of their preseason schedule, the NFL announced today. Specific dates and times have not been released yet, but that information will be forthcoming soon.
Wk 1: at San Francisco
Wk 2: vs. Buffalo
Wk 3: vs. San Diego
Wk 4: at Houston
Two road games sandwich two home games for the Vikings this preseason, as the Purple will travel to San Francisco for a clash with the 49ers in Week 1 of the preseason. The Vikings then return home for games against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2 and the San Diego Chargers in Week 3.
The Vikings preseason schedule concludes when the team flies to Houston for a contest with the Texans. The Vikings will also play both the 49ers and Texans in the regular season.
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