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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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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