Sep 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is tackled by Chicago Bears middle linebacker D.J. Williams (58) during the second half at Soldier Field. Chicago won 31-30. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Everyone knew when the NFL went to its policy of pushing divisional games into December that the result would be more bad weather games for the Vikings in Green Bay and Chicago.
And the chance of bad weather games became even greater when the Vikings announced they would be playing outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium for two years while awaiting construction of their new home.
Now we have confirmation of at least one home date against a divisional opponent that has the potential to be a very nasty, ugly, snowy, cold, icy, windy, miserable old school type of game.
Per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Vikings will close the 2014 season at home at TCF Bank Stadium against, yes, the Chicago Bears.
The Bears already have experience playing the Vikings in bad weather at TCF, having visited there in 2010 for the infamous Brett Favre final game on the concrete-like frozen turf. Somehow I doubt that experience will make guys like Jay Cutler any happier.
Here’s the fun part though. The Vikings will actually have two potentially miserable bad weather games against the Bears, because they will also travel to Soldier Field on November 16.
So, the Vikings won’t play the Bears the first time until November. That probably means we’ll be getting an early season match-up with the Packers.
These Bears games are the first two Vikings dates to leak as we crawl toward tonight’s official schedule announcement on NFL Network at 7 PM CT. There should be more between now and then.