The Minnesota Vikings may be aiming to return to the playoffs but their schedule for the 2019 NFL season looks to be a real challenge for the team.
One of the most interesting parts of an upcoming season is when the schedule is released and fans can start planning their trips to watch teams like the Minnesota Vikings play live at home or on the road.
Even though the opponents have been known for quite some time now, being able to look into hotel rooms, surrounding dates for other events, and much more means the season is really on the way.
Thankfully, the regular season schedule for the Minnesota Vikings was released on Wednesday, Apr. 17 and now die-hard purple and gold fans will be breaking to down for many weeks to come. First, let’s take a look at the schedule as shared by Andrew Krammer on Twitter:
- Week 1: HOME vs Atlanta Falcons
- Week 2: AWAY at Green Bay Packers
- Week 3: HOME vs Oakland Raiders
- Week 4: AWAY at Chicago Bears (3:25 pm)
- Week 5: AWAY at New York Giants
- Week 6: HOME vs Philadelphia Eagles
- Week 7: AWAY at Detroit Lions
- Week 8: HOME vs Washington Redskins (TNF)
- Week 9: AWAY at Kansas City Chiefs
- Week 10: AWAY at Dallas Cowboys
- Week 11: HOME vs Denver Broncos
- Week 12: BYE WEEK
- Week 13: AWAY at Seattle Seahawks (MNF)
- Week 14: HOME vs Detroit Lions
- Week 15: AWAY at Los Angeles Chargers (SNF)
- Week 16: HOME vs Green Bay Packers (MNF)
- Week 17: HOME vs Chicago Bears
Of course, division games are where the NFC North title will have the most impact. Those games against the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, and Green Bay Packers will be essential to success and each of those squads looks to be tough opponents. Like last year, the Vikings end the season with back-to-back games against the division, putting a lot of focus on those contests when it comes to the playoffs.
Another thing to notice is the lack of a stretch of road games. Thankfully, the road and home games are balanced so there isn’t a long period of time between games at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Interestingly, the bye week lands in Week 12, meaning the team will get some rest for their beat down players and allow some rest after playing many of the tough teams in the first eleven weeks of the schedule.
What do you think of the schedule the Minnesota Vikings face heading into the 2019 NFL season? Where do you think is the toughest stretch and what is your prediction for a win/loss record? Let us know in the comments section!
*Updated 4/17 because I apparently still can’t get used to the Chargers not being in San Diego.