What you need to know about the Vikings’ 2019 schedule

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 23: Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball in the second half against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 23, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Vikings can get off to a fast start

With the parity that exists in the NFL, games against non-playoff teams can turn into a tall task in a hurry. For the Vikings, they’ll have the opportunity to play these teams early in the season as they look to get off to a fast start.

Minnesota will open the year at home against the Atlanta Falcons before heading over to Green Bay in Week 2. From there, the Vikings before heading to Chicago for a Week 4 showdown in front of a national audience.

If the Vikings can get past the Bears, they’ll have dates at the New York Giants (Week 5) and the Detroit Lions (Week 7) before wrapping up their first half with a home game against Washington in Week 8. On paper, this looks like a nice gift for the Vikings, but as last year’s game against Buffalo shows, they’ll have to take care of business to get off to the quick start they didn’t have in 2018.