Following the release of his team’s schedule on Thursday, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer shared his thoughts on how everything turned out.
Before Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings already knew who their opponents were going to be for the upcoming season. The Vikings just didn’t know when they would be playing each team on their 2020 schedule.
Along with every other team around the NFL, Minnesota found out on Thursday night where they will be heading during the 17 weeks of the upcoming season.
The Vikings will open up the year at home inside U.S. Bank Stadium against the rival Green Bay Packers. In the history of the franchise, Minnesota has never hosted the Packers during a Week 1 game.
The rest of the Vikings’ schedule features a number of intriguing matchups including the annual primetime road trip to face the Seattle Seahawks, new Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returning to the Twin Cities to face his former team, a showdown in Florida against the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and a Christmas battle on the road against the New Orleans Saints.
After Minnesota’s schedule was released on Thursday, head coach Mike Zimmer shared some of his thoughts with Vikings.com’s Paul Allen on what the team will be facing each week during the upcoming season.
Zimmer was asked if he wanted to give a record prediction and unsurprisingly, he declined. Instead, he shared the one game that he and the rest of the Vikings are concerned about at this moment in time.
"“Right now, the only thing that we’re looking at is Green Bay (in Week 1). Then we’ll worry about the second game, and the third game, and go from there.”"
An answer like this from Zimmer shouldn’t be a shock to anyone. His comments are straight out of the NFL head-coaching handbook and he’s not about to abandon the “one game at a time” mentality that he and just about every coach and player around the league utilizes.
During his conversation, Zimmer also mentioned that the virtual offseason program is going, “really well,” for the Vikings so far and the format has allowed him to have more of an opportunity to step in and observe the meetings with all three of the top position groups on the team (offense, defense, and special teams).
Zimmer and Minnesota now know who they’re going to open the 2020 regular season against and hopefully, they are able to kick off their schedule with a nice win over their top NFC North rival.