The NFL has reportedly rescheduled the Week 5 matchup between the Vikings and Titans. Initially scheduled in the noon CT slot, the game has been pushed back to the 3:25 CT slot.
The game will be televised nationally via CBS with local coverage provided by WCCO.
The move is due to the Twin Cities Marathon, which occurs during the morning hours of the same day near the Metrodome. The marathon starts near the Mall of America Field and works its way around the downtown Minneapolis area. In hopes of alleviating traffic issues and making attendance less painful for Vikings fans, the NFL made the scheduling move.
Although the move allows the Vikings a few more hours of preparation, it will cut into the amount of time available after for the Titans, who face the Pittsburgh Steelers the following Thursday night. Considering the low expectations for this Vikings team in 2012, any sort of help (no matter how insignificant) is welcomed.
Barring any further restructuring of their 2012 schedule, this contest with the Titans will be the Vikings’ only late afternoon game as the home team. The Vikings will battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a Thursday night game, but that contest will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
It took a marathon to make the NFL change its plans, but at least once this season locals will get to go watch their Vikings play in the afternoon.