The 2013 season didn’t quite go as planned for the Minnesota Vikings. Coming off a tremendously successful 2012 campaign where the franchise returned to the playoffs, hopes were very high in the Twin Cities last fall. The Vikings ultimately faltered on their way to a 5-10-1 record, but their road back to the playoffs was a very tough one in 2013.
We all know that schedules play a big role in teams’ success. In 2012 Minnesota simply didn’t have as tough of a slate as it did in 2013. Add a few player departures and injuries to the equation, and you have a 10-6 team that falls to 5-10-1.
So without further ado, here’s a look at the Vikings 2014 regular season schedule:
Week 1 – @ St. Louis Rams, Sunday, September 7 at Noon CT
Week 2 – vs. New England Patriots, Sunday, September 14 at Noon CT
Week 3 – @ New Orleans Saints, Sunday, September 21 at Noon CT
Week 4 – vs. Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, September 28 at 3:25 PM CT
Week 5 – @ Green Bay Packers, Thursday, October 2 at 7:25 PM CT
Week 6 – vs. Detroit Lions, Sunday, October 12 at Noon CT
Week 7 – @ Buffalo Bills, Sunday, October 19 at Noon CT
Week 8 – @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, October 26 at Noon CT
Week 9 – vs. Washington Redskins, Sunday, November 2 at Noon CT
Week 10 – BYE
Week 11 – @ Chicago Bears, Sunday, November 16 at Noon CT
Week 12 – vs. Green Bay Packers, Sunday, November 23 at Noon CT
Week 13 – vs. Carolina Panthers, Sunday, November 30 at Noon CT
Week 14 – vs. New York Jets, Sunday, December 7 at Noon CT
Week 15 – @ Detroit Lions, Sunday, December 14 at Noon CT
Week 16 – @ Miami Dolphins, Sunday, December 21 at Noon CT
Week 17 – vs. Chicago Bears, Sunday, December 28 at Noon CT
So as you can see the Vikings are in for a difficult start in 2014, just like in 2013. Rams, Pats, Saints, Falcons and Packers in weeks one through five is a fairly brutal way to kick things off, as all of those teams are expected to at least make a playoff push.
The rest of the slate isn’t bad and the last five games should all be winnable contests for the purple and gold.
Stay tuned, much more schedule analysis to come from Rant Sports!
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