With no game from this past weekend to review, now is a good time to look at what’s ahead for the Vikings over the next month. The Vikings come out of their Week 5 bye with a 1-3 record and with a challenging stretch of games in front of them, beginning this week when the Carolina Panthers come to Mall of America Field.
Here’s a look at the Vikings next four games…
Week 6 vs. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers 1-3 record isn’t intimidating on the surface, but a closer look at this team reveals plenty of challenges. Quarterback Cam Newton is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the game and Carolina’s defensive front seven is as talented and disruptive as you can find in the NFC. And then there’s veteran Steve Smith, who is still making plays after all these years and actually scored the first touchdown of his career in Minnesota.
Week 7 at NY Giants (Monday Night Football)
The prime time stage in London was good practice for the Vikings because their Week 7 game against the Giants at Met Life Stadium opens a stretch of three of four games that will be played under the bright lights of prime time. The Giants will be a desperate team looking for wins, too, which is not a fun circumstance under which to battle head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning, a pair with much success under pressure and with their backs against the wall.
Week 8 vs. Green Bay Packers (Sunday Night Football)
After a Monday Night Football date with the Giants, the Vikings return home the following week for a Sunday Night Football showdown with rival Green Bay. This is
Week 9 at Dallas Cowboys
The Vikings close the second quarter of their schedule by traveling to Dallas to play in the Cowboys (fairly) new billion-dollar stadium for the first time. The Vikings will have seen three top-caliber quarterbacks before this game and it doesn’t get any easier going against the gun-slinging Tony Romo, who threw for over 500 yards against the Broncos and has built up a tremendous rapport with young playmaker Dez Bryant and always has the reliable Jason Witten in his sites. Also, beware of defensive end DeMarcus Ware, a sack machine who will take on Pro Bowl left tackle