The ‘where’ and ‘when’ part of the 2014 Vikings schedule won’t be known until the NFL releases next year’s schedule, which typically happens in late April, but the ‘who’ part is known for all 16 games next season.
As the Vikings make the transition to playing home games at the University of Minnesota for the next two years, next season they will welcome some of the NFL’s top quarterbacks to town, including Tom Brady, Cam Newton, and Matt Ryan, along with of course Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.
Next season the Vikings will welcome the following teams to Minnesota: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, New England, New York Jets, Atlanta, Carolina, and Washington.
Outside of the division opponents which of course don’t change on an annual basis, next season offers a good mix of high-end teams and also some games against clubs that didn’t perform well in 2013. Carolina and Washington came to Mall of America Field this past season, with the Vikings going 1-1 in those two games.
In terms of road games next season, the Vikings will head to much warmer climates on three occasions as they’ll visit Miami, Tampa Bay and New Orleans. Also on the docket for roadtrips next season are of course Chicago, Detroit and Green Bay, along with Buffalo and St. Louis.
Here is the breakdown of how the schedule is determined on an annual basis:
6 games against your division (3 on the road, 3 at home)
4 games against a division in the NFC (2 on the road, 2 at home)
4 games against a division in the AFC (2 on the road, 2 at home)
2 games against teams that finished in the same spot in their division as the Vikings did the previous year in the NFC outside of the division they play four games against already (1 on the road, 1 at home)
That last point can be a bit hard to explain, but for example, if the Vikings win their division and play 4 games against the NFC West the following year, then those two extra games would be against the teams who won the NFC East and NFC South.