A pair of primetime matchups against two of the Vikings' NFC North rivals and the season-opener in San Diego against the Chargers highlights the club's 16-game schedule for the 2011-12 season, which was released today.
Below you will find the date, location opponent, and the Vikings all-time record against said opponent for each game of the 2011 regular season:
9/11 at San Diego 5-5-0
1984 was the last time the Vikings opened against the Chargers. They have never opened in San Diego and last played there in 2003. In the 2007 meeting in Minneapolis,
9/18 Tampa Bay 31-20-0
Tampa Bay played in Minnesota every year from 1977-2001 as a member of the NFC Central, but this year they’ll play in Minnesota for just the second time since 2005. The Vikings are 18-7 against Tampa Bay at Mall of America Field.
9/25 Detroit 66-31-2
The Vikings haven’t lost to the Lions in Minneapolis since 1997 and hold a 36-12-1 record at home.
10/2 at Kansas City 4-6-0
The last Vikings victory in Kansas City came back in 1974 by a Bud Grant led squad.
10/9 Arizona 13-10-0
Vikings have battled Arizona in 5 of the last 6 seasons and have won 6 consecutive home contests.
10/16 at Chicago 52-46-2
The NFC North will be on a national stage as the Vikings and Bears face off on Sunday Night Football on NBC. Minnesota holds a 4-3 lead in Sunday night primetime contests against the Monsters of the Midway.
10/23 Green Bay 49-51-1
For the fourth straight season the Vikings will face the defending Super Bowl champions. Minnesota has won 2 out of the last 3 games played at Mall of America Field against the green and gold.
10/30 at Carolina 5-4-0
Vikings are looking for their first-ever win at Carolina. Vikings are set to face the #1 overall pick from the 2011 NFL Draft. Vikings have won 2 of the last 3 games against the Panthers dating back to 2006.
11/14 at Green Bay 49-51-1
This marks the Vikings only appearance on Monday Night Football during the 2011 season. It will be the eighth MNF matchup between these two storied franchises; Minnesota holds a 4-3 advantage in Monday night contests.
11/20 Oakland 4-9-0
The Vikings are 3-3 all-time in home games against the Raiders with their last victory coming in 2007.
11/27 at Atlanta 16-10-0
2003 marks the last time the Vikings won in the Georgia Dome. Newly appointed offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave returns to take on his former employer.
12/4 Denver 7-5-0
The Broncos haven’t played in Minnesota since 2003. The last Vikings-Broncos game, played in Denver in 2007, went to overtime with the Broncos logging a 22-19 win.
12/11 at Detroit 66-31-2
Minnesota has been victorious in 15 of their last 17 games in the Motor City.
12/18 New Orleans 20-9-0
New Orleans faces a daunting task when entering Mall of America Field. The Vikings are 12-2 all-time against the Saints in Minnesota.
12/24 at Washington 9-11-0
Head Coach Leslie Frazier returns to the site of his first-ever victory as a head coach. The Vikings have won two straight road games at FedEx Field.
1/1/12 Chicago 52-46-2
Minnesota owns a 31-20 home record against the Bears and will look to make it four victories out of the last five contests when Lovie Smith and company roll into town.