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Vikings Release 2012 Schedule

Posted Apr 17, 2012

For the first time in 4 years, the Minnesota Vikings will start the NFL season within the friendly confines of Mall of America Field. The Vikings will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 9 with kickoff scheduled for Noon on CBS. When opening the NFL season at home, the Vikings are 17-7 all time.

Click here to view the full schedule or via the chart below.  You can view / download a PDF version of the schedule here.

The Vikings will play a total of 6 games against 4 playoff teams (Det, GB, Hou, SF) from 2011. Minnesota will appear on NFL Network for the first time since 2006, hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, October 25 at 7:20 p.m.

For the first time in team history, the Vikings will play all 4 games against Green Bay and Chicago in the final 6 weeks of the season. Minnesota only has 1 divisional game (9/30 @ Det) in the first 9 weeks of the year. The Vikings will play Green Bay twice in December, something that has never happened in their 102-game history.

Minnesota’s Week 11 bye, on 11/18, is the teams’ latest bye week since 1999. The Vikings will host just 2 home games after their bye week (12/9 vs. Chi and 12/30 vs. GB).

After starting the 2012 season in Minnesota, the Vikings will travel to Indianapolis in Week 2 for their first regular season appearance at Lucas Oil Field. Minnesota will then host the defending NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers before traveling to Detroit for their first NFC North matchup of the season in Week 4.

The Tennessee Titans will be making a trip to Minnesota for the first time since 2004 and for the 3rd consecutive season, the Vikings will face the Washington Redskins on the road. Head Coach Leslie Frazier is 2-0 at FedEx Field. After traveling to Washington, the Vikings will host two consecutive home games against Arizona and Tampa Bay. This will be the 5th season in a row where the Vikings and Cardinals have met.

Before the Week 11 bye, Minnesota will travel to Seattle and host Detroit. The Vikings last played in Seattle in 2006. After the bye, the Vikings will hit the road in consecutive weeks to face NFC North opponents Chicago and Green Bay for Weeks 12 and 13. Chicago will quickly reappear on the schedule as they come to Mall of America Field for a Week 14 tilt.

Weeks 15 and 16 will feature the Vikings final road games of the 2012 season as they go to St. Louis and Houston. Minnesota last played in Houston in 2004. The Green Bay Packers will come to Minnesota for the 2012 regular season finale.

Date       Opponent             All-Time Series        Notable                                                                                                                                            


9/9

Jacksonville

3-1-0

The Vikings will kick off the season at home for the first time since 2007 against the Jaguars, who are visiting Minnesota for the 4th time in their history, with the Vikings holding a 2-1 advantage. Jacksonville is led by head coach Mike Mularkey, who played tight end for the Vikings from 1983-88. The Vikings are 17-7 all-time when opening the season at home.

 

9/16

 

at Indianapolis

 

7-15-1

The Vikings make their first-ever trip to Lucas Oil Stadium. Minnesota will be searching for its first win in Indianapolis all-time.  

9/23

San Francisco

21-22-1

Minnesota will look to extend their 4-game win streak against San Francisco at home. The last time the 49ers beat the Vikings in Minnesota was 1992.

9/30

at Detroit

66-33-2

The Vikings have won 15 of their last 18 games in Detroit. They also hold a 30-20-1 record all-time against the Lions in Detroit.

10/7

Tennessee

7-4-0

The Titans make a rare visit to Minnesota, only playing there in 2001, 2004, and now in 2012. The will be only the 12th meeting between the Vikings and the Houston/Tennessee franchise.

10/14

at Washington

10-11-0

Head Coach Leslie Frazier returns to FedEx Field, the site of his first-ever victory as a head coach. The Vikings have won 2 straight games in Washington. This will be the 3rd straight year Minnesota has played at Washington.

10/21

Arizona

14-10-0

The last Cardinals victory in Minnesota came in 1977 when the team still played in St. Louis. The Vikings have won 6 consecutive home games against Arizona. The two teams have met every season since 2008.

10/25

Tampa Bay

31-21-0

The Vikings will host their first Thursday Night game since 2000 when they face the Buccaneers in a Week 8 matchup televised on NFL Network. The Vikings have a 5-6 record all-time on Thursday night. The last Thursday night game the Vikings played in was a 14-9 loss at New Orleans in the 2010 NFL season opener. The last time the Vikings played a game televised on NFL Network was a 9-7 loss to Green Bay on 12/21/06.

11/4

at Seattle

5-6-0

The Vikings will travel to Seattle for the first time since their 31-13 win there in 2006. Vikings TE John Carlson will make his first visit to Seattle after playing with the Seahawks from 2008-2011

11/11

Detroit

66-33-2

The Vikings have lost only one home game to Detroit since 1998 and hold a 36-13 home record all-time against the Lions.

11/25

at Chicago

52-48-2

The Vikings will try to get their first win in the Windy City since 2007, when they beat the Bears 34-31 on a game-winning 55-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell.

12/2

at Green Bay

48-53-1

The Vikings will take to the road in a Week 13 contest in which they will look to capture their first win at Lambeau Field since 2009. 2012 will mark first time the Vikings have played both regular season games against Green Bay in December.

12/9

Chicago

52-48-2

The Vikings own a 31-21 home record against Chicago and will look for their fourth victory in the past six contests against the Bears at Mall of America Field.

12/16

at St. Louis

23-16-2

The Vikings travel to the Edward Jones Dome, a site they have played at only once since 2003. The Vikings beat the Rams 38-10 in their last visit to St. Louis in 2009. The two teams have met 7 times in postseason play, with Minnesota winning 5 of the games.

12/23

at Houston

2-0-0

Minnesota makes its second trip to Houston to take on the Texans. The Vikings have not lost to the Texans since they came into the League as an expansion team in 2002

 12/30

Green Bay

48-53-1

The defending NFC North champions will make their way to Mall of America Field in a series that is deadlocked 25-25 when played in Minnesota. This will be the 5th season finale the Vikings have played against Green Bay, the last was in 1996.