There will be no lack of interest when the Vikings open the 2010 NFL regular season. In the NFL’s 1st game of 2010, the Vikings will travel to New Orleans for a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game in the Superdome against the defending Super Bowl Champion Saints on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. on NBC. It marks the 3rd-straight year the Vikings match up with the reigning Super Bowl champions.
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The season opener kicks off a slate that includes a total of 8 games against 7 playoff teams from 2009, 4 prime time games and home games against 2009 NFC playoff teams Dallas (Oct. 17), Arizona (Nov. 7) and Green Bay (Nov. 21).
Minnesota opens play at Mall of America Field on Sunday, Sept. 19 against the Miami Dolphins, who will make their 1st trip to the Twin Cities since 2002. NFC North play begins the following week at home against Detroit on Sept. 26 before the Vikings bye week on Oct. 3. The Vikings enter 2010 looking to extend their 126-game home sellout streak, which has spanned the past 12 seasons. Minnesota has also won its last 9 regular season home games since 2008 and boasts a 69-27 (.719 winning pct.) home record in the regular season since the sellout streak began.
A 5-game gauntlet against 2009 playoff teams awaits the Vikings when they return from their open date. The potentially grueling stretch begins with an ESPN Monday Night Football matchup on Oct. 11 against the New York Jets, who advanced to last year’s AFC Championship game, and is followed by a rematch of last year’s NFC Divisional game against Dallas at Mall of America Field on Oct. 17.
The Vikings then travel to Lambeau Field for a Sunday night tilt against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 24, before heading to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots on Halloween. Minnesota returns home to face Arizona on Sunday, Nov. 7. It will mark the 4th meeting in the last 5 years between the Vikings and the 2009 NFC West Division champion Cardinals.
A Nov. 14 tilt at the Chicago Bears is followed by the back half of the perennial home-and-home series against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 21. The Vikings travel to play the Washington Redskins on Nov. 28 before returning to the Twin Cities for their final 3 home games of the season. Minnesota opens the home stand on Dec. 5 against the Buffalo Bills before facing the New York Giants at home for the 3rd consecutive season on Dec. 12. The regular season home finale will be a Monday Night Football matchup against Chicago on Dec. 20.
The Vikings close the regular season with a pair of road games for the first time since 2001, playing against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 26. Minnesota closes the season at Detroit on Jan. 2, where it has compiled a 7-1 record dating back to 2002.
Fans looking to purchase season or single-game tickets can do so by visiting www.vikings.com or calling the Vikings Ticket Office at 612-33-VIKES.