Ranking The Best 2013 Vikings Games at Mall of America Field

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Vikings single-game tickets have gone on sale, so now is a good time to take a look at the Vikings 2013 home slate and analyze each game. Below we’ve taken the Vikings seven scheduled regular season home games (doesn’t include the home game in London against Pittbsurgh) and ranked them in order of appeal.

1. Green Bay Packers – Week 8 – October 27
Our neighboring nemesis comes to town the weekend before Halloween, and our two new former Packers – Desmond Bishop and Greg Jennings – would love nothing more than to spook Green Bay back to Wisconsin with a prime time win on Sunday Night Football.

2. Washington Redskins – Week  10 – November 7
Just one season after Adrian Peterson completed a remarkable recovery from a serious knee injury, the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III will be attempting to do the same. No one could stop Peterson during his MVP season last year, and the Vikings will be charged with stopping RG3, the reigning rookie of the year, on this night in what is a rematch of last year’s defeat in Washington.

3. Cleveland Browns – Week 3 – September 22
It’s the home opener, and this year’s home premier features two of the game’s most physically-imposing runners – the reigning MVP in Adrian Peterson and second-year stud Trent Richardson.

4. Detroit Lions – Week 17 – December 29
It’s been a while since a home game versus Detroit has been worthy of much acclaim, but this year’s game against Detroit at home will be the final regular season game at Mall of America Field – a bittersweet moment for the organization and its passionate fan base.

5. Carolina Panthers – Week 6 – October 13
Following their game in London against the Pittsburgh Steelers and then a bye week after that, the Vikings return home in mid-October to face the Panthers, who are led by the sensational Cam Newton. He authored one of the best rookie seasons ever in 2011 and is looking to return to that form in 2013.

6. Chicago Bears – Week 13 – December 1
The Vikings kickoff what is sure to be a rugged month of December – five games in 29 days – with a crucial game against the Bears. It’s always fun to watch the Vikings pass rushers chase Jay Cutler around the Mall of America Field turf.

7. Philadelphia Eagles – Week 15 – December 15
The Eagles are an interesting watch this season because new head coach Chip Kelly brings with him from the University of Oregon an up-tempo offense that is not standard in the NFL. Will the Eagles run out of steam by this point in the season? Or will they take the League by storm and present a challenge for the Vikings defense?