History

Opening Day Results

View how the Vikings have done in the first game of each season.

DATE OPPONENT (ATTENDANCE) RESULT HEAD COACH STARTING QB
9/17/1961 vs. Chicago (32,236) W, 37-13 Norm Van Brocklin George Shaw
9/16/1962 at Green Bay (38,669) L, 7-34 Norm Van Brocklin Fran Tarkenton
9/15/1963 at San Francisco (30,781) W, 24-20 Norm Van Brocklin Fran Tarkenton
9/13/1964 vs. Baltimore Colts (35,563) W, 34-24 Norm Van Brocklin Fran Tarkenton
9/19/1965 at Baltimore Colts (56,562) L, 16-35 Norm Van Brocklin Fran Tarkenton
9/11/1966 at San Francisco (29,312) T, 20-20 Norm Van Brocklin Fran Tarkenton
9/17/1967 vs. San Francisco (39,638) L, 21-27 Bud Grant Ron VanderKelen
9/14/1968 vs. Atlanta (45,563) W, 47-7 Bud Grant Joe Kapp
9/21/1969 at NY Giants (62,900) L, 23-24 Bud Grant Gary Cuozzo
9/20/1970 vs. Kansas City (47,900) W, 27-10 Bud Grant Gary Cuozzo
9/20/1971 at Detroit (54,418) W, 16-13 Bud Grant Gary Cuozzo
9/18/1972 vs. Washington (47,900) L, 21-24 Bud Grant Fran Tarkenton
9/16/1973 vs. Oakland (46,619) W, 24-16 Bud Grant Fran Tarkenton
9/15/1974 at Green Bay (56,312) W, 32-17 Bud Grant Fran Tarkenton
9/21/1975 vs. San Francisco (48,418) W, 27-17 Bud Grant Fran Tarkenton
9/12/1976 at New Orleans (58,156) W, 40-9 Bud Grant Fran Tarkenton
9/18/1977 vs. Dallas (47,678) L, 10-16 (OT) Bud Grant Fran Tarkenton
9/3/1978 at New Orleans (54,187) L, 24-31 Bud Grant Fran Tarkenton
9/2/1979 vs. San Francisco (46,539) W, 28-22 Bud Grant Tommy Kramer
9/7/1980 vs. Atlanta (44,733) W, 24-23 Bud Grant Tommy Kramer
9/5/1981 at Tampa Bay (66,287) L, 13-21 Bud Grant Steve Dils
9/12/1982 vs. Tampa Bay (58,440) W, 17-10 Bud Grant Tommy Kramer
9/4/1983 at Cleveland (70,087) W, 27-21 Bud Grant Tommy Kramer
9/2/1984 vs. San Diego (57,276) L, 13-42 Les Steckel Tommy Kramer
9/8/1985 vs. San Francisco (57,375) W, 28-21 Bud Grant Tommy Kramer
9/7/1986 vs. Detroit (54,851) L, 10-13 Jerry Burns Tommy Kramer
9/13/1987 vs. Detroit (57,061) W, 34-19 Jerry Burns Wade Wilson
9/4/1988 at Buffalo (76,783) L, 10-13 Jerry Burns Wade Wilson
9/10/1989 vs. Houston (54,015) W, 38-7 Jerry Burns Wade Wilson
9/9/1990 at Kansas City (68,363) L, 21-24 Jerry Burns Wade Wilson
9/1/1991 at Chicago (64,112) L, 6-10 Jerry Burns Wade Wilson
9/6/1992 at Green Bay (58,617) W, 23-20 (OT) Dennis Green Rich Gannon
9/5/1993 at LA Raiders (44,120) L, 7-24 Dennis Green Jim McMahon
9/4/1994 at Green Bay (59,487) L, 10-16 Dennis Green Warren Moon
9/3/1995 at Chicago (63,036) L, 14-31 Dennis Green Warren Moon
9/1/1996 vs. Detroit (52,972) W, 17-13 Dennis Green Warren Moon
8/31/1997 at Buffalo (79,139) W, 34-13 Dennis Green Brad Johnson
9/6/1998 vs. Tampa Bay (62,538) W, 31-7 Dennis Green Brad Johnson
9/12/1999 at Atlanta (69,555) W, 17-14 Dennis Green Randall Cunningham
9/3/2000 vs. Chicago (64,104) W, 30-27 Dennis Green Daunte Culpepper
9/9/2001 vs. Carolina (64,108) L, 13-24 Dennis Green Daunte Culpepper
9/8/2002 at Chicago (63,226) * L, 23-27 Mike Tice Daunte Culpepper
9/7/2003 at Green Bay (70,505) W, 30-25 Mike Tice Daunte Culpepper
9/12/2004 vs. Dallas (64,105) W, 35-17 Mike Tice Daunte Culpepper
9/11/2005 vs. Tampa Bay (63,939) L, 13-24 Mike Tice Daunte Culpepper
9/11/2006 at Washington (90,608) W, 19-16 Brad Childress Brad Johnson
9/9/2007 vs. Atlanta (62,815) W, 24-3 Brad Childress Tarvaris Jackson
9/8/2008 at Green Bay (71,004) L, 19-24 Brad Childress Tarvaris Jackson
9/13/2009 at Cleveland (70,560) W, 34-20 Brad Childress Brett Favre
9/9/2010 at New Orleans (70,051) L, 14-9 Brad Childress Brett Favre
9/11/2011 at San Diego (66,716) L 24-17 Leslie Frazier Donovan McNabb
9/9/2012 vs. Jacksonville (56,607) W 26-23 (OT) Leslie Frazier Christian Ponder
9/8/2013 at Detroit (62,461) L, 34-24 Leslie Frazier Christian Ponder
9/7/2014 at St. Louis (55,919) W, 34-6 Mike Zimmer Matt Cassel
9/14/2015 at San Francisco L, 20-3 Mike Zimmer Teddy Bridgewater