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2015 Minnesota Vikings Schedule Notes

Monday, Sep. 14 | at San Francisco 49ers | 9:20 PM | ESPN

For the 5th time in franchise history, the Vikings will open the season on Monday Night Football. It will mark the first time since 9/8/08 (at GB) when they travel to San Francisco for the 3rd ever matchup between the clubs on MNF. It is the Vikings 1st visit to Levi's Stadium, home of Super Bowl 50, since it was built in 2014. This is the Vikings first game against San Francisco since the teams met in Minnesota in 2012, a Vikings 24-13 victory. Currently, the Vikings have won 3 consecutive games over the 49ers dating back to 2007 and have won 5 of the last 6 meetings.  When the Vikings take on Jim Tomsula's squad, it will mark the first of 6 games that the Vikings will play during the 2015 season against clubs that have a new head coach. This matchup marks the latest Vikings season opener since 9/18/77 vs. Dallas. 

Sunday, Sep. 20 | Detroit Lions | 12:00 PM | FOX

The Vikings will host Detroit in their home opener in the matchup of NFC North teams in Week 2. The Vikings will look to avenge last year's season sweep in their first divisional game of the 2015 season. Last year, the Lions defeated the Vikings at home 17-3 in the first matchup of the year before winning in Detroit 16-14. The Vikings currently hold a 69-36-2 record against the Lions, the most wins the Vikings have against one franchise. The Vikings have won 15 of the last 17 home matchups against the divisional foe dating back to the 1998 season.

Sunday, Sep. 27 | San Diego Chargers | 12:00 PM | CBS

For the first time since 2007, the Vikings will host San Diego when the Chargers visit TCF Bank Stadium in Week 3. In the last meeting between the teams, San Diego defeated the Vikings 24-17 in the 2011 season opener. Current Vikings OC Norv Turner will face his former team for the first time since serving as the Chargers head coach from 2007-12.  The Vikings will look to move to 5-3 at home against the Chargers and win the 4th meeting in the past 5 home matchups.

Sunday, Oct. 4 | at Denver Broncos | 3:25 PM | FOX

The Vikings will face another 1st-year head coach when the Vikings travel to Denver to take on Gary Kubiak and the Broncos. With the series tied at 3-3 when playing in Denver, the Vikings will look to take the edge in the series after losing the last road matchup in 2007. The Vikings are in search of their first win at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in just their second game in the stadium. This matchup will mark the first time that the Vikings have squared off against a Peyton Manning led offense since they played the Colts in 2008.

Sunday, Oct. 18 | Kansas City Chiefs | 12:00 PM | CBS

Coming off the bye, the Vikings will host Kansas City in Week 6. It will mark the first time since 2003 that the teams have met in Minnesota, a 45-20 Vikings victory. A rematch of Super Bowl IV, this matchup is the 1st of 2 Super Bowl rematches the Vikings will participate in during the NFL's year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Super Bowls. This meeting will mark the first time that the teams have faced since 2011, a 22-17 Chiefs victory at Arrowhead Stadium.

Sunday, Oct. 25 | at Detroit Lions | 12:00 PM | FOX

Mike Zimmer will lead the Vikings into their 1st divisional road game when the team takes on Detroit in Week 7. The Vikings will look to bounce back from last season's series sweep in this early season contest. Last year, the Vikings squared off in Detroit in Week 15, a 16-14 Lions victory. QB Teddy Bridgewater threw for 315 yards on 31-of-41 passing with 1 touchdown.

Sunday, Nov. 1 | at Chicago Bears | 12:00 PM | FOX

In the 2nd of back-to-back NFC North road games, the Vikings will head to Chicago in Week 8. The Vikings will look to win at Soldier Field for the first time since 2007. In last season's 21-13 defeat, Charles Johnson had a breakout game, catching 6 passes for 87 yards. Xavier Rhodes intercepted the first pass of his career and Harrison Smith added a 52-yard interception return. The Vikings are currently 21-30-2 when playing in Chicago.

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Sunday, Nov. 8 | St. Louis Rams | 12:00 PM | FOX

The Vikings will play St. Louis for the 2nd consecutive season after defeating the Rams 31-6 on the road in the 2014 season opener giving Head Coach Mike Zimmer his 1st career win. Cordarrelle Patterson rushed for a 67-yard touchdown and Harrison Smith returned an interception 81 yards for a touchdown to help in the Vikings victory. The Rams will travel to Minnesota for the first time since 12/31/06 when they defeated the Vikings 41-21. The Vikings will look to improve on their 25-16-2 series record with the Rams, including a 14-3-2 record at home, when the two clubs meet. 

Sunday, Nov. 15 | at Oakland Raiders | 3:05 PM | FOX

The Vikings will travel to Oakland for the first time since 2003 when the two square off in Week 10. This game will be a rematch of Super Bowl XI when the Raiders defeated the Vikings 32-14, marking one of the 19 regular season matchup in 2015 that will feature a Super Bowl rematch during the season leading up to the 50th Super Bowl. Former Vikings player Jack Del Rio (1992¬95) is in his first season coaching the Raiders in 2015. In addition, former Vikings Head Coach Mike Tice currently serves as the Raiders Offensive Line Coach and former Vikings Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave coaches for the Raiders in the same capacity. The Vikings will look to win their first game in Oakland since 1996 when they defeated the Raiders 16-13 in overtime and improve their series record to 5-10.

Sunday, Nov. 22 | Green Bay Packers | 12:00 PM | FOX

For the 54th time in franchise history, the Vikings will host the Green Bay Packers when the teams meet. The Vikings will look for their first home victory over the bordering rivals since 2012 when the Vikings defeated Green Bay in the regular season finale to clinch a Wild Card playoff berth. In last season's meeting, Green Bay defeated Minnesota 24-21. Charles Johnson caught his first career touchdown pass in last season's contest at TCF Bank Stadium against the team that drafted him in 2013. 

Sunday, Nov. 29 | at Atlanta Falcons | 12:00 PM | FOX

Following a 41-28 win over Atlanta in 2014, the Vikings will look to win back-to-back games for the first time in the series since 1991-96. In last season's matchup, Teddy Bridgewater threw for 317 yards and a rushing touchdown in his first career start. He and Jerick McKinnon became the first rookies in franchise history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game. Blair Walsh added four FGs to help give the Vikings their first win over the Falcons since the 2007 season.

Sunday, Dec. 6 | Seattle Seahawks | 12:00 PM | FOX

The 2-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks will visit Minnesota for a Week 13 contest. Following back-to-back defeats against Seattle, the Vikings will look to top the Seahawks for the first time since 2009 when the Vikings won 35-9 on 11/22/09. This matchup marks just the 6th time that the Seahawks will travel to Minnesota since the franchise's inception in 1976. In the last contest during the 2013 season, Jarius Wright hauled in 2 TDs in the 41-20 defeat. In the 2014 NFL Draft, the Seahawks traded their 1st-round pick to the Vikings who used the selection to take QB Teddy Bridgewater. Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll was a member of the Vikings staff under Bud Grant and Jerry Burns from 1985-89.

Thursday, Dec. 10 | at Arizona Cardinals | 7:25 PM | NFLN

The Vikings will face Arizona in a primetime game for the 1st time since 12/6/09 when the two teams square off on Thursday Night Football. The Vikings enter the contest with a 3-game winning streak over the Cardinals dating back to 2010. This con¬test marks the Vikings 2nd TNF game in the month of December in franchise history. In the last matchup of the two clubs, the Vikings defeated the Cardinals 21-14 in 2012. 

Sunday, Dec. 20 | Chicago Bears | 12:00 PM | FOX

The Vikings look to win their 4th straight home game over the Chicago Bears when the two teams meet in Week 15 at TCF Bank Stadium. In last year's season finale, the Vikings defeated the Bears 13-9 giving Head Coach Mike Zimmer his first divisional win. Adam Thielen led the way with 3 catches for 68 yards and his 1st career receiving touchdown to give the Vikings the edge over the NFC North foe. The Vikings currently lead the series, which has dated back to 1961, with a 55-51-2 record, including a 34-21 record at home. This game will mark the 3rd time that Chicago has visited TCF Bank Stadium, the most of any opponent.

Sunday, Dec. 27 | New York Giants | 12:00 PM | FOX

The Vikings will host the New York Giants for the first time since the teams played in a Monday Night Football game at Ford Field in Detroit after the roof collapsed at the Metrodome. Prior to that, the Vikings last hosted the Giants in Minnesota in 2009, a 44-7 Vikings victory. The last matchup, also a Monday Night Football game, was won by the Giants with a 23-7 score on 10/21/13. Linval Joseph will face his former team for the first time in this Week 16 matchup, which will mark the lone time that the Vikings play an NFC East opponent in 2015.

Sunday, Jan. 3 | at Green Bay Packers | 12:00 PM | FOX

The Vikings will look to avenge last season's Thursday Night Football loss at Green Bay when the two teams meet in the regular season finale. This matchup between the border rivals will mark the first time the clubs have played a regular season contest in the month of January. WR Adam Thielen caught his first career pass in the 42-10 loss, finishing with 4 catches for 57 yards. The Vikings and Packers will meet at Lambeau Field for the 40th time this season with the Packers holding a 21-16-2 edge in the contests. The Vikings will look to snap a 5-game skid in the rivalry, having last won in Green Bay in 2009.

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