The Vikings announced their regular season schedule* *Thursday.
We're breaking it down into groups of four games to break the ice on Minnesota's opponents in the 2016 season.
The third grouping of games includes the Vikings alternating between road trips and home games. Minnesota will visit Washington in Week 10 before hosting Arizona. The Vikings then will start everyone's Thanksgiving buffet of football by visiting the Lions for the tradition enjoyed by Detroit. Minnesota will round out its third quarter of the season by hosting Dallas on Thursday Night Football, one of three national TV broadcasts scheduled to highlight the brand new stadium this season.
Vikings at Redskinsby @LindseyMNSports
Noon* | Nov. 13 | FedExField
Vikings W-L-T: 12-12-0
Home: 6-6-0; Away: 6-6-0
Last time in regular season:Vikings defeated Redskins 29-26 on Nov. 2, 2014* *
Last time in regular season at Washington:Vikings lost 38-26 on Oct. 14, 2012
Washington's 2015 offensive rankings:
Total yards: 5,661 (17th in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,566 (20th); Passing yards: 4,095 (11th); Points/game: 24.3 (10th); Sacks allowed/pass play percentage: 4.86 percent (7th); Interception rate: 1.98 percent (11th); Average time of possession: 31:39 (5th)
Washington's 2015 defensive rankings:
Total yards allowed/game: 380.6 (28th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 122.6 (26th); Passing yards allowed/game: 258.0 (25th); Points allowed/game: 23.7 (17th); Sacks/pass play: 6.71 percent (16th); Interception rate: 1.94 percent (25th)
Icebreakers:The Vikings have won four of their past five matchups with Washington and will look to grab a third consecutive victory over the NFC East team. … After going 3-13 and 4-12 in 2013 and 2014, respectively, Washington boasted a 9-7 record in 2015 and made its first playoff appearance since 2012. … This year likely will mark Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' first game against the Vikings. In 2015, Cousins started all 16 games and completed 379 of 543 passes for 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns. Cousins finished the season with a passer rating of 101.6. … Redskins TE Jordan Reed led the team with 952 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in his third season with Washington. … In 2015, the Redskins defense ranked 26th in rushing yards allowed and 31st in passing yards allowed per game. … In the teams' last meeting on Nov. 2, 2014, Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater threw for 268 yards and one touchdown. For the Redskins, RB Alfred Morris led the team with 92 rushing yards. Morris departed for Dallas in free agency this offseason. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 3-2 against the Redskins and has been limited to an average of 51 yards per game. In 2011, Peterson tore his ACL in the Vikings 33-26 win over Washington. … Vikings CB Terence Newman has played the Redskins 18 times over his career and has nine interceptions against them, more than any other opponent.
Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Cardinals.
Vikings vs. Cardinals by@EricLSmith
Noon* | Nov. 20 | U.S. Bank Stadium
Vikings W-L-T: 15-11-0
Home: 9-4; Away: 6-7
Last time in regular season:Cardinals defeated Vikings 23-20 on Dec. 10, 2015, in Arizona
Last time in regular season in Minnesota:Vikings defeated Cardinals 21-14 on Oct. 21, 2012
Arizona's 2015 offensive rankings:
Total yards: 6,533 (1st in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,917 (8th); Passing yards: 4,616 (2nd); Points/game: 30.6 (2nd); Sacks allowed/pass play percentage: 4.80 percent (6th); Interception rate: 2.31 percent (19th); Average time of possession: 32:04 (1st)
Arizona's 2015 defensive rankings:
Total yards allowed/game: 321.7 (5th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 91.3 (6th); Passing yards allowed/game: 230.4 (8th); Points allowed/game: 19.6 (tied for 7th); Sacks/pass play: 6.28 percent (19th); Interception rate: 3.32 percent (3rd)
Icebreakers:Prior to last season's loss, the Vikings had won three in a row against the Cardinals. … Arizona finished with the best offense in the NFL in terms of yards per game as the Cardinals went 13-3 and won the NFC West for the first time since 2009. … Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer threw for career highs of 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns. … The Vikings fell just short last season as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for a career-best 335 yards against a stingy Arizona defense. … Arizona rookie running back David Johnson rushed for 581 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015. … Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald led Arizona in receptions (109), yards (1,215) and touchdowns (nine). … Cardinals cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and safety Rashad Johnson, who signed with the Titans this offseason, tied for the team lead with five interceptions apiece.
View photos through the years of the Vikings on Thanksgiving.
Vikings at Lionsby @pcraigers
11:30 a.m. | Nov. 24 | Ford Field
Vikings W-L-T: 71-36-2
Home: 39-14-1; Away: 32-22-1
Last time in regular season:Vikings defeated Lions 28-19 on Oct. 25, 2015 in Detroit* *
Last time in regular season in Detroit:same
Detroit's 2015 offensive rankings:
Total yards: 5,547 (20th in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,335 (32nd); Passing yards: 4,212 (9th); Points/game: 22.4 (18th); Sacks allowed/pass play percentage: 6.96 percent (22nd) Interception rate: 2.22 percent (15th); Average time of possession: 31:05 (9th)
Detroit's 2015 defensive rankings:
Total yards allowed/game: 349.6 (18th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 112.8 (19th); Passing yards allowed/game: 236.8 (15th); Points allowed/game: 25.0 (23rd); Sacks/pass play: 8.14 percent (3rd); Interception rate: 1.70 percent (26th)
Icebreakers:This will be the fourth time for the Vikings to visit the Lions on Thanksgiving Day. After beating Detroit by a combined 50-0 in the first two Turkey Day appearances (1969, 1988), Minnesota fell 44-38 in 1995. … The Vikings are seeking their second straight win in Detroit for the first time since 2008-09. … Lions QB Matthew Stafford is 5-7 vs. the Vikings. The number one overall pick of 2009 has a career passer rating of 90.6 against Minnesota. In each of the six seasons (2009, 2011-15) that Stafford has played against the Vikings, the winner of the first game has swept the season slate in all but 2013. … The Lions ground game is likely to be led by second year multi-faceted threat Ameer Abdullah, who led Detroit with 143 carries for 597 yards. Abdullah had two rushing touchdowns and one receiving score, adding 25 catches for 183 yards. He also returned 37 kickoffs 1,077 yards (29.1 per return).
Vikings vs. Cowboysby* *@EricLSmith
7:25 p.m. | Dec. 1 | U.S. Bank Stadium
Vikings W-L-T: 14-15-0
Home: 7-9; Away: 7-6
Last time in regular season:Cowboys defeated Vikings 27-23 on Nov. 3, 2013, in Dallas
Last time in regular season in Minnesota:Vikings defeated Cowboys 24-21 on Oct. 17, 2010
Dallas' 2015 offensive rankings:
Total yards: 5,361 (22nd in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,890 (9th); Passing yards: 3,471 (27th) ; Points/game: 17.2 (31st); Sacks allowed/pass play percentage: 6.25 percent (17th); Interception rate: 4.17 percent (32nd); Average time of possession: 30:59 (tied for 11th)
Dallas' 2015 defensive rankings:
Total yards allowed/game: 348.1 (17th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 120.9 (tied for 22nd); Passing yards allowed/game: 227.3 (5th); Points allowed/game: 23.4 (16th); Sacks/pass play: 6.13 percent (21st); Interception rate: 1.58 percent (29th)
Icebreakers:Although the Vikings lost their last meeting against Dallas, they have had a recent run of success against the Cowboys by winning seven of the previous nine contests. … Dallas should benefit from the return of quarterback Tony Romo, who played in just four games in 2015 due to injuries. Romo is Dallas' all-time leader with 34,154 passing yards and has thrown for 4,000-plus yards in a season four times. … Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was also limited by injuries in 2015. He played in just nine games, catching 31 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns. ... Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett is in his sixth full season in charge and is 45-43 with Dallas. … Vikings cornerback Terence Newman was the fifth overall pick by Dallas in the 2003 NFL Draft. Newman recorded 32 interceptions in nine seasons with the Cowboys.
All listed times are Central.
- Game time subject to the NFL's flexible scheduling procedures.