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Minnesota Vikings 2020 Schedule Released, Opens at Home Against Green Bay Packers

EAGAN, Minn. – Nothing says kicking off a new season like hosting a Border Battle.

The Minnesota Vikings on Thursday released their 2020 NFL schedule. The 60th campaign in franchise history will get underway at noon (CT) Sept. 13 against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The rivals have met to open six previous seasons (1962, 1974, 1992, 1994, 2003 and 2008), but this will be the first time that Green Bay has visited Minnesota on Kickoff Weekend.

This will mark the fourth consecutive year for Minnesota to start a season at home.

REGULAR SEASON

WEEK 1 · Sun 09/13 · 12:00 PM CDT

Packers

Green Bay Packers

FOX
KFAN FM 100.3
U.S. Bank Stadium

WEEK 2 · Sun 09/20 · 12:00 PM CDT

AT

Colts

Indianapolis Colts

FOX
KFAN FM 100.3
Lucas Oil Stadium

WEEK 3 · Sun 09/27 · 12:00 PM CDT

Titans

Tennessee Titans

CBS
KFAN FM 100.3
U.S. Bank Stadium

WEEK 4 · Sun 10/04 · 12:00 PM CDT

AT

Texans

Houston Texans

FOX
KFAN FM 100.3
NRG Stadium

WEEK 5 · Sun 10/11 · 7:20 PM CDT

AT

Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

NBC
KFAN FM 100.3
CenturyLink Field

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/18 · 12:00 PM CDT

Falcons

Atlanta Falcons

FOX
KFAN FM 100.3
U.S. Bank Stadium

WEEK 7 - BYE WEEK

WEEK 8 · Sun 11/01 · 12:00 PM CST

AT

Packers

Green Bay Packers

FOX
KFAN FM 100.3
Lambeau Field

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/08 · 12:00 PM CST

Lions

Detroit Lions

CBS
KFAN FM 100.3
U.S. Bank Stadium

WEEK 10 · Mon 11/16 · 7:15 PM CST

AT

Bears

Chicago Bears

ESPN
KFAN FM 100.3
Soldier Field

WEEK 11 · Sun 11/22 · 3:25 PM CST

Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys

FOX
KFAN FM 100.3
U.S. Bank Stadium

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/29 · 12:00 PM CST

Panthers

Carolina Panthers

FOX
KFAN FM 100.3
U.S. Bank Stadium

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/06 · 12:00 PM CST

Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars

CBS
KFAN FM 100.3
U.S. Bank Stadium

WEEK 14 · Sun 12/13 · 12:00 PM CST

AT

Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FOX
KFAN FM 100.3
Raymond James Stadium

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/20 · 12:00 PM CST

Bears

Chicago Bears

FOX
KFAN FM 100.3
U.S. Bank Stadium

WEEK 16 · Fri 12/25 · 3:30 PM CST

AT

Saints

New Orleans Saints

FOX/NFLN/Amazon
KFAN FM 100.3
Mercedes-Benz Superdome

WEEK 17 · Sun 01/03 · 12:00 PM CST

AT

Lions

Detroit Lions

FOX
KFAN FM 100.3
Ford Field

PRESEASON

WEEK 1 · TBD

Texans

Houston Texans

TBD
KFAN 100.3 FM
U.S Bank Stadium

WEEK 2 · TBD

AT

Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals

TBD
KFAN 100.3 FM
Paul Brown Stadium

WEEK 3 · Sun 08/30 · 3:00 PM CDT

AT

Browns

Cleveland Browns

FOX
KFAN 100.3 FM
FirstEnergy Stadium

WEEK 4 · TBD

Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

TBD
KFAN 100.3 FM
U.S. Bank Stadium

Having defeated the Saints in 2017, 49ers in 2018 and Falcons in 2019, the Vikings will look to remain undefeated in season openers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota also won its 2016 home opener against Green Bay in the venue's inaugural game in Week 2.

After four straight seasons of hosting the Bears in Week 17, Minnesota will see a shake-up in 2020. The Vikings will still wrap up the regular season against a division foe, however, as they're slated to visit the Lions on Jan. 3, 2021.

Minnesota is scheduled for just two prime-time games in 2020, including a Sunday Night Football contest at – you guessed it – Seattle in Week 5. This season will mark the Vikings third straight to play on the road against the Seahawks in prime time, having taken the Monday Night Football stage in 2018 and 2019. The game will be Minnesota's 40th appearance on Sunday Night Football.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer joined "Voice of the Vikings" Paul Allen to react to the 2020 schedule and joked that Minnesota is "getting used to" the Pacific Northwest trip.

"At least it's on Sunday night and not a Monday-night [game] this year. That's a good thing," Zimmer said. "We've got five playoff teams in the first seven games, five of them won a game in the postseason last year. It will be a tough start."

The Vikings second prime-time matchup will be on Monday Night Football against the Bears at Soldier Field on Nov. 16.

Minnesota also has a pair of late afternoon games, starting with a 3:25 p.m. (CT) kickoff against the Cowboys Week 11, which will start a three-week stretch at home against Dallas, Carolina and Jacksonville, respectively.

The Panthers matchup is likely to feature former Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater, who left New Orleans for Carolina in free agency.

"That will be great seeing Teddy again. … He's a great kid, and we wish him all the best – except for that one game," Zimmer quipped. "It's nice to have three home games in a row."

The Vikings are set to celebrate their 60th NFL season in 2020. This Vikings 2020 NFL Schedule Gallery features key foes and offers a look at some throwback moments — near and far — against Minnesota's opponents.

Fans who watched the Vikings stun the Saints in the Wild Card round last season may want to ask Santa for a repeat victory. Minnesota will play in New Orleans at 3:30 p.m. (CT) Christmas Day, which in 2020 lands on a Friday, making for quite a rare occurrence. The Vikings have not played on Christmas Day since 2005, when they faced the Ravens on the road.

Minnesota has a Week 7 bye, the earliest since 2016 when it occurred in Week 6.

Zimmer said it "might be a little early" but that having the bye fall near the middle of the season is OK by him.

"We might have to look at it a little bit different this year, depending on if we need to get a little more work done instead of, in the past when it's been later on, we could give players a little more time off," Zimmer explained.

The Vikings will travel to Indianapolis in Week 2, their first time on the road against the AFC South team since 2012. They'll return home to host the Titans in Week 3 and then head to Houston to face Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak's former team in Week 4.

The Falcons will again visit the Vikings in 2020, following up last year's season opener; the two will meet in Week 6 for a noon kickoff before the bye week.

Coming out of the bye, Minnesota will play three consecutive games against NFC North opponents, visiting the Packers and hosting the Lions before facing the Bears in Chicago.

"It's a chance to really get focused after the bye week by understanding the importance of the three division games," Zimmer said.

Another date fans may want to circle on the calendar is Dec. 13, when the Vikings travel to Tampa Bay to face Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski with their new team.

Week 15 will mark Minnesota's final home game of the regular season when it hosts Chicago for a noon kickoff.

In addition to the regular-season schedule, the Vikings also unveiled their 2020 preseason schedule, with exact times and dates to still be determined. But stop me if you've heard this one before … they will match up against the Seahawks for an exhibition game.

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