EAGAN, Minn. – The wait is over, and the 2019 NFL schedule is set in stone.
Minnesota will play five prime-time games – two at home and three on the road – during the regular season, according to the Vikings schedule that was announced Wednesday.
Among this year’s evening matchups are two Monday Night Football contests down the stretch.
The Vikings will come off their Week 12 bye and travel to Seattle for a Monday Night Football rematch against the Seahawks on Dec. 2, a similar feel to last year’s encounter on the West Coast.
In Week 16, Minnesota will host division-rival Green Bay for the second Border Battle of the season. The Vikings are 4-4 against the Packers on MNF and haven’t met on a Monday since Nov. 14, 2011.
The Vikings first regular-season prime-time game will be a Thursday Night Football matchup, when Minnesota hosts Washington on Oct. 24 for the teams’ fourth meeting since Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer took the helm in 2014.
Kirk Cousins will face his former team for the first time since leaving Washington, and fans will see a familiar face in Case Keenum, who joined the Redskins via trade this offseason. Keenum will return to U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time since leading the Vikings to a last-second Divisional Round win over the Saints in 2017.
In addition to Monday and Thursday, Minnesota will hit the Sunday Night Football stage twice.
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On Nov. 11, the Vikings will head to the Lone Star State for a Week 10 matchup against the Cowboys. Zimmer, who spent 13 seasons in Dallas as defensive backs coach (1994-99) and defensive coordinator (2000-06), will get his first shot against his former team as a head coach. Zimmer missed the 2016 Vikings-Cowboys game after undergoing an emergency eye procedure.
The Vikings will escape the Twin Cities cold in Week 15, when they visit Los Angeles for a Sunday Night Football game against the Chargers. The series is tied 6-6 since 1971, and neither team has yet to notch a consecutive win against the other. The Vikings defeated the Chargers in September of 2015.
“For the first time in five years, we’ve got a Thursday night game at home on a short week. That will be a good one,” Zimmer told Vikings.com’s Mike Wobschall. “We’ve got five prime-time games this year, so we’re going to have to do a great job in all those. We’ve got a Monday night at home against Green Bay, so that will be another fun one.”
Of the Vikings five final games, three are scheduled for prime time.
Worth noting, however, is that the number of prime-time contests could increase to six if the NFL opts to flex a game from its current noon slot. Flex scheduling could also decrease the number of prime-time spots.
“We’ve got Seattle on Monday night and then we come back with Green Bay and then Chicago to end the season at home,” Zimmer said. “It will be a tough test for us, and we’re going to have to figure out the schedule where we can work it out the best for those West Coast games. It should be exciting.”