The Vikings announced their 2017 regular-season schedule on Thursday.
Vikings.com is breaking down the four quarters of opponents this season and continuing with the second grouping of games that start with back-to-back divisional contests at Chicago and against Green Bay. Rare opponent Baltimore will make just its second appearance in Minnesota, which will be followed by the Vikings trip to London as the "road" team against the Cleveland Browns.
Vikings at Bears by @LindseyMNSports
7:30 p.m. | Monday, Oct. 9 | Soldier Field
Vikings W-L-T: 58-52-2
Home: 36-21; Away: 22-31-2
Last time in regular season:Vikings defeated Bears 38-10 on Jan. 1, 2017, in Minnesota
Last time in regular season at Chicago:Vikings lost 20-10 to Bears on Oct. 31, 2016
Chicago's 2016 offensive rankings:
Total yards: 5,704 (15th in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,735 (17th); Passing yards: 3,969 (tied for 14th); Points/game: 17.4 (tied for 28th); Sacks allowed/pass play percentage: 5.01 percent (8th); Interception rate: 3.40 percent (29th); Average time of possession: 28:07 (30th)
Chicago's 2016 defensive rankings:
Total yards allowed/game: 346.8 (15th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 121.9 (27th); Passing yards allowed/game: 224.9 (7th); Points allowed/game: 24.9 (24th); Sacks/pass play: 6.98 percent (8th); Interception rate: 1.51 percent (28th)
Icebreakers:The Vikings are looking to notch a second consecutive win over Chicago after closing out their 2016 regular season by defeating the Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. … The Vikings will look to record a win at Chicago after only notching just one victory out their past eight trips to Soldier Field. Minnesota snapped the streak with a win on Nov. 1, 2015 but fell short on last season's visit. … Rookie running back Jordan Howard was the Bears leading rusher in 2016 and racked up 288 yards and one touchdown over two meetings with the Vikings. … Minnesota's defense faced two different Bears quarterbacks last season in Jay Cutler and Matt Barkley but will likely see Mike Glennon in 2017 after he signed with Chicago as a free agent. … Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, second on the team in receiving in 2016, is no longer with the Bears after signing with Philadelphia in March. … The Bears in 2016 ranked 15th in the league for yards per game (356.5) and were No. 5 for yards per play (5.90).
View images of the Vikings opponents after the 2017 schedule was released on Thursday.
Vikings vs. Packersby @EricLSmith
Noon* | Sunday, Oct. 15 | U.S. Bank Stadium
Vikings W-L-T: 51-60-2
Home: 27-28; Away: 24-32-2
Last time in regular season:Packers defeated Vikings 38-25 on Dec. 24, 2016, in Green Bay
Last time in regular season in Minnesota:Vikings defeated Packers 17-14 on Sept. 18, 2016
Green Bay's 2016 offensive rankings:
Total yards: 5,900 (8th in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,701 (20th); Passing yards: 4,199 (7th); Points/game: 27.0 (4th); Sacks allowed/pass play percentage: 5.65 percent (13th); Interception rate: 1.29 percent (5th); Average time of possession: 31:14 (5th)
Green Bay's 2016 defensive rankings:
Total yards allowed/game: 363.9 (22nd); Rushing yards allowed/game: 94.7 (8th); Passing yards allowed/game: 269.3 (31st); Points allowed/game: 24.3 (21st); Sacks/pass play: 7.01 percent (7th); Interception rate: 2.98 percent (5th)
Icebreakers (this one will preview whichever the first matchup is):The Vikings are looking to get back on the winning track against the Packers after losing in Green Bay in Week 16 of last season. …The Vikings defeated the Packers at home last season in the opener of U.S. Bank Stadium. …. The teams have split their past four matchups and each have claimed the NFC North title over the past two seasons. … Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 4,428 yards with 40 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2016. … Green Bay lost a handful of players in free agency, including guard T.J. Lang, running back Eddie Lacy and safety Micah Hyde. … The Packers signed tight end Martellus Bennett as a free agent this offseason. … Green Bay went 10-6 in 2016 despite having a 4-6 record at one point.
Vikings vs. Ravensby @EricLSmith
Noon* | Sunday, Oct. 22 | U.S. Bank Stadium
Vikings W-L-T: 2-3
Home: 1-0; Away: 1-3
Last time in regular season:Ravens defeated Vikings 29-26 on Dec. 8, 2013, in Baltimore
Last time in regular season in Minnesota:Vikings defeated Ravens 33-31 on Oct. 18, 2009
Baltimore's 2016 offensive rankings:
Total yards: 5,563 (17th in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,463 (28th); Passing yards: 4,100 (12th); Points/game: 21.4 (21st); Sacks allowed/pass play percentage: 4.86 percent (7th); Interception rate: 2.36 percent (18th); Average time of possession: 30:46 (9th)
Baltimore's 2016 defensive rankings:
Total yards allowed/game: 322.1 (7th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 89.4 (5th); Passing yards allowed/game: 232.8 (9th); Points allowed/game: 20.1 (9th); Sacks/pass play: 5.36 percent (24th); Interception rate: 3.11 percent (1st)
Icebreakers:The Vikings and Ravens have only played five times against each other, the second-fewest games the Vikings have against a single opponent. Minnesota has played the Texans just four times. … This will be just the second time the Vikings have hosted the Ravens. … Baltimore's defense lead the league with an interception rate of 3.11 percent last season. … Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 4,317 yards with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2016. … Former Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace had 72 receptions for 1,017 yards and four touchdowns last season. … The Ravens tied for fourth in the league with 28 takeaways in 2016. … Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker led the league in field goal percentage in 2016 at 97.4 percent. Tucker, an All-Pro, made 38 of 39 field goal attempts and made all 27 of his extra point tries.
Vikings at Browns (in London)by @EricLSmith
8:30 a.m. | Sunday, Oct. 29 | Twickenham Stadium
Vikings W-L-T: 11-4
Home: 7-2; Away: 4-2
Last time in regular season:Browns defeated Vikings 31-27 on Sept. 22, 2013, in Minnesota
Last time in regular season in London:Teams have never met in London
Cleveland's 2016 offensive rankings:
Total yards: 4,976 (30th in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,712 (19th); Passing yards: 3,264 (28th); Points/game: 16.5 (31st); Sacks allowed/pass play percentage: 11.64 percent (32nd); Interception rate: 2.47 percent (19th); Average time of possession: 27:44 (31st)
Cleveland's 2016 defensive rankings:
Total yards allowed/game: 392.4 (31st); Rushing yards allowed/game: 142.7 (31st); Passing yards allowed/game: 249.8 (21st); Points allowed/game: 28.3 (30th); Sacks/pass play: 4.79 percent (29th); Interception rate: 1.84 percent (23rd)
Icebreakers:This will mark the Vikings second trip across the pond to London for a regular-season game, and their first as the road team. … Minnesota earned a 34-27 win over Pittsburgh in 2013 in front of 83,518 at London's Wembley Stadium. … This will be Cleveland's first game in London. … The Browns hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after finishing a league-worst 1-15 last season. … Cleveland hasn't had a winning season since 2007 when it went 10-6. … The Browns used five different quarterbacks in 2016. … Vikings defensive end Brian Robison had a sack, and safety Harrison Smith recorded an interception in Minnesota's most recent game against the Browns. … This will be Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer's first meeting against Cleveland as a head coach.
- Time subject to change due to flex scheduling.