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Vikings 2017 Schedule Icebreakers: Rematches After Returning to Action in Week 10

The Vikings announced their 2017 regular-season schedule on Thursday.

Minnesota will follow its second regular-season game in London (Week 8 vs. Cleveland) with a bye in Week 9 before hitting the third quarter of its season.

The stretch includes three games in an 11-day span, including road trips to Washington on Nov. 12 and at Detroit on Thanksgiving for a second straight year. In between, Minnesota will host the Los Angeles Rams. The Vikings will cap this grouping by visiting the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons in their first season at their new home.

Week 10

Vikings at Redskinsby @LindseyMNSports

Noon | Sunday, Nov. 12 | FedExField

Series results

Vikings W-L-T: 12-13-0

Home: 6-6-0; Away: 6-7-0

Last time in regular season:Vikings lost 26-20 on Nov. 13, 2016

Last time in regular season in Washington:Vikings lost 26-20 at Washington on Nov. 13, 2016

Washington's 2016 offensive rankings:

Total yards: 6,454 (3rd in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,696 (21st); Passing yards: 4,758 (2nd); Points/game: 24.8 (12th); Sacks allowed/pass play percentage: 3.79 percent (4th); Interception rate: 1.98 percent (12th); Average time of possession: 29:38 (22nd)

Washington's 2016 defensive rankings:

Total yards allowed/game: 377.9 (28th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 119.8 (24th); Passing yards allowed/game: 258.1 (25th); Points allowed/game: 23.9 (19th); Sacks/pass play: 6.45 percent (10th); Interception rate: 2.21 percent (16th)

Icebreakers:Minnesota has won four of its past six matchups against Washington. ... The Vikings narrowly fell to the Redskins in the teams' most recent meeting in 2016 and will look to rebound in 2017. … Last season, Washington placed in the top five of seven different offensive categories, including yards per game (third with 403.4) and passing yards per game (second with 297.4) behind quarterback Kirk Cousins, who appeared in the 2017 Pro Bowl. … Washington's kicker Dustin Hopkins made four field goals against the Vikings during the 2016 matchup. … Linebacker Mason Foster led the team in total tackles last season (123) and recorded nine against Minnesota. … Washington lost wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in free agency and signed Terrelle Pryor.

View images of the Vikings opponents after the 2017 schedule was released on Thursday.

Week 11

Vikings vs. Ramsby @EricLSmith

Noon* | Sunday, Nov. 19 | U.S. Bank Stadium

Series results

Vikings W-L-T: 26-16-2

Home: 15-3-2; Away: 11-13

Last time in regular season:Vikings defeated Rams 21-18 in overtime on Nov. 8, 2015, in Minnesota

Last time in regular season in Minnesota:Vikings defeated Rams 21-18 in overtime on Nov. 8, 2015

Los Angeles' 2016 offensive rankings:

Total yards: 4,203 (32nd in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,252 (31st); Passing yards: 2,951 (31st); Points/game: 14.0 (32nd); Sacks allowed/pass play percentage: 9.14 percent (29th); Interception rate: 3.73 percent (31st); Average time of possession: 29:21 (25th)

Los Angeles' 2016 defensive rankings:

Total yards allowed/game: 337.0 (9th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 103.8 (16th); Passing yards allowed/game: 233.3 (10th); Points allowed/game: 24.6 (23rd); Sacks/pass play: 5.33 percent (25th); Interception rate: 1.72 percent (26th)

Icebreakers:The Vikings have defeated the Rams four straight times, including a thrilling overtime win in Week 9 of the 2015 season. … Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in that game. Joseph was credited with 10 tackles (seven solo), 0.5 sacks, three TFLs and two pressures in the victory. …This will be the first time since 1992 that the Vikings will play the Rams when the franchise is based in Los Angeles. … The Rams haven't had a winning season since 2003, although the franchise has gone 8-8 twice in that span. … Sean McVay is entering his first season with the Rams and first season as an NFL head coach. He is the youngest head coach in the league at 31 years old. … Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, played in eight games last season. He threw for 1,089 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. … Vikings quarterback Case Keenum was the Rams primary starter in 2016.

Week 12

Vikings at Lions by @pcraigers

11:30 a.m. | Thursday, Nov. 23 | Ford Field

Series results

Vikings W-L-T: 71-38-2

Home:39-15-1; Away: 32-23-1

Last time in regular season:Lions defeated Vikings 16-13 last Thanksgiving (Nov. 24)

Last time in regular season in Detroit:Lions defeated Vikings 16-13 last Thanksgiving (Nov. 24)

Detroit's 2016 offensive rankings:

Total yards: 5,421 (21st in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,310 (30th); Passing yards: 4,111 (11th); Points/game: 21.6 (20th); Sacks allowed/pass play percentage: 6.23 percent (18th); Interception rate: 1.68 percent (10th); Average time of possession: 29:54 (20th)

Detroit's 2016 defensive rankings:

Total yards allowed/game: 5,676 (18th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 1,701 (18th); Passing yards allowed/game: 3,975 (19th); Points allowed/game: 22.4 (13th); Sacks/pass play: 4.74 percent (30th); Interception rate: 1.82 percent (25th)

Icebreakers:The NFC North has provided two playoff participants in seven of the past eight seasons and three in a row. … Detroit's defense ranked 30th in the NFL in red zone defense, allowing touchdowns on 36 of 53 possessions by opponents (67.9 percent), but limited the Vikings to touchdowns on three of eight red zone possessions (37.5 percent) across two games. … The Lions also ranked 30th in the NFL in average yards allowed on first downs (6.19). The Vikings ranked 21st in average yards allowed on first downs (5.54), which was slightly ahead of the league average of 5.47. … Matthew Stafford threw for 340 or more yards four times in 2016. There were 55 such performances across the league last season. He has thrown for 232 or fewer yards four times in six games against the Vikings in the Mike Zimmer era.

Week 13

Vikings at Falconsby @pcraigers

Noon* | Sunday, Dec. 3 | Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Series results

Vikings W-L-T: 18-11-0

Home: 11-4; Away: 7-7

Last time in regular season:Vikings defeated Falcons 20-10 at the Georgia Dome on Nov. 29, 2015

Last time in regular season in Minnesota:Vikings defeated Falcons 41-28 at the University of Minnesota on Sept. 28, 2014

Atlanta's 2016 offensive rankings:

Total yards: 6,653 (2nd in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,928 (5th); Passing yards: 4,725 (3rd); Points/game: 33.8 (1st); Sacks allowed/pass play percentage: 6.89 percent (24th); Interception rate: 1.30 percent (6th); Average time of possession: 30:11 (18th)

Atlanta's 2016 defensive rankings:

Total yards allowed/game: 371.2 (25th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 104.5 (17th); Passing yards allowed/game: 266.7 (28th); Points allowed/game: 25.4 (27th); Sacks/pass play: 5.19 percent (26th); Interception rate: 1.83 percent (24th)

Icebreakers:Matt Ryan led the NFL in touchdown percentage (7.1 percent), yards per attempt (9.3), yards per completion (13.3) and passer rating (117.1). Ryan's passer rating was 18 points better than his previous high of 99.1 in 2012, and he had six games with more than 300 yards passing, including a 503-yard day against Carolina. … Julio Jones led the NFL in receiving yards per game for the second straight season (116.9 per game in 2015 and 100.6 in 2016) and ranked second with 1,409 yards. Jones has averaged 69 receiving yards across two games against the Vikings since 2014. … Vic Beasley led the NFL with 15.5 sacks and was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro in just his second season. Beasley, the eighth overall pick of 2015, edged out the 12.5 apiece for draft classmates Markus Golden (Arizona, second round, 58th overall) and Vikings Danielle Hunter (third round, 88th overall). Golden and Hunter finished tied for third with Buffalo's Lorenzo Alexander, one back of Denver's Von Miller.  

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