Vikings no longer media darlings

  • Updated: April 19, 2011 - 11:33 PM

Dissecting the 2011 Vikings schedule.


Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier will be leading a far less glitzy team than the one he served as a defensive coordinator for most of last year.

Lack of star power shows up in schedule

The Vikings were one of the NFL's glitzy teams this time last year.

They had 10 Pro Bowl players and were expected to return all 22 starters from a team that came within a play of reaching the Super Bowl. They also expected the return of Brett Favre, who had a career year at age 40 and remained a huge ratings draw.

The NFL took advantage of the Vikings star power by giving them four prime-time games and two 3:15 p.m. starts in 2010. (They later had two other games moved to prime time because of the Metrodome roof collapse and the weather delay in Philadelphia).

As expected, the Vikings weren't slated for a heavy load of prime-time games again when the NFL released its 2011 schedule on Tuesday.

The Vikings are scheduled to play twice in prime time -- at Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 16, and at Green Bay on Monday, Nov. 14.

This is the result of a 6-10 record, a last-place finish in the NFC North and, yes, no Favre. The Vikings still have some marquee talent (Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Jared Allen), but they don't know who their starting quarterback will be and their roster could get turned over significantly this offseason -- whenever that happens because of the ongoing lockout.


Not much excitement

Perhaps it's the ongoing NFL lockout. Maybe, it's the fact that a year ago the Vikings were coming off a run to the NFC title game and this time they are fresh off a last-place finish in the NFC North.

Whatever the reason, there didn't seem to be much excitement surrounding the release of the team's schedule Tuesday.

The Vikings should get the opportunity to build some momentum away from home as they will open on the road for the fourth year in a row and fifth time in six years. That included a loss last season on the opening Thursday night to New Orleans in a rematch of the NFC Championship Game.

This time the Vikings are scheduled to open at San Diego on Sept. 11 before returning to the Metrodome for their only back-to-back home games of the season.

Whether Leslie Frazier actually gets to work the sideline for the first time as the Vikings permanent coach in San Diego -- Frazier was the interim coach for the final six games of 2010 -- will depend on if NFL owners and players can come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Assuming the full 16-game schedule is played -- and if it is the Vikings will have the 12th-hardest schedule in the NFL (opponents were 132-124 last year) -- it would appear the Vikings got a raw deal by playing in San Diego during the summer.

However, the league gave the Vikings a favorable break when it comes to potential cold-weather games. After playing a Monday night game at Green Bay on Nov. 14, the Vikings finish up by playing six of their final seven games indoors. (This is assuming nothing happens to the Metrodome.) The only cold-weather game would be a noon start on Dec. 24 at Washington.


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Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Washington 102 FINAL
New York 91
Oklahoma City 114 FINAL
San Antonio 106
Cleveland 91 FINAL
Miami 101
LA Lakers 24 2nd Qtr
Chicago 27
Golden State 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
DePaul 69 FINAL
Loyola Marymount 72
Ohio 58 FINAL
Nebraska 71
Colorado 66 FINAL
Hawaii 69
George Washington 8:00 PM
Wichita State
Central Mich 48 FINAL
Western Ky 49
Fresno State 6 FINAL
Rice 30
Illinois 12/26/14 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 12/26/14 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 12/26/14 7:00 PM
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Duke 12/27/14 1:10 PM
(15) Arizona State
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
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Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
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Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
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Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
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