The Vikings' 2012 regular season schedule was released Tuesday evening, with the team slated to open and close the season at Mall of America Field. As the Vikings attempt to bounce back from last year's 3-13 disaster, they will play 13 games that begin at noon. And they won't have a single Monday night contest. Their only prime-time game will be a Thursday nighter Oct. 25 at home against Tampa Bay to be aired on the NFL Network. For better or worse, the Vikings will also play division rivals Green Bay and Chicago twice each during the final six weeks of the season. Here's your quick look at what's ahead ...
Sunday, Sept. 9, noon: vs. Jacksonville
The season begins with an early duel between second-year quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Blaine Gabbert.
Sunday, Sept. 16, noon: at Indianapolis
Welcome to Lucas Oil Stadium, Andrew Luck. The lauded rookie quarterback's home debut will come vs. a defense feeble against the pass in 2011.
Sunday, Sept. 23, noon: vs. San Francisco
Randy Moss returns to the Metrodome for the first time as a regular-season visitor --assuming he hasn't agitated Jim Harbaugh too much by Week 3.
Sunday, Sept. 30, noon: at Detroit
Matthew Stafford of the Lions posted QB ratings of 108.8 and 115.2 in two 2011 games against the Vikings.
Sunday, Oct. 7, noon:
Will TV blackout come into play by then? NFL graybeards Steve Hutchinson (now a Titan) and Kevin Williams grapple in the trenches.
Sunday, Oct. 14, 3:15 p.m.: at Washington
Warning to Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III: Two of Leslie Frazier's six victories as Vikings coach have been in the nation's capital.
Sunday, Oct. 21, noon: vs. Arizona
The Vikings and Larry Fitzgerald Jr.'s team meet for the sixth time in the past seven seasons.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:20 p.m.: vs. Tampa Bay
Lone non-Sunday game. The Vikings' last win over the Bucs came on Sept. 30, 2001 -- with Cris Carter scoring in an NFC Central clash.
Sunday, Nov. 4, 3:15 p.m.: at Seattle
Which Seahawks QB will Jared Allen try to calf rope: former teammate Tarvaris Jackson or former Packer Matt Flynn?
Sunday, Nov. 11, noon: vs. Detroit
The Vikings begin a stretch that will have them playing five of their final seven games against division foes.
Sunday, Nov. 18: bye
Last possible bye week, after 10 games. Time for early Thanksgiving?
Sunday, Nov. 25, noon: at Chicago
No Turkey Day game for the Vikings, who have lost on 10 of their past 11 trips into Soldier Field, where nemesis Brian Urlacher is always waiting.
Sunday, Dec. 2, noon:
at Green Bay
Last year's 45-7 loss at Lambeau might have been the most embarrassing of the season, although the Saints game was a debacle as well.
Sunday, Dec. 9, noon: vs.Chicago
The teams' second meeting in 15 days. Will a refurbished secondary be able to defuse the Jay Cutler-Brandon Marshall fireworks show?
Sunday, Dec. 16, noon: at St. Louis
A possible battle for 2013 draft position? With only 15 victories the past five seasons, the Rams hope to be revived by new coach Jeff Fisher.
Sunday, Dec. 23, noon: at Houston
Last chance to shop for Christmas. The Texans, led by Arian Foster and Andre Johnson, are the new top dogs in the AFC South.
Sunday, Dec. 30, noon: vs. Green Bay
Will MVP Aaron Rodgers be resting for the playoffs? He was 47-for-60 for 585 yards and seven TDs against the Vikings last fall.
|Detroit - LP: J. Mantiply||4||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: C. Torres||5|
|Cincinnati||1||Top 7th Inning|
|Los Angeles||8||Top 7th Inning|
|San Francisco||9||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Chicago WSox||0||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Kansas City||10||Top 6th Inning|
|Seattle||4||Top 8th Inning|
|Colorado||0||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Oakland||4||Top 6th Inning|
|LA Lakers||7:00 PM|
|Miss Valley St||75|
|Evansville||44||2nd Half 9:55|
|Northern Ill||6:00 PM|
|Bowling Green||6:00 PM|
|Central Mich||6:00 PM|
|Morehead State||6:30 PM|
|Coll of Charleston||7:30 PM|
|Texas Tech||8:00 PM|
|Loyola Marymount||10:30 PM|
|(21) George Washington||77|
|(3) South Carolina||58|
|East Tenn St||66|
|(2) Notre Dame||77|
|(9) Arizona State||67|
|Miss Valley St||51|
|(18) Texas A&M||58||2nd Half 2:11|
|Cincinnati||57||2nd Half 9:39|
|Saint Josephs||30||1st Half 2:28|
|UCLA||13||1st Half 12:53|
|Santa Clara||4:30 PM|
|Virginia Tech||5:00 PM|
|(7) Florida State|
|Rhode Island||6:00 PM|
|North Florida||6:00 PM|
|(20) Fla Gulf Coast|
|Kennesaw St||6:00 PM|
|USC Upstate||6:00 PM|
|Saint Peters||6:00 PM|
|(13) Princeton||6:00 PM|
|(15) North Carolina||7:00 PM|
|San Jose St||7:00 PM|
|Utah State||8:00 PM|
|(8) Oregon State|
|New Mexico||8:00 PM|
|(12) Kentucky||8:25 PM|
|(11) Miss State|
|San Diego State||8:30 PM|
|Texas Tech||8:30 PM|
|Boise State||9:00 PM|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|
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