We can only hope for a game as entertaining as the 2012 season finale when Peterson and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers put on quite the show during the Vikings’ 37-34 playoff-clinching win.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3 at Dallas, noon (Ch. 9)
A field trip to Jerry World should be a fun way to conclude the season’s first half. The Vikings have won their last two meetings against the Cowboys, including a 34-3 blowout in the 2009 playoffs.
Week 10: Thursday, Nov. 7 vs. Washington, 7:25 p.m. (NFLN)
The Vikings may still be having nightmares over the 76-yard touchdown run Robert Griffin III delivered last October. RG3’s recovery from major knee surgery will be worth monitoring leading up to this game.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17 at Seattle, 3:25 p.m. (Ch. 9)
Should be a warm and fuzzy reunion with receiver Percy Harvin and cornerback Antoine Winfield, no? They joined a loaded Seahawks team that has its eyes on the Super Bowl.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24 at Green Bay, noon (Ch. 9)
Christian Ponder’s Lambeau Field history: two starts, 28-for-59, 309 yards, one TD, three interceptions. In losses by a combined 68-21 count. Then came a DNP in a playoff game due to a severely bruised triceps.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1 vs. Chicago, noon (Ch. 9)
New Bears coach Marc Trestman (a St. Louis Park native) comes back to the Twin Cities. Trestman’s offensive intelligence is supposed to energize an attack led by Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte. By this point, we’ll know whether the anticipation was justified.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8 at Baltimore, noon (Ch. 9)
The Ravens lost a ton of key cogs from last year’s Super Bowl run, most notably Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, Matt Birk and Paul Kruger. They still, however, have the league’s highest paid man in QB Joe Flacco.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15 vs. Philadelphia, noon (Ch. 9)
No one knows quite what to expect from the union of Eagles coach Chip Kelly and quarterback Michael Vick. If things click, the Philly offense — which also features LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson — could be scary.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22 at Cincinnati, noon (Ch. 9)
Expect something lopsided. These teams’ past three meetings have been decided by an average of 23 points. The Vikings last trip to Cincy was a 37-8 loss in 2005 during which they were torched by Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29 vs. Detroit, noon (Ch. 9)
|New England||2/1/15 5:30 PM|
|San Diego St||58|
|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|