A look at the Vikings' 2013 schedule, with QBs in mind

  • Updated: August 31, 2013 - 6:57 PM
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden fires a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron in the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) ORG XMIT: MIN2013082213065719

Sept. 8 at Detroit, Dec. 29 vs Detroit

 

Lions QB Matthew Stafford led the league in both attempts (727) and completions (435) in 2012, but his play didn’t match the level of 2011, when he completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 5,048 yards and 41 TDs with 16 picks. In 2012, he completed less than 60 percent of his passes, had a 20-17 TD-to-interception ratio, and the Lions took a huge step back. His passer rating of 79.8 was his lowest since his rookie season. Still, the Lions signed Stafford to a three-year, $53 million deal during the offseason.

Sept. 15 at Chicago, Dec 1 vs. Chicago

Jay Cutler, in his fifth season with the Bears, is learning his fourth offense. This time it is new coach Marc Trestman’s offense, a version of the traditional West Coast offense that stresses efficiency and a quick release. But Cutler never has had a passer rating higher than 88.1 as a full-time starter. In 2012 he completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,033 yards, but had 14 interceptions to go with 19 TD passes.

Sept. 22 vs. Cleveland

A first-round draft pick, Brandon Weeden started the 2012 season as a 28-year-old rookie who struggled along with his team. He completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 2,285 yards, but had more interceptions (17) than TDs (14) and had a 72.6 passer rating. New offensive coordinator Norv Turner figures to implement an offense that enables Weeden to throw downfield more, his strength.

Sept. 29 vs. Pittsburgh in London

The hits caught up to Ben Roethlisberger last season, with a nasty rib injury leading a list of bump and bruises that limited him to 13 games. Still, he was efficient, with a .633 pass completion percentage and a 26-to-8 TD-to-interception ratio. With the Steelers planning on emphasizing the passing game more, how will Roethlisberger hold up?

Oct. 13 vs. Carolina

Cam Newton had huge numbers as a rookie before struggling in 2012 as guys such as Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III dominated quarterback-of-the-future lists. Bottom line is Newton has to prove he can win. In his sophomore NFL season, his completion percentage, passing yards and TDs were down. But so were his interceptions, a good sign. Look for him to push his way back into the young QB discussion this season.

Oct. 21 at N.Y. Giants

Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings, so we know he’s a winner. But his accuracy has fallen off; Manning’s completion percentage has fallen in each of the past two seasons, last year dropping under 60 percent. So consistency and accuracy is the key as he enters his 10th season. But Manning remains one of the NFL’s elite QBs, having passed for 86 TDs in his past three seasons.

Oct. 27 vs. Green Bay, Nov. 24 at Green Bay

His numbers might not have been as absurd as they were in 2011, but Aaron Rodgers still is among the best. He has led the league in touchdown percentage the past two seasons, has an 84-to-14 TD-to-interception ratio in that time and has topped 4,000 passing yards in four of his past five seasons. The question is, can his line protect him?

Nov. 3

at Dallas

Last season Tony Romo completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 4,903 yards and 28 touchdowns, and still failed to win over Dallas fans. Not making the playoffs can do that. Romo had offseason back surgery that kept him out of the team’s offseason training. He will have plenty of targets to throw to, but he might struggle behind the Cowboys offensive line.

Nov. 7 vs. Washington

Assuming Robert Griffin III is healthy coming back from knee surgery, the Vikings will have their hands full. Griffin completed 17 of 22 passes for 182 yards and a score and ran 13 times for 138 yards and two more TDs against the Vikings last season. Minnesota did not have an answer for Griffin’s quickness in Washington’s read-option attack.

Nov. 17 at Seattle

Russell Wilson is another dual-threat QB who gave the Vikings fits last season. In a 30-20 loss in Seattle, Wilson chewed up the Vikings defense, passing for three scores. Wilson is efficient (64.1 percent completion rate), and he doesn’t turn the ball over much (26 TDs to 10 interceptions)

Dec. 8 at Baltimore

Joe Flacco’s wonderful playoff run established him as a winner and took him all the way to bank with a big-bucks, long-term deal. So, the question: Is Flacco, whose numbers are nice, but not mind-blowing, set to push into elite QB status? Or will he struggle on a Ravens team not nearly as talented as the one that won the Super Bowl? Flacco will miss Anquan Boldin badly.

Dec. 15 vs. Philadelphia

Will a new coach and a new offense — he no longer will be the square peg driven into the round hole that is the West Coast offense — mean a new professional life for Michael Vick? The Eagles and coach Chip Kelly better hope so. A paucity of receiving talent, though, will be a problem.

Dec. 22 at Cincinnati

After finishing the 2010 season 4-12, the Bengals have made the playoffs two consecutive years. A big reason: Andy Dalton. In two seasons Dalton has passed for 7.067 yards and 47 TDs with 29 interceptions. And now Dalton is becoming a leader of the team after becoming the only Bengals QB in history to make the playoffs in each of his first two seasons.























 

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Baltimore 2 FINAL
Detroit 15
NY Yankees 5 FINAL
Philadelphia 5
Northeastern 1 FINAL
Boston 2
Miami-Fla 1 FINAL
Miami 7
Pittsburgh 8 FINAL
Toronto 7
San Francisco 4 FINAL
Oakland 9
Cleveland 0 FINAL
Cincinnati 10
Boston College 0 FINAL
Boston 1
Arizona State 0 FINAL
Arizona 4
Boston 79 FINAL
Cleveland 110
LA Lakers 103 FINAL
Charlotte 104
Sacramento 124 FINAL
New York 86
Houston 96 FINAL
Atlanta 104
Utah 93 FINAL
Memphis 82
Washington 92 FINAL
Chicago 97
Milwaukee 95 FINAL
Denver 106
Nashville 1 FINAL
New Jersey 3
Calgary 3 FINAL(OT)
Philadelphia 2
Washington 5 FINAL
Columbus 3
Buffalo 0 FINAL
Tampa Bay 3
Toronto 3 FINAL
Florida 2
Ottawa 2 FINAL(SO)
Minnesota 3
NY Islanders 2 FINAL(OT)
Dallas 3
Anaheim 4 FINAL
Arizona 1
Los Angeles 5 FINAL
Edmonton 2
San Jose 6 FINAL
Vancouver 2
Ole Miss 82 FINAL
Alabama 74
Eastern Mich 67 FINAL
Ball State 60
Kent State 81 FINAL
Bowling Green 80
Ohio 66 FINAL
Buffalo 93
Georgetown 60 FINAL
Butler 54
Toledo 77 FINAL
Central Mich 85
Rhode Island 59 FINAL
Dayton 75
Youngstown St 67 FINAL
Detroit 77
North Carolina 81 FINAL
Georgia Tech 49
Loyola-Maryland 45 FINAL
Holy Cross 62
Iowa 77 FINAL
Indiana 63
Akron 63 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 70
Army 52 FINAL
Navy 56
Maryland 60 FINAL
Rutgers 50
Kennesaw St 54 FINAL
USC Upstate 90
Jacksonville 63 FINAL
Fla Gulf Coast 81
Lipscomb 76 FINAL
Northern Ky 73
Stetson 67 FINAL
North Florida 81
Wright State 57 FINAL
Ill-Chicago 60
Western Mich 63 FINAL
Northern Ill 65
Nebraska Omaha 80 FINAL
North Dakota 78
Houston Baptist 71 FINAL
Abilene Christian 83
NC State 66 FINAL
Clemson 61
Texas A&M 62 FINAL
Florida 66
Kentucky 72 FINAL
Georgia 64
West Virginia 69 FINAL
Kansas 76
Auburn 61 FINAL
Missouri 63
Michigan 78 FINAL
Northwestern 82
Villanova 76 FINAL
Creighton 72
Longwood 55 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 63
Charleston Southern 39 FINAL
Presbyterian 47
Coastal Carolina 54 FINAL
UNC-Asheville 68
NJIT 51 FINAL
UMass Lowell 60
West Virginia 55 FINAL
Kansas State 59
TCU 45 FINAL
Texas 79
Fresno State 61 FINAL
Air Force 41
San Jose St 76 FINAL
Boise State 91
Nevada 61 FINAL
Colorado State 68
UNLV 61 FINAL
San Diego State 76
Wyoming 61 FINAL
Utah State 57
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
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
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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