Game-by-game look at Vikings' 2014 schedule

  • Updated: April 24, 2014 - 1:13 AM

1

at St. Louis

Sunday, Sept. 7

Noon • Ch. 9

The Mike Zimmer era begins with a battle of 2013 cellar-dwellers. Bottom line: The Rams look to be a team on the rise. We have a lot to learn about the Vikings.

2

New England

Sunday, Sept. 14

Noon • Ch. 4

The Vikings’ first game at TCF Bank Stadium gets a superstar: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Bottom line: The Vikings defense will have its hands full.

3

at New Orleans

Sunday, Sept. 21

Noon • Ch. 9

A return to the Superdome, where the Saints were undefeated in 2013 while averaging 34 points per game. Bottom line: Tough to beat Drew Brees in that beehive.

4

Atlanta

Sunday, Sept. 28

3:25 p.m. • Ch. 9

The Falcons took an even bigger tumble in 2013 than the Vikings did, but they still have a lot of offensive weapons. Bottom line: They better turn up the heat on Matty Ice.

5

at Green Bay

Thursday, Oct. 2

7:25 p.m. • Ch. 4/NFLN

The Vikings haven’t won at Lambeau Field since 2009, with Brett Favre at QB. Bottom line: Favre isn’t driving his tractor through that door, at least not as of press time.

6

Detroit

Sunday, Oct. 12

Noon • Ch. 9

The Week 17 matchup in 2013 was Leslie Frazier’s last win for the Vikings and Jim Schwartz’s last loss for Detroit. Bottom line: New coaches freshen up an old rivalry.

7

at Buffalo

Sunday, Oct. 19

Noon • Ch. 9

Schedule-makers cut the Vikings — and their traveling fans — a break with this midseason trip to Buffalo. Bottom line: Mother Nature likely on the inactive list.

8

at Tampa Bay

Sunday, Oct. 26

Noon • Ch. 9

Leslie Frazier is now the defensive coordinator on Lovie Smith’s new Bucs staff. Bottom line: Expect hugs during pregame, but both sides badly want this win.

9

Washington

Sunday, Nov. 2

Noon • Ch. 9

The Redskins are looking to bounce back. They have a healthy Robert Griffin III, a new coach and a flashy new wideout in DeSean Jackson. Bottom line: Speed kills.

11

at Chicago

Sunday, Nov. 16

Noon • Ch. 9

The Vikings haven’t won at Soldier Field since 2007, when Brian Griese was the Bears’ QB. Bottom line: Jay Cutler is greater than Griese, and he has some big-time targets.

12

Green Bay

Sunday, Nov. 23

Noon • Ch. 9

With 26 TDs and just four INTs, Aaron Rodgers has saved some of his best ball for the Vikings. Bottom line: Coach Zimmer better have that pass defense fixed by this time.

13

Carolina

Sunday, Nov. 30

Noon • Ch. 9

The Panthers have a punishing front seven that routinely blows up backfields, something Zimmer hopes to replicate. Bottom line: Hide the women and children. And the QBs.

14

N.Y. Jets

Sunday, Dec. 7

Noon • Ch. 4

In the last of three home games in a row, the Vikings play one of the few other teams that still rely on the ground game. Bottom line: Dust off your leather helmets.

15

at Detroit

Sunday, Dec. 14

Noon • Ch. 9

Reggie Bush piled up 191 total yards and a TD against the Vikings at Ford Field in 2013. Bottom line: Someone better ask Kim Kardashian how to lock this guy down.

16

at Miami

Sunday, Dec. 21

Noon • Ch. 9

The Vikings have historically struggled in Miami, but they won’t have to worry about steamy temperatures this time around. Bottom line: Leave the sunscreen at home.

17

Chicago

Sunday, Dec. 28

Noon • Ch. 9

After six wildly entertaining years in purple, Jared Allen returns to town with the Bears. Bottom line: Allen has already circled this one on the calendar. You should, too.

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Cincinnati - M. Leake 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - E. Volquez
Minnesota - T. May 6:05 PM
Baltimore - M. Gonzalez
NY Yankees - C. Capuano 6:07 PM
Toronto - M. Buehrle
Philadelphia - D. Buchanan 6:10 PM
NY Mets - J. deGrom
Boston - A. Ranaudo 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - C. Archer
Miami - T. Koehler 6:35 PM
Atlanta - E. Santana
Cleveland - D. Salazar 7:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Vargas
Detroit - J. Verlander 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - S. Carroll
Texas - S. Baker 7:10 PM
Houston - B. Oberholtzer
Chicago Cubs - K. Hendricks 7:15 PM
St. Louis - S. Miller
Colorado - C. Bergman 8:40 PM
Arizona - J. Collmenter
Oakland - J. Lester 9:05 PM
LA Angels - J. Weaver
Los Angeles - D. Haren 9:10 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Washington - J. Zimmermann 9:10 PM
Seattle - F. Hernandez
Milwaukee - W. Peralta 9:15 PM
San Francisco - R. Vogelsong
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Houston 7:00 PM
Sporting Kansas City
Ottawa 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 9:00 PM
Phoenix
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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 Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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