Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


Vikings open season in New Orleans

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Super Bowl, Brett Favre, Vikings road games Updated: April 20, 2010 - 1:37 PM

The NFL regular-season schedule will be released at 6 p.m. Tuesday, but the Vikings long-rumored opener is now known.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced during a live chat on NFL.com that the Vikings will indeed open the season against the Super Bowl champion Saints in New Orleans on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Speculation has focused on this matchup for weeks because it makes so much sense particularly with Brett Favre expected to return for his 20th season.

The game is a rematch of the NFC Championship game, Favre is a huge ratings draw and it features two of the best teams in the NFL in a prime-time opener to the season.

It would have been a huge surprise if the NFL didn't pick this game to kickoff its 2010 season.

There were rumors at the owners meetings in Orlando that the Vikings could play at the New York Jets on Thanksgiving night on NFL Network. There are strong indications this afternoon that the Vikings will indeed play the Jets on Thanksgiving.  

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