The Vikings’ 2012 regular season schedule has been released. Here’s your quick look at what’s ahead as the team looks to bounce back from last year’s 3-13 disaster.
Sunday, Sept. 9
Vs. Jacksonville, Noon
A measuring stick duel between second-year quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Blaine Gabbert.
Sunday, Sept. 16
At Indianapolis, Noon
The Vikings’ first ever trip to Lucas Oil Stadium will provide an up-close look at prodigious QB Andrew Luck.
Sunday, Sept. 23
Vs. San Francisco, Noon
Randy Moss returns to the Metrodome for the first time ever as a visitor during the regular season.
Sunday, Sept. 30
At Detroit, Noon
Matthew Stafford posted quarterback ratings of 108.8 and 115.2 in two 2011 games against the Vikings.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Vs. Tennessee, Noon
NFL graybeards Steve Hutchinson (now a Titan) and Kevin Williams will grapple in the trenches.
Sunday, Oct. 14
At Washington, 3:15 p.m.
Two of Leslie Frazier’s six wins as Vikings head coach have been road triumphs over the ‘Skins.
Sunday, Oct. 21
The Vikings and Cardinals meet for the sixth time in the past seven seasons.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Vs. Tampa Bay, 7:20 p.m.
The Vikings’ last win over the Bucs came on Sept. 30, 2001 – with Cris Carter scoring a TD in an NFC Central clash.
Sunday, Nov. 4
At Seattle, 3:15 p.m.
Which Seahawks QB will Jared Allen try to calf rope: former teammate Tarvaris Jackson or former Packer Matt Flynn?
Sunday, Nov. 11
Vs. Detroit, Noon
The 2011 downward spiral was accelerated by a home loss to the Lions in which the Vikings blew a 20-0 halftime lead.
Sunday, Nov. 18
Sunday, Nov. 25
At Chicago, Noon
The Vikings have lost on 10 of their past 11 trips into Soldier Field.
Sunday, Dec. 2
At Green Bay, Noon
Last year’s 45-7 loss at Lambeau may have been the most embarrassing of the season.
Sunday, Dec. 9
Vs. Chicago, Noon
Will a refurbished secondary be able to defuse the Jay Cutler-Brandon Marshall fireworks show?
Sunday, Dec. 16
At St. Louis, Noon
With only 15 wins the past five seasons, the Rams are hoping to be revived by new coach Jeff Fisher.
Sunday, Dec. 23
At Houston, Noon
Led by running back Arian Foster and receiver Andre Johnson, the Texans are the new top dogs in the AFC South.
Sunday, Dec. 30
Vs. Green Bay, Noon
MVP Aaron Rodgers was 47-for-60 for 585 yards and seven TDs in two wins over the Vikings last fall.
- The Vikings have six games in 2012 against teams that made the playoffs in 2011 and 10 contests against opponents who finished .500 or better.
- The Vikings’ only prime-time game is a Thursday nighter at home to be played Oct. 25 at 7:20 p.m. against Tampa Bay. Those teams combined for a 7-25 record last season.
- The Vikings’ toughest stretch may come after their Week 11 bye. They face division rivals Chicago and Green Bay twice each over the final six games. A Dec. 23 trip to Houston is mixed in in that stretch.
- Projected record: 6-10