The release of the 2017 NFL schedule Thursday night stirred up Vikings fans still mourning last season’s meltdown.
The 16-game schedule that features the usual NFC North Division rivals along with New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Cleveland, Washington, Carolina, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and Atlanta has many fans concerned 2017 will look much like the second half of the 2016 season.
Vikings fan @RolyaRegna tweeted “As much as I love my vikings, I really feel like we're gonna blow it again this year.”
Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse tweeted “ I had Vikings at 7-9 w/ sweep of Lions. Now that I see they are in Detroit on Turkey Day, make it 6-10.
Daniel Kroska was optimistic about the 2017 lineup, tweeting “I think the Vikings are going to be back in the playoffs because everyone underestimates them and their schedule is very winnable."
There were highlights in the schedule fans celebrated including the Monday Night Football opener at U.S. Bank Stadium and no Thursday night football games.
Here is more reaction to the 2017 schedule:
KBriesemeist: "To me, anything better than what they did last year will hopefully show a team on the upswing rather than the downturn. My hopes would be for 10-6 and make the playoffs. Time will tell!"
Dustymorfitt: "0 and 2 for sure. The Tampa game in week 3 could be tricky as well. If they lose that they could honestly start 0-6 since they never can win at Soldier Field (or on primetime). Would 0-6 finally get Spielman fired? Doubtful."
Olivio: "5-11 if they're lucky."
elliottMess: "Wow: the Vikings have ONE home game in a seven-week stretch of October, November and December? Brutal."
Wilfcharity: "If it's the Vikings that opened the season 5-0 last year I'd say 11-5 if its the team that showed up after the break 3-13."
@Vikings Make your predictions now then be prepared to be disappointed when the season starts.— c cory2 (@CoryScalzo) April 21, 2017
Just looked at the Vikings schedule I forsee another collapse. 7-1 start 10-6 at the end of the season. #NFL— Adam Nicholls (@Adam18031983) April 21, 2017
I'm honestly weary of the Vikings schedule but that's good cuz every single good season we've had since I've been a fan has come by surprise— John Fahey (@JohnFaheyIII) April 21, 2017
Looking at that schedule I'm thinking 8-8 this year will be an achievement for the Vikings but I remain optimistic I will be wrong #Skol— Dr Nick (@MadrasLad) April 21, 2017
@Vikings As much as I love my vikings, I really feel like we're gonna blow it again this year.— G-Bear ï¿½ï¿½ (@RolyatRegna) April 21, 2017
If Vikings stay healthy they can max out at 12-4. Injuries hit in secondary and OL again they don't win more than 6 games.— JZH (@JZHoodie) April 21, 2017
I love all the "revenge" games on the schedule. Same Foe. Same Place. Same Time. Go back and get that W. Prove last year a fluke. #Vikings— Flipmazzi (@Flipmazzi) April 21, 2017
@Vikings 10-6. On the record— Travis (@Zxanduril11) April 21, 2017
@Vikings 13-3 ï¿½ï¿½— Ryan Fernie (@Ryan9Fernie) April 21, 2017
@Vikings Playoffs are a must! A manageable schedule!— Frank Velarde (@VelardeFrank) April 21, 2017
Anything under a wild card birth is a failure season— Justin Bryan (@KingOfTheRyche) April 21, 2017
I think it's pointless to look at schedule and predict what Vikings will have for a record. Draft is still a week away.— Jason Barum (@VikeFansBeast) April 21, 2017
@Vikings 8-8 and we end up with a schedule like that? WTF!— Jon Stover (@JonP5iron) April 21, 2017
#GMFB i think the Vikings are going to be back in the playoffs because everyone underestimates them and their schedule is very winnable— Daniel kroska (@daniel_kroska) April 21, 2017
I can see a 6-2 start to the bye...after that, man. 5 road games, 3 division games. Tough finish. Deja vu from last year? #Vikings— Ted Glover (@purplebuckeye) April 21, 2017