Minnesota Vikings 2012 Schedule: Downloadable, Printable

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIApril 23, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 1: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings hands off the ball to Toby Gerhart #32 during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears on January 1, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Donovan McNabb experience tour turned out to be a value less than the price of admission in Minnesota, and by midseason, rookie Christian Ponder received his license to drive the Vikings offense.

While Ponder continued to have problems staying on the field, once again in his career, I did like what I saw from the mobile quarterback.

Ponder was helped from the emergence of Percy Harvin in the second half of the year, after the team wisely decided it was best to use one of the few star talents they have in a part-time role.


Growing Pains

Sadly, the driving force of this team suffered a terrible blow, as Adrian Peterson tore his ACL in December and may start the year in the PUP list. Being a Pac-12 fan, I watched a decent amount of Toby Gerhart’s games back at Standford, and I liked the way he played once they used a fullback in front of him—let’s hope he continues that success this year.

Keeping games close and properly using the running game to help Ponder or Joe Webb seems to be the way to win in Minnesota, at this time. With the addition of tight end John Carlson, expect the Vikings to use more two tight ends on the field (trendy move these days) which is a good thing because it appears Ponder is better suited for throws in the short to intermediate area, and in the middle of the field.

That’s not to say that I think Ponder has a weak arm, but he’s better off taking calculated shots down the field, and that tends to come when the defense has to read run keys.

For the game scripts to go that direction, the defense will have to play much better, especially against the quarterbacks they face in the NFC North being Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler.

That will be hard to do, but maybe Minnesota will land Morris Claiborne, and if he can win in man coverage—as former LSU teammate Patrick Peterson did in the second half of last year—it would allow the defense to roll coverage to the other side of the field.


2012  Minnesota Vikings Schedule




Game Time


Sep 9th


1:00 PM


Sep 16th

at Colts

1:00 PM


Sep 23th


1:00 PM


Sep 30th

at Lions

1:00 PM


Oct 7th


1:00 PM


Oct 14th

at Redskins

4:15 PM


Oct 21st


1:00 PM


Oct 25th


8:20 PM


Nov 4th

at Seahawks

4:05 PM


Nov 11th


1:00 PM


Bye Week


Nov 25th

at Bears

1:00 PM


Dec 2th

at Packers

1:00 PM


Dec 9th


1:00 PM


Dec 16th

at Rams

1:00 PM


Dec 23rd

at Texans

1:00 PM


Dec 30th


1:00 PM

Please Note: All Games Are East Coast Time


More 2012 Schedule Info 

Vikings Download / Print Version of Schedule

All 32 Teams  

Strength of Schedule vs. Run

Strength of Schedule vs. Pass

Strength of Schedule – Point


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