Vikings fans, the wait is over. Here is the 2009 schedule for the Minnesota Vikings. We have three games in prime time this year. Two Monday night games against division rivals, and one Sunday night game. The Jay Cutler Bowl (week 16 against Chicago) will likely tell us if the Vikings made the right choice to pass on perusing Cutler. The winner of that game could end up winning the division. The Vikings have a good chance to get a quick start this year, as they open up on the road, but against the Browns, and the Lions. They then get a home game against San Francisco, before hosting Green Bay on Monday night. However, the end of the schedule is very tough. The Vikings go on the road against Carolina in their lone Sunday night showdown, followed by a road game against the Bears on Monday night, and for the second year in a row, they finish the season by hosting the New York Giants. Here is the full schedule. Each team has their 2008 record beside them.
1. Sun, September 13 @ Cleveland (4-12)
2. Sun, September 20 @ Detroit (0-16)
3. Sun, September 27 vs. San Francisco (7-9)
4. Mon, October 5 vs. Green Bay (6-10)
5. Sun, October 11 @ St. Louis (2-14)
6. Sun, October 18 vs. Baltimore (11-5)
7. Sun, October 25 @ Pittsburgh (12-4)
8. Sun, November 1 @ Green Bay (6-10)
9. Bye Week
10. Sun, Nov 15 vs. Detroit (0-16)
11. Sun, November 22 vs. Seattle (4-12)
12. Sun, November 29 vs. Chicago (9-7)
13. Sun, December 6 @ Arizona (9-7)
14. Sun, December 13 vs. Cincinnati (4-11)
15. Sun, December 20 @ Carolina (12-4)
16. Mon, December 28 @ Chicago (9-7)
17. Sun, January 3 vs. New York Giants (12-4)
Overall, the Vikings have the second easiest schedule record wise in the NFL, the easiest schedule belonging to the Bears. All the games on Sunday are at noon Central Time, except for the games against Arizona and Carolina. The Arizona game is at 3:05, and the Carolina game is on Sunday night.
Week 4, vs. Green Bay—In last year’s version of this game, Adrian Peterson willed us to victory in the closing moments of the season, in what was probably considered the game of the year. The Vikings turned their season around. If they lost, they would have been 4-5, but instead they won, and finished the season 10-6, making the playoffs for the first time in the post-Culpepper era.
Week 7 @ Pittsburgh – The Vikings take on the Super Bowl champs, and their former defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin for the first time since he left the team to take the Head Coaching job in Pittsburgh. They also will see former running back Mewelde Moore for the first time since he left Minnesota for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Week 11 vs. Seattle—The TJ Houshmandzadeh bowl will show us if the Vikings made the right move by letting TJ sign with Seattle. TJ claimed he would love to play with Adrian Peterson while he was a free agent, but basically said no to the Vikings because of the quarterback situation. We will see how TJ likes playing against AD and the Vikings. Houshmandzadeh also claimed he signed with the team that gave him the best chance to win…we will see about that.
Week 15 @ Carolina—In last year’s game, Antoine Winfield turned this game around with his strip/sack/Touchdown play at the end of the first half, as the Vikings went on to be one of four teams to beat Carolina last year. Meanwhile, the Panthers finished undefeated at home in 2008, until the Cardinals picked off Delhomme five times in the playoffs.
Week 16 @ Chicago—This could truly be the game of the year for Vikings fans. Did the Vikings do the right thing by giving up on trying to get Cutler? Can they win the division without Jay Cutler? This is the Vikings final divisional game, and it looks like the division winner could be crowned here too. This game will probably tell us if it was a good idea to give up perusing Cutler or not.
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