The NFL officially announced its 2013 schedule on Thursday night in prime time on the NFL Network.
The league has become genius at making everything it does a newsworthy event, and the schedule release was no different, as football fans everywhere gobbled up the information like hungry inmates.
For the Minnesota Vikings, it's certainly a tougher schedule than the one they faced in 2012. Because the Vikings finished second in the NFC North, they picked up games against the Seahawks and the Panthers (two teams who also finished second in their division) for 2013.
Drawing the NFC East and AFC North provides for a pretty treacherous schedule for the Vikings, and getting Seattle as one of your "at-large" opponents makes it even tougher.
Throw in the fact that Minnesota basically loses one of their home games (versus the Steelers in London on September 29), and the Vikings have a tough road to travel if they want to return to the playoffs come January of 2014.
Here we rank the Vikings' 2013 schedule from what we see as the easiest to hardest games.