Analyzing the First Half of the Vikings' 2009 Season

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Analyzing the First Half of the Vikings' 2009 Season

In 2009, the Vikings will look to repeat at NFC North Division Champions, something much easier said than done with the improvements that have come about in the division this past offseason.

The Vikings will start off on the road the first two weeks of the season, the first time that has happened since 1997 when they went to Buffalo and Chicago.

This year, they will go to Cleveland and Detroit in weeks one and two, respectively, then come home to face the first round pick wide receiver Michael Crabtree and the San Francisco 49ers.

The Vikings will stay at home for a Monday night game against Green Bay, which could be very intriguing if quarterback Brett Favre does sign to play in purple. In week five, the Vikings will return to the road and try to slow down running back Steven Jackson and the St. Louis Rams.

Former Vikings center Matt Birk and the Baltimore Ravens will come to the Metrodome in week six. The Vikings will round out the first half of the season on the road against the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in week seven and a game at Lambeau Field against quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in week eight.

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