Vikings fans have reason for excitement with schedule; Minnesota will open with Phily in nationally televised game

Published 7:37 am Thursday, April 19, 2018

By Chris Tomasson

Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.

Vikings fans know the season will open at Philadelphia in a nationally televised game. They’ll soon find out the rest of the schedule.

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The NFL announced Tuesday that the regular-season schedule will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Thursday on NFL Network. All of the Vikings’ foes for 2018 have been known since last December but the dates and times of the games will be unveiled.

A Philadelphia radio station reported last month that Minnesota’s season will start Thursday, Sept. 6 on NBC with a game at Philadelphia that will open the NFL season. It will be a rematch of last January’s NFC Championship Game, won 38-7 by the eventual Super Bowl-champion Eagles.

There will be plenty more demanding games after that for the Vikings. They will play at defending AFC champion New England and on the road against the Los Angeles Rams, an NFC heavyweight.

An intriguing home game will feature New Orleans returning to U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings beat the Saints 29-24 in a divisional playoff last January on Case Keenum’s miraculous 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs on the game’s final play.

The Vikings, as usual, will play NFC North foes Chicago, Detroit and Green Bay home and away. Other home games will be against Arizona, San Francisco, Buffalo and Miami. Other road games will be at Seattle and the New York Jets.