Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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It’s probably not news to you that the 2015 NFL schedules were released. Looking to the Vikings schedule, I can’t get over the fact that we’ll have to wait until 9:20pm central time on Monday night in order for our season to kick off. Is the off season not long enough as it is?

Looking beyond week 1, the Vikings have arguably the toughest schedule in the entire NFL. Let’s make some wild assumptions about how well the team will fare in the new year. Of course this is purely for fun, we’re one week from the draft and these teams won’t take final shape for months from now.

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Yesterday, the Minnesota Vikings released their full 2015 regular season schedule, a 16-game slate filled with intriguing opponents and potentially crucial end-of-the-year matchups.

Tomorrow, Brent will share his predictions for each game, previewing everything from the Monday Night Football opener against the San Francisco 49ers to the season finale at Lambeau Field.

Today, it’s your turn to decide the fate of the Minnesota Vikings.

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On March 13th, the Minnesota Vikings sent a fifth round draft selection to Miami in exchange for deep threat Mike Wallace and a seventh round draft selection. Not long after, they parted ways with veteran receiver Greg Jennings.

On Wednesday, the ramifications of this move came full circle and Jennings reportedly signed with Miami. According to those reports, his deal is for two years and worth up to $8 million, which is a far cry from what he was scheduled to make in Minnesota.

It is also considerably less than the salaries the Vikings are scheduled to pay Wallace over the next three years. According to Over The Cap, Wallace is scheduled to carry cap hit of $9.5 million this season and $11.5 million during his final two years.

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The Minnesota Vikings have a chance to shine, or wilt, under the bright lights of Monday Night Football — they will open the 2015 regular season on September 17 in San Francisco, where they’ll take on the 49ers at 9:30 p.m. CDT in front of a national audience.

Late Tuesday night, the NFL released the full regular season schedule, giving fans a chance to plan tailgates, buy tickets, and assess their team’s long journey to the Super Bowl.

Minnesota Vikings 2015 Regular Season Schedule

For the seventh time in eight years, the Vikings will start the season on the road. Minnesota’s first four games will prove to be a litmus test for Mike Zimmer’s young team, as they’ll open in primetime against San Francisco, host the Lions and Chargers, then travel to Denver before a Week 5 bye.

The Vikings currently have the NFL’s 12th-toughest schedule, as their opponents finished 2014 with a combined winning percentage of .539. Notable matchups include a home game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 5, a Thursday Night Football showdown with the Arizona Cardinals on December 10, and the season finale at Green Bay on January 3.

All of the Vikings’ games will begin at noon, except the two night games, a 3:25 start on October 4 at Denver, and a 3:05 p.m. start on November 15 at Oakland.

Below, the Minnesota Vikings’ full 2015 regular season schedule:

Monday, Sep. 14 | at San Francisco 49ers | 9:20 PM | ESPN

Sunday, Sep. 20 | Detroit Lions | 12:00 PM | FOX

Sunday, Sep. 27 | San Diego Chargers | 12:00 PM | CBS

Sunday, Oct. 4 | at Denver Broncos | 3:25 PM | FOX

Oct. 11 | BYE

Sunday, Oct. 18 | Kansas City Chiefs | 12:00 PM | CBS

Sunday, Oct. 25 | at Detroit Lions | 12:00 PM | FOX

Sunday, Nov. 1 | at Chicago Bears | 12:00 PM | FOX

Sunday, Nov. 8 | St. Louis Rams | 12:00 PM | FOX

Sunday, Nov. 15 | at Oakland Raiders | 3:05 PM | FOX

Sunday, Nov. 22 | Green Bay Packers | 12:00 PM | FOX

Sunday, Nov. 29 | at Atlanta Falcons | 12:00 PM | FOX

Sunday, Dec. 6 | Seattle Seahawks | 12:00 PM | FOX

Thursday, Dec. 10 | at Arizona Cardinals | 7:25 PM | NFLN

Sunday, Dec. 20 | Chicago Bears | 12:00 PM | FOX

Sunday, Dec. 27 | New York Giants | 12:00 PM | FOX

Sunday, Jan. 3 | at Green Bay Packers | 12:00 PM | FOX

Share your thoughts in the comments below and let us know how you think the Vikings will finish the season!

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