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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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We’re busy gearing up for all of our live NFL Draft coverage, but that won’t stop the news train from chugging along. In the NFL, a truly year-round league, there’s always something to write about. Today, that comes in the form of the oft-discussed Adrian Peterson.

On Monday, Chris Tomasson of the Pioner Press reported that the six teams are “in the mix” to trade for Peterson, and that next week’s NFL Draft will be their best opportunity to do so:

The Vikings’ greatest leverage will come during the NFL Draft, which begins on April 30 and ends May 2. In a class loaded with running backs like Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon, needy teams will be desperate to take the best available player at the position.

According to Tomasson’s source, general manager Rick Spielman could be able to persuade a team to trade for Peterson once the draft’s best running backs, Gurley and Gordon, are off the board. His source also named the six teams, many who have been linked to Peterson in earlier reports:

Arizona, Atlanta, Dallas, Jacksonville, San Diego and Tampa Bay

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Last year, we looked at what the consensus of the scouting community had to say when it came to which players were the best prospects in the NFL draft. That look alone gave us a lot of tools, which meant not only could we have a unique way to “grade” drafts, take a look at which teams were off-the-wall, and which evaluators were best at “predicting” the NFL draft.

The Huddle Report has a similar competition, grading mock drafts as well as top 100s. Draft Board Guru won their competition—their top 100 had the most players actually selected in the top 100. We’ll take a look at other ways to grade that process in a little bit as well.

We’ll take a look at last year’s results, then follow it with a preview of this year’s board. If you want to skip to this year’s board, click here.

Shaq Thompson Scouting Report
[Editor’s note: This is another installment in a series we will be running at Vikings Territory providing scouting reports for players the Vikings could potentially target in the 2015 Draft. All scouting reports are provided in partnership with Luke Inman and You can find all of our previous scouting reports here. Continue reading below to learn more about Shaq Thompson, the versatile, hybrid linebacker from the University of Washington.]

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Virginia safety Anthony Harris was a productive three year starter for the Cavilers who is currently recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. Harris missed the Senior Bowl, was held out of his pro-day, and only ran the forty at the combine (4.56). The injury and the lack of pre-draft workouts has caused his draft stock to slip.

Harris had a pre-draft visit with the Vikings, so it’s safe to say they have enough interest in him to at least engage in the “do-diligence” process with the former All-American and All-ACC standout.

A talented safety like Harris falling to the mid to late rounds might to be a welcomed gift for the Minnesota Vikings secondary.

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