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.
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
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