Although we know WHO the 2018 opponents for the Minnesota Vikings will be, we don’t know WHEN or in what order those games will occur.
Except for one, apparently.
It’s being reported from credible sources that the Vikings will open up the season as part of the Thursday Night season opener, in Philadelphia to meet the Eagles, on September 6th:
When #NFL schedule comes out sources tell me #Eagles will play #Vikings to open season Thursday night September 6th in Philadelphia. It’s rematch of NFC Championship game. @SportsRadioWIP— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) March 19, 2018
With the backdrop of an NFC Championship re-match, and then the Eagles winning the Super Bowl in Minnesota two weeks later, it was long assumed that the NFL would have this as their season opener game, and now, it has apparently come to pass.
There will be some other interesting storylines in the game as well, besides the NFC Championship re-match backdrop. John DeFilippo, the Vikings Offensive Coordinator, replaced Pat Shurmur when Shurm was named the head coach of the New York Giants when the Vikings season ended. But ‘Flip’ was the Eagles Quarterbacks coach for two seasons prior to coming to Minnesota, and there’s a decent chance it will be the return of Carson Wentz from his torn ACL he suffered in week 14 in Los Angeles. The Eagles also lost offensive coordinator Frank Reich to become the head coach of the Colts, so both sides will have some new looks and wrinkles.
For the Vikings, let’s hope it’s ‘alot’, and they’re all ‘good’. Because man that NFC title game suuuuuuuuucked.
For the Vikings, it will be the debut of Kirk Cousins as the VIkings quarterback, and we’ll see if he can have more success than Case Keenum did in the NFC Championship, when the Vikings decided to play, collectively, their worst game of the season.
Starting the season where it ended so horribly, against the defending Super Bowl champions, will be a tough test for the Vikings, but it will also be a chance for the Vikings to start the season off on the right foot, and make an early statement that they’re one of the teams on the short list to go to the Super Bowl.
Or, we’ll all proclaim Kirk Cousins was a waste of money, it’s time to trade or cut everyone and completely rebuild, and the Vikings are going 0-16. I feel there’s no in-between here. Your call.
The full NFL schedule will be released in about a month, if last year’s release date is any barometer.