As we know, today is the day that the 2019 NFL Schedule will be announced. We have already been keeping track of everything that we’ve heard so far concerning different rumors and leaks throughout the day. Now that the schedule has been officially released, here’s the full rundown.
Note: All times are in Central time because, you know, that’s the time zone the Vikings reside in.
Minnesota Vikings 2019 Schedule
|1||8 September||Atlanta Falcons||U.S. Bank Stadium||12:00 PM||FOX|
|2||15 September||at Green Bay Packers||Lambeau Field||12:00 PM||FOX|
|3||22 September||Oakland Raiders||U.S. Bank Stadium||12:00 PM||FOX|
|4||29 September||at Chicago Bears||Soldier Field||3:25 PM||CBS|
|5||6 October||at New York Giants||MetLife Stadium||12:00 PM||FOX|
|6||13 October||Philadelphia Eagles||U.S. Bank Stadium||12:00 PM||FOX|
|7||20 October||at Detroit Lions||Ford Field||12:00 PM||FOX|
|8||24 October (Thu)||Washington Redskins||U.S. Bank Stadium||7:20 PM||FOX/NFLN|
|9||3 November||at Kansas City Chiefs||Arrowhead Stadium||12:00 PM||FOX|
|10||10 November||at Dallas Cowboys||AT&T Stadium||7:20 PM||NBC|
|11||17 November||Denver Broncos||U.S. Bank Stadium||12:00 PM||CBS|
|13||2 December (Mon)||at Seattle Seahawks||CenturyLink Field||7:15 PM||ESPN|
|14||8 December||Detroit Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||12:00 PM||FOX|
|15||15 December||at Los Angeles Chargers||Dignity Health Sports Park||7:20 PM||NBC|
|16||23 December (Mon)||Green Bay Packers||U.S. Bank Stadium||7:15 PM||ESPN|
|17||29 December||Chicago Bears||U.S. Bank Stadium||12:00 PM||FOX|
Some first impressions from seeing the full 2019 slate:
- As rumored, the Vikings will open their 2019 account at home against the Atlanta Falcons.
- The first half of the slate is mostly the typical noon local time kickoffs that fans are accustomed to (and most actually prefer). Only one of the first seven games has a non-noon start: at 3:25 PM matchup when they visit the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. But after Week 7, the Vikings are currently slated for a whopping five nationally televised prime time games. They host the Washington Redskins on Thursday Night Football in Week 8 and the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football in Week 16. Between that, there are currently three prime time games on the road: Week 10 at Jerry’s World against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, Week 13 at the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, and Week 15 when they visit the Los Angeles Chargers for another Sunday night matchup. Of course, depending on how the seasons are unfolding for the respective teams, the two Sunday night games on NBC have the possibility of being flexed out to Sunday afternoon instead.
- For the second straight season, the Vikings will visit Green Bay in Week 2 for the Packers’ home opener. We’re going to go out on a limb here and predict that this one will not end in a tie highlighted by four missed field goals and very questionable roughing the passer calls. (Then again...)
- For the fourth straight season, the Week 17 game will be the same: hosting the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. The last week always includes divisional matchups, but the sheer lack of variety for the season finale is a bit puzzling.
Now that the full slate of games has been released, what are your first impressions? Tough to find that first loss? Are we doomed before the bye? Which road trips are you going to try and make? Let us know in the comments below.