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Vikings 2018 Schedule Icebreakers: Historic Meeting in Seattle, Familiar Finish in 4th Quarter
April 20, 2018 04:06 PM


The Vikings announced their 2018 schedule on Thursday. The Vikings.com crew will break down the 16-game slate into four quarters during this Icebreakers series that is presented byTicketmaster.

First Quarter | Second Quarter | Third Quarter | Fourth Quarter

Surprise! The Vikings will close a regular season by hosting the Bears. The 2018 finale will mark the fourth time in five seasons for Illinois native Mike Zimmer and Minnesota to host Chicago in Week 17.

Before the calendar reaches that, however, the Vikings will start their final quarter of the season by playing the Seahawks on Monday Night Football for the first time. After that trip to Seattle, Minnesota will host Miami in Week 15.

The Vikings will travel to Detroit to face the Lions in Week 16.

The games against Miami, at Detroit and against Chicago are currently scheduled to have noon kickoffs, but they are subject to flex scheduling.



Week 14

Vikings at Seahawks by @Eric_L_Smith

7:15 p.m. (CT) | Dec. 10 | CenturyLink Field

Series results

Vikings W-L-T: 5-10 (including one playoff game)

Home: 3-4; Away: 2-6

Last time in regular season: Seahawks defeated Vikings 38-7 on Dec. 6, 2015, in Minneapolis

Last time in regular season in Seattle: Seahawks defeated Vikings 41-20 on Nov. 17, 2013

Seattle's 2017 offensive rankings:

Total yards: 5,286 (15th in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,629 (23rd); Passing yards: 3,657 (14th); Points/game: 22.9 (11th); Sacks allowed/pass attempt percentage: 7.75 percent (21st); Interception rate: 2.16 percent (11th); Average time of possession: 29:19 (23rd)

Seattle's 2017 defensive rankings:

Total yards allowed/game: 323.2 (11th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 114.0 (19th); Passing yards allowed/game: 209.2 (6th); Points allowed/game: 20.8 (T-13th); Sacks/pass attempt: 7.04 percent (15th); Interception rate: 2.53 percent (14th)

Icebreakers: The Vikings have lost four straight contests to the Seahawks, perhaps none more memorable (or heartbreaking) as the 10-9 loss in the Wild Card round of the 2015 playoffs. ... Minnesota's most-recent win over Seattle was a 35-9 victory in 2009 in which Brett Favre threw four touchdown passes. ... Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is 65-30-1 in six seasons as a starter. He has thrown for 12,226 yards and 89 touchdowns over the past three seasons. ... Seattle will see some fresh faces on defense with cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Michael Bennett no longer with the franchise. ... The Seahawks also will travel to Minneapolis for the third preseason game. ... Seattle went 9-7 in 2017 to finish in second place in the NFC West but was unable to extend a streak of six consecutive playoff appearances. ... The Seahawks currently have the 18th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.



Week 15

Vikings vs. Dolphins by @Eric_L_Smith

Noon (CT) | Dec. 16 | U.S. Bank Stadium

Series results

Vikings W-L-T: 4-8

Home: 3-3; Away: 1-4; Neutral: 0-1

Last time in regular season: Dolphins defeated Vikings 37-35 on Dec. 21, 2014, in Miami

Last time in regular season in Minnesota: Dolphins defeated Vikings 14-10 on Sept. 19, 2010

Miami's 2017 offensive rankings:

Total yards: 4,923 (28th in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,388 (29th); Passing yards: 3,535 (18th); Points/game: 17.6 (28th); Sacks allowed/pass attempt percentage: 5.48 percent (10th); Interception rate: 3.49 percent (30th); Average time of possession: 29:25 (22nd)

Miami's 2017 defensive rankings:

Total yards allowed/game: 335.7 (16th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 110.5 (14th); Passing yards allowed/game: 225.2 (16th); Points allowed/game: 24.6 (29th); Sacks/pass attempt: 5.68 percent (25th); Interception rate: 1.70 percent (28th)

Icebreakers: The Vikings have lost three straight against the Dolphins. Minnesota's most-recent win came in 2002 when Gary Anderson hit a 53-yard field goal with 17 seconds left for a 20-17 victory. ... The Vikings and Dolphins played in Super Bowl VIII in January of 1974 with Miami winning 24-7. ... Miami traded wide receiver Jarvis Landry (112 receptions for 987 yards and nine touchdowns) to the Browns and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Rams over the past month. ... The Dolphins signed quarterback Brock Osweiler, running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Danny Amendola as free agents this offseason. ... Quarterback Jay Cutler started 14 games and threw for 2,666 yards with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions but was not re-signed this offseason. Ryan Tannehill and David Fales are set to return at QB. ... Miami went 6-10 in 2017 to finish in third place in the AFC East. ... The Dolphins currently have the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.



Week 16

Vikings at Lions by @PCraigers

Noon (CT) | Dec. 23 | Ford Field

Series results

Vikings W-L-T: 72-39-2

Home: 39-16-1; Away: 33-23-1

Last time in regular season: Vikings defeated Lions 30-23 on Nov. 23, 2017 (Thanksgiving Day)

Last time in regular season in Minnesota: Vikings defeated Lions 30-23 on Nov. 23, 2017 (Thanksgiving Day)

Detroit's 2017 offensive rankings:

Total yards: 5,404 (13th in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,221 (32nd); Passing yards: 4,183 (6th); Points/game: 25.6 (7th); Sacks allowed/pass attempt percentage: 8.25 percent (24th); Interception rate: 1.93 percent (9th); Average time of possession: 29:48 (19th)

Detroit's 2017 defensive rankings:

Total yards allowed/game: 355.8 (27th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 112.5 (18th); Passing yards allowed/game: 243.3 (27th); Points allowed/game: 23.5 (21st); Sacks/pass attempt: 6.14 percent (23rd); Interception rate: 3.33 percent (5th)

Icebreakers: Matthew Stafford has been more than a mainstay, not missing a start since 2010. He has thrown for at least 4,257 yards in each of the past seven seasons. The 2009 No. 1 overall pick has 12 game-winning drives in the past two seasons and 32 for his career. He led the NFL with five such drives in 2014, eight in 2016 and four in 2017. Stafford averaged 277.9 passing yards per game in 2017 and 229.5 against the Vikings. ... The Lions used free agency to execute a pair of changes at tight end, bringing in Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo from the Seahawks and Falcons, respectively. Eric Ebron and Darren Fells were not re-signed. ... Detroit is hoping the addition of LeGarrette Blount will bolster a rushing attack that ranked 31st in attempts, 32nd in yards, 21st in touchdowns and 32nd in yards per attempt. ... Detroit cornerback Darius Slay tied for the league lead with eight interceptions in 2017 and garnered his first All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. ... Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah tied for eighth in the league with 12 sacks.



Week 17

Vikings vs. Bears by @Eric_L_Smith

Noon (CT) | Dec. 30 | U.S. Bank Stadium

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Series results

Vikings W-L-T: 60-52-2 (including one playoff game)

Home: 37-21; Away: 23-31-2

Last time in regular season: Vikings defeated Bears 23-10 on Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis

Last time in regular season in Minnesota: Vikings defeated Bears 23-10 on Dec. 31, 2017

Chicago's 2017 offensive rankings:

Total yards: 4,599 (30th in NFL); Rushing yards: 1,788 (16th); Passing yards: 2,811 (32nd); Points/game: 16.5 (29th); Sacks allowed/pass attempt percentage: 8.25 percent (23rd); Interception rate: 2.54 percent (22nd); Average time of possession: 28:41 (28th)

Chicago's 2017 defensive rankings:

Total yards allowed/game: 319.1 (10th); Rushing yards allowed/game: 108.1 (11th); Passing yards allowed/game: 211.0 (7th); Points allowed/game: 20.0 (9th); Sacks/pass attempt: 7.94 percent (6th); Interception rate: 1.51 percent (29th)

Icebreakers (this one will preview whichever the first matchup is): The Vikings have fared well against Chicago in recent years. Minnesota swept the season series in 2017 and also did so in 2015. ... The Vikings have won all four home games against Chicago since Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer took the helm, and have won six straight in Minnesota against the Bears. ... Chicago used the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to select quarterback Mitch Trubisky. He started 12 games in his rookie season, going 4-8 while completing 196 of 330 passes (59.4 percent) for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. ... The Bears added wide receiver Allen Robinson and tight end Trey Burton in free agency to give Trubisky more offensive weapons. ... Chicago went 5-11 in 2017 to finish in last place in the NFC North. ... The Bears currently have the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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