2018 Minnesota Vikings Schedule Released
April 19, 2018 11:55 PM | Craig Peters

EAGAN, Minn. - The Vikings on Thursday announced their 2018 regular-season schedule, a slate that includes two of three at home to start and finish the year, four prime-time games and two other Sunday afternoon contests that will be broadcast in marquee time slots.

Week 1 | Sunday, Sept. 9 | vs. San Francisco 49ers | Noon | FOX

Week 2 | Sunday, Sept. 16 | at Green Bay Packers | Noon | FOX

Week 3 | Sunday, Sept. 23 | vs. Buffalo Bills | Noon | CBS

Week 4 | Thursday, Sept. 27 | at Los Angeles Rams | 7:20 PM | FOX and NFLN

Week 5 | Sunday, Oct. 7 | at Philadelphia Eagles | 3:25 PM | FOX

Week 6 | Sunday, Oct. 14 | vs. Arizona Cardinals | Noon | FOX

Week 7 | Sunday, Oct. 21 | at New York Jets | Noon | FOX

Week 8 | Sunday, Oct. 28 | vs. New Orleans Saints | 7:20 PM | NBC

Week 9 | Sunday, Nov. 4 | vs. Detroit Lions | Noon | FOX

Week 10 | BYE WEEK

Week 11| Sunday, Nov. 18 | at Chicago Bears | Noon | FOX

Week 12 | Sunday, Nov. 25 | vs. Green Bay Packers | 7:20 PM | NBC

Week 13 | Sunday, Dec. 2 | at New England Patriots | 3:25 PM | FOX

Week 14 | Monday, Dec. 10 | at Seattle Seahawks | 7:15 PM | ESPN

Week 15 | Sunday, Dec. 16 | vs. Miami Dolphins | Noon | CBS

Week 16 | Sunday, Dec. 23 | at Detroit Lions | Noon | FOX

Week 17 | Sunday, Dec. 30 | vs. Chicago Bears | Noon | FOX

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Minnesota will open against San Francisco at noon (CT) on Sunday, Sept. 9, then make a quick trip to Lambeau Field to face the Packers in Week 2, before returning to host Buffalo in Week 3.

The opener will be the fourth consecutive regular-season meeting to occur in September (2009, 2012, 2015) and give the Vikings a Week 1 home game for the second season in a row.

Head Coach Mike Zimmer, whose team opened on the road in his first three seasons, told's Mike Wobschall he was excited to learn his team will start 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

""I think it's great to open at home," Zimmer said. "We were able to do that last year and with our fans, it's a great way to kick off the season."

Minnesota and Green Bay have played 17 September games in the Border Battle series. The most recent occurred in Week 2 of the 2016 season, when the Vikings topped the Packers 17-14 in U.S. Bank Stadium's inaugural game.

Trips to Lambeau Field have recently been much later - Week 16 or 17 - the past three times.

"The grass will be perfect there in Lambeau," Zimmer said. "Typically, that's not how it's been when we've played there lately. I think that's a good deal there, too."

After hosting the Bills for the first time since 2010, the Vikings will have a quick turnaround for a Thursday Night Football game against the Rams in Los Angeles in Week 4.

That matchup between playoff teams and division champs will be followed by a trip to Philadelphia for a Week 5 rematch of the 2017 NFC Championship. That contest is slated for 3:25 p.m. (CT) on FOX.

The Vikings will have three of their next four games at home, hosting Arizona (Oct. 14), New Orleans (Oct. 28 on Sunday Night Football) and Detroit (Nov. 4) and visiting the New York Jets on Oct. 21.

A Week 10 bye will be followed by three of four on the road. Minnesota will visit Chicago (Nov. 18), host Green Bay (Nov. 25 on Sunday Night Football) and visit New England (Dec. 2) and Seattle (Dec. 10 on Monday Night Football). The Vikings quest for their first victory against the Patriots since 2000 will be broadcast at 3:25 p.m. (CT) by FOX.

The Vikings will return on the redeye from Seattle early in the morning on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and have a home contest with the Dolphins (Dec. 16) on deck.

Minnesota will visit Detroit Dec. 23 before closing the campaign at home against Chicago for the third consecutive season and fourth time since Zimmer's hire in 2014.

Five games in the final month will be a challenge and an opportunity for a team that wants to return to the postseason.

"The fans always remember those games in December, right? We finish up with a couple division games, so that's always going to be good," Zimmer said. "And then I think Seattle on Monday night, so we'll have some tough ones in there."

The Vikings on Thursday also announced the dates and times for their four preseason games.

The full schedule for the preseason and regular season follows.

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