2014 Vikings Schedule Released — Quick Breakdown and Early Prediction
Posted by Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM By Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker / May 1, 2014 Comment
solid start and the Wild alive and well in the NHL playoffs, many Minnesotans define their pro sports fandom in predominantly purple terms. The Draft is less than a week out (May 8) and the 2014 NFL schedules were released last week. Here is what your hometown Vikings have in store for the upcoming regular season:
the Metrodome TCF Bank Stadium.
The bad news? They're playing Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the always-elite New England Patriots. The Vikings have never beaten Belichick or Brady (losing in 2002, 2006 and 2010), and I don't think there is any reason to believe they'll reverse that trend in 2014.
Week 3 will also be difficult for our Purple. Sean Payton's Saints went 11-5 last year and lost a hard-fought game in the playoffs to the eventual champion Seahawks. We've lost our last three games against the Saints dating back to 2010 (including a playoff heartbreak when what's his face was our QB), and this year's game is also at Superdome, where Drew Brees and his gang are extra tough to beat.
Week 4 we're home against an Atlanta Falcons team that went 4-12 last year. Easy win, right? Not so fast, the 2013 Falcons experienced several keys injuries that have lead many (including me) to believe last year's lousy record was a bit of an aberration. In 2012, the Falcons went (13-3), beat the Seahawks in the playoffs and then lost a tight 28-24 game to the 49ers in the NFC Championship. In fact, before last year's implosion, since coach Mike Smith and Matt Ryan came to Atlanta in 2008, the Falcons went a combined (56-24) and made the playoffs in four out of five seasons.
Don't overlook the Falcons.
Jared Allen will be unleashed on his former teammates. Even with the bye week providing us an extra week of preparation, I pessimistically predict #69 will pulverize who ever happens to be the Vikings' quarterback by that point in the season. I've got a gut feeling we lose in Chicago.
we stole Captain Munnerlyn from Carolina -- Vikings 1, Panthers 0.
In Weeks 14, 15 and 16, the Vikings take on three straight middling teams — the Jets, the Lions, the Dolphins (Oh my!) — and I see more reason for optimism (even though two of the three are on the road). When I look into my NFL crystal ball, I see Minnesota winning two of three (at least) in this stretch.
Week 17 has the Monsters of Midway coming north to battle our Purple and close out the 2014 season. Jared Allen will once again be even more amped up than he already is. I hope this game is relevant for the Vikings because, if so, it will be an enjoyable way to close out the regular season.
Week 1 — Sept. 7 at St. Louis (Noon) Week 2 — Sept. 14 vs. New England (Noon) Week 3 — Sept. 21 at New Orleans (Noon) Week 4 — Sept. 28 vs. Atlanta (3:25 pm) Week 5 — Oct. 2 at Green Bay (7:25 pm) Week 6 — Oct. 12 vs. Detroit (Noon) Week 7 — Oct. 19 at Buffalo (Noon) Week 8 — Oct. 26 at Tampa Bay (Noon) Week 9 — Nov. 2 vs. Washington (Noon) Week 10 — BYE Week 11 — Nov. 16 at Chicago (Noon) Week 12 — Nov. 23 vs. Green Bay (Noon) Week 13 — Nov. 30 vs. Carolina (Noon) Week 14 — Dec. 7 vs. New York Jets (Noon) Week 15 — Dec. 14 at Detroit (Noon) Week 16 — Dec. 21 at Miami (Noon) Week 17 — Dec. 28 vs. Chicago (Noon)So, how will the 2014 Vikings' season go? I hate to be the bearer of pessimism*, but I'm a bit weary about this tough early schedule at first glance. It would not surprise me one teeny weeny bit if the Vikings went 1-3 (or 0-4) to start the season and traveled to Lambeau Field to try and, for all intents and purposes, save their season on October 2 against our rival Packers. Let's take a closer look...