Short-week home game is one of five prime-time contests for the Vikings

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The Vikings have been lobbying for a short-week game at home. This year, they got one. And it will come against a couple of old friends.

Minnesota starts Week Eight with a Thursday night home game, against Washington. Apart from pitting quarterback Kirk Cousins against his former team for the first time, the game will bring former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum and former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson back to town.

Keenum authored the most memorable moment in U.S. Bank Stadium’s three-year history, with a seat-of-the-pants touchdown throw to Stefon Diggs in the divisional playoffs against the Saints to cap the 2017 season. That was the last time Keenum played in Minnesota.

In all Minnesota schedule features five prime-time games, subject to a Week 15 flex at the Chargers. Given Minnesota’s propensity for not showing up under the lights, that narrative will need to change if the Vikings hope to compete with Washington on a Thursday night, Dallas on a Sunday night, Seattle on a Monday night, the Chargers on a Sunday night, or the Packers in the last Monday night game of the season.

20 responses to “Short-week home game is one of five prime-time contests for the Vikings

  1. Given Minnesota’s propensity for not showing up under the lights, that narrative will need to change if the Vikings hope to compete with Washington on a Thursday night, Dallas on a Sunday night, Seattle on a Monday night, the Chargers on a Sunday night, or the Packers in the last Monday night game of the season.
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    Fair enough, make them earn it.

  2. Schedule is not bad. After the bye will tell if this team makes the playoffs or not!

  3. Living on the East Coast, I wish all Viking games would kick off at 1:00 PM. I can’t stay up to watch entire games in prime time. I have to work the next day.

  4. Vikings are basically fielding the same team from 2017 but older & slower and only improved in the QB area. The O-line & D-line are much worse than that team. All the other teams have improved significantly. Unless the Vikings have a phenomenal draft or find a way to dump some high salaries, looking at you Rhodes, while signing a top FA @ DT & RT. This will be a long year again.

  5. I went through the Vikings 2019 schedule. Here are my official results:

    8-8

    However, I think Dallas was a toss up. If you win at Dallas 9-7.

  6. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 18, 2019 at 12:02 pm
    Unless there’s some kind of disaster, that schedule looks like 10-6 at worst.

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    Too late to Barr disaster.

    They overpaid for a mediocre QB, let a bunch of people go in free agency, didn’t upgrade their secondary (which just isn’t good), and still have Spielman for a GM.

    5-11 looks about right.

  7. Love the early season predictions. 10-6? I mean you guys really can’t help yourself can you. There’s at least 6 losses on that schedule. Best bet is 10-6. ya know since you guys were so good against those winning record teams. AFC west is one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL… you had enough trouble with the AFC East last year, so slow down.

  8. Speaking of schedules NFL.com had this – Most forgiving schedules

    Green Bay Packers

    The league’s deep-state elite absolutely want to see the Packers in the playoff picture until the bitter end. Fresh off a rudderless 6-9-1 campaign that led to a string of firings, Green Bay has been given a home-heavy schedule out of the gate with just two road dates — at Chicago in Week 1 and Dallas in Week 5 — over the first seven games of the season. That leaves Rodgers and friends with a string of road games later on — including a gnarly back-to-back clash with the Chiefs and Chargers beginning in Week 8 — but the Packers have been given a chance to soar early, although Gregg Rosenthal doesn’t think it outweighs the difficult finish.

  9. The Redskins were lucky to draw the Vikings in the short week. Usually those games are the most difficult to win but throw in Cousin’s record in prime time and all of a sudden, the Redskins will be favorites.

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