Good news, Minnesota: Vikings have only two prime-time games

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The Vikings have developed a reputation for struggling in prime-time games. That won’t be as much of an issue this year.

After having five prime-time games in 2019, despite missing the playoffs in 2018, the final-eight franchise from 2019 has only two prime-time games: Week Five on Sunday night at Seattle, and Week 10 on Monday night at Chicago.

In all, the Vikings have 12 games that start at 1:00 p.m. ET, subject to flexing to Sunday night. The only other deviations happen in Week 11 at Dallas (4:25 p.m. ET) and Week 16 at New Orleans (4:30 p.m. ET, on Christmas Day).

The Vikings don’t have a Thursday night game, presumably because their short-week game will be played on Christmas Day, a Friday.

The Vikings open with the Green Bay Packers in Minnesota, with three straight AFC South games following Week One. The dome team makes its annual trip to Green Bay on November 1, and then to Chicago two weeks later, on November 16.

20 responses to “Good news, Minnesota: Vikings have only two prime-time games

  1. The Vikings don’t have a Thursday night game, presumably because their short-week game will be played on Christmas Day, a Friday.

    Love this. Hate TNF

  2. This makes sense. Nobody cares about a franchise that has never won a championship in its 60+ year existence (let that sink in), especially the way their fans spout off. Hell, you’d think by their fans’ comments they’d won 12 championships or something (which would be absolutely phenomenal).

  3. As long they win, i dont care what time they play. So far, they’re doing better than most!

  4. Don’t let anyone tell you wishing, hoping, and praying doesn’t work.

  5. They pretty much got by this hurdle last year with the cowboys. I worry less about this prime time stuff than about the repeating pattern of good year, bad year under the Zimmer regime. I am optimistic we can exorcise that particular demon this year, but optimistic is not the same thing as convinced. With their turnover and shortened offseason, it is going to be hard to live up to their billing with all the rookies who will need to contribute.

  6. Since 2009, the Vikings will have played 39 night games (including 2020), with only 15 being at home (38.5%). That includes three home games out of four night games in 2016, the year US Bank Stadium opened. I defy you to find another team with a lower percentage of home night games.

  7. This will the the fifth season in a row that the Vikings will be playing a prime-time road in game either Chicago or Seattle (or both), including the third straight road game in Seattle. A little variety from the NFL would be nice.

    The success of this Viking season will be determined by whether or not the OL can actually block against the better DLs in the league.

  8. Since 2012, the Vikings have played Seattle 5 times during the regular season.

    4 of 5 games have been played in Seattle.

  9. Since 2012, the Vikings have played Seattle 5 times during the regular season.

    4 of 5 games have been played in Seattle.

    That’s just wrong.

  10. Alan Light says:
    May 8, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Will be fun week 8 to mathematically take GB out of the playoffs…

    +++++

    That is an impossibility. Your grasp of Math seems as shaky as your understanding of the term “world-class”.

  11. Cribbage12, The Vikings may have not won the big one but they hold a large percentage of division and many conferance championships, from your limited intelligence response you must be a Packer fan.

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