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Vikings release 2014 schedule

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The NFL today released the schedule for the 2014 season. The beginning of the season is not easy with New England, New Orleans, Atlanta and Green Bay as four of the first six opponents. It marks the first year that the team will play their home games at TCF Bank Stadium while their new stadium is being built.

September 7
Week One  at St. Louis - 12:00 PM
- FOX 9

The Vikings start on the road against a St. Louis Rams team that finished 7-9 a year ago. With so many questions on both sides of the ball and starting the season on the road, this won’t be an easy proposition.

September 14
Week Two vs. New England - 12:00 PM

Tom Brady and company bring their traveling road show to TCF in the home opener. The Patriots are coming off of a 12-4 season in which they went 4-4 on the road. On the face, this seems like a rough hill to climb on opening day.

September 21
Week Three at New Orleans - 12:00 PM
- FOX 9

The tough first quarter of the season continues with a trip to the bayou. The Saints finished 11-5 last year but were undefeated at home. Not to sound negative, but an 0-3 start is a reality.

September 28
Week Four vs. Atlanta - 3:25 PM
- FOX 9

The hits just keep on coming. Last season was nothing more than a bump in the road for the Falcons who finished the season 4-12. They are legit Super Bowl contenders and with everyone back and healthy and a likely Javaveon Clowney led defense, our purple squad could still be searching for their first win.

October 2
Week Five at. Green Bay - 7:25 PM

At least the trip to Lambeau comes early. It also marks the only game the Vikings will see in primetime this season. Panic could set in by this point with the likely hood of a 0-5 or a 1-5 start.

October 12
Week Six vs. Detroit - 12:00 PM
- FOX 9

Finally some breathing room with Detroit which isn’t really breathing room but more of a coin flip game simply because…well, they are the Lions.

October 19
Week Seven at Buffalo- 12:00 PM
- FOX 9

Back to back winnable games! The Bills went 6-10 last year and even though the game is on the road, this is one the team should be able to get.

October 26
Week Eight at Tampa Bay - 12:00 PM - FOX 9

The Vikings need to take advantage of the middle part of their schedule because it is about to get rough again. Tampa Bay isn’t exactly a heavy hitter but the Vikings will face former head coach Leslie Frazier, who is now the defensive coordinator for the Bucs.

November 2
Week Nine vs. Washington - 12:00 PM
- FOX 9

A home date against Robert Griffin III awaits the team prior to their bye. The Redskins finished the season last year 3-13, but their re-tooled offense will likely give the Vikings a rough afternoon.

November 16
Week Eleven at Chicago - 12:00 PM - FOX 9

Off of the bye, the Vikings travel to Soldier Field, where they NEVER win. Too much Bears offense will likely be the case. The squad could be staring at a 3-8 record at this point.

November 23
Week Twelve vs. Green Bay - 12:00 PM
- FOX 9

Hosting the Packers in week 12 will give the opportunity to avenge the earlier season loss. Too much Packer offense if Aaron Rodgers is healthy is going to be the difference.

November 30
Week Thirteen vs. Carolina - 12:00 PM
 - FOX 9

A coin flip game based on being outdoors in late November. How the Panthers offense deals with the loss of Steve Smith is the early read, but Cam Newton is scary good and is capable of winning the game on his own.

December 7
Week Fourteen vs. New York Jets - 12:00 PM

I don’t like the J-E-T-S and this is one game the Vikings should win. The Jets finished 8-8 last year, but have made improvements in the off-season.

December 14
Week Fifteen at Detroit - 12:00 PM
 - FOX 9

The guess is the Vikings split with the Lions. Will the motor city kitties finally pull it all together? Doubtful. But it won’t be because they have a lack of talent.

December 21
Week Sixteen at Miami - 12:00 PM - FOX 9

The squad could pull a win here against Miami but it is a road game and again, there really isn’t a game where the Vikings can be labeled as favorite. A 50/50 game that we shall see.

December 28
Week Seventeen vs. Chicago - 12:00 PM - FOX 9

The Bears close the year that could net another win total in the mid-single digits. If the Bears are playing for something, they win. If it is two teams who really don’t care then the Vikings have a history of winning games they should lose. I say they lose and finish another brutal 5 or 6 win season.

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