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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.