Vikings And Packers Release 2014 Schedules
The Minnesota Vikings have only one scheduled prime-time game this season, a Thursday matchup at rival Green Bay Oct. 2.
All 16 opponents for 2014 were previously determined by the NFL’s formula, but the league unveiled the specific dates and times Wednesday night.
The Vikings will formally kick off their two-year stay at the University of Minnesota by hosting New England Sept. 14. For the fifth time in six seasons, the Vikings will start on the road, at St. Louis Sept. 7. They’ll wrap up the schedule against Chicago at TCF Bank Stadium Dec. 28, roughly four years after the two teams were forced to play there following the collapse of the Metrodome.
Four of the last six games are at home, raising the possibility of wintry weather.
Meantime, the Packers will have five prime-time games in 2014, starting with the NFL opener in Seattle to face the defending champion Seahawks on Sept. 4.
Green Bay also has a high-profile matchup at Lambeau Field against the Patriots on Nov. 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The Packers’ home opener is in Week 2 on Sept. 14 against the New York Jets.
Green Bay plays four of its first six games on the road. The bye week comes Nov. 2 in Week 9 before the Packers close with five of their last eight at home. The season finale is Dec. 28 at Lambeau against Detroit.
The NFL announced the schedule Wednesday. Prime-time games are subject to the flexible scheduling policy that allows the league to move around late-season games.
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