Vikings' 2019 Schedule Is Set
Justin Ekstrom | Apr 18, 2019 AT 7:47 am
(KNSI) - The 2019 NFL schedule is now finalized; the Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins will have five prime time games to flip their most recent narrative.
If 2019 is going to be a playoff year for the purple, the season will have to be much better than last year's 8-7-1 and second-place in the NFC North Division finish.
Here is how the schedule breaks down for the Vikings this season:
Week 1: Sunday, September 8th home versus the Atlanta Falcons at 12:00 PM.
The Vikings and Falcons will both want to put last season behind them and start off the season in the right direction.
Week 2: Sunday, September 15th away versus the Green Bay Packers at 12:00 PM.
Not a whole bunch of analysis is needed for the importance of getting a win against a divisional rival on the road.
Week 3: Sunday, September 22nd home versus the Oakland Raiders at 12:00 PM.
The Raiders are under a complete rebuild with head coach John Gruden; beating them is imperative for the Vikes in order to make the playoffs.
Week 4: Sunday, September 29th away versus the Chicago Bears at 3:25 PM.
Thankfully, the dreaded game at Soldier Field is not on Monday or Sunday Night Football for the first time in three years.
Week 5: Sunday, October 6th away versus the New York Giants at 12:00 PM.
Both teams are plenty familiar with schemes from the other team but the Giants are seemingly in rebuild-mode after questionable decisions this offseason.
Week 6: Sunday, October 13th home versus the Philadelphia Eagles at 12:00 PM.
Recent history between the two teams suggests this will be another big game for both sides.
Week 7: Sunday, October 20th away versus the Detroit Lions at 12:00 PM.
For the first time in three years, the Vikings do not go to Detroit on Thanksgiving Day; Vikes must win as many divisional games on the road as they possibly can this season.
Week 8: Thursday, October 24th home versus the Washington Redskins at 7:20 PM.
Thursday Night Football will highlight Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum and Adrian Peterson all facing their former teams.
Week 9: Sunday, November 3rd away versus the Kansas City Chiefs at 12:00 PM.
Mike Zimmer will be facing Andy Reid and an electric Patrick Mahomes offense; if anyone has ever gone to KC to watch a game, they know the purple will be well represented at this one.
Week 10: Sunday, November 10th away versus the Dallas Cowboys at 7:20 PM.
Sunday Night Football has not been kind to the Vikings or to Cousins but a playoff push may start if they can find a way to win this game.
Week 11: Sunday, November 17th home versus the Denver Broncos at 12:00 PM.
The Broncos' new quarterback, Joe Flacco comes to town but it's Denver's defense that may worry the Vikings the most.
Week 12: BYE WEEK; its always nice to have a bye later in the year but that means no Vikings' football during Thanksgiving weekend.
Week 13: Monday, December 12th away versus the Seattle Seahawks at 7:15 PM.
Zimmer and the Vikings hope to erase last year's Monday Night Football debacle with a much needed road win in a place they always seem to lose.
Week 14: Sunday, December 8th home versus the Detroit Lions at 12:00 PM.
Winning the division is a goal that is unattainable if the Vikings lose this game.
Week 15: Sunday, November 15th away versus the San Diego Chargers at 7:20 PM.
The Chargers' offense is one of the best in the NFL and their defense may give Cousins and the purple all they can handle.
Week 16: Monday, December 23rd home versus the Green Bay Packers at 7:15 PM
A Monday Night Football victory against their biggest rivals could be the difference between the playoffs and being home to start the new year.
Week 17: Sunday, December 29th home versus the Chicago Bears at 12:00 PM.
What has become a perennial game to finish the season will hopefully go much better than last season's defeat and ousting from the playoffs.
If the Vikings want to put last year behind them, they will have to win a few tough road games and win a heavy majority of their home slates.
Cousins can quickly dispatch more talks of his record in prime-time games when they play five of them in an eight-week span.
Any hopes of the playoffs may be determined during that tough stretch and the purple faithful most assuredly are praying for better results than they have witnessed the past few years.