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2014 Vikings Schedule Notes

Posted Apr 23, 2014

All-time regular season record: 431-365-10

All-time home regular season record: 254-146-4

All-time road regular season record: 177-219-6

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New England Patriots – In their first matchup since the 2010 season and their first in Minnesota since 2006, the Vikings host the Patriots in their TCF regular season debut and home opener in Week Two. The Patriots and Vikings have met up before on the campus of the University of Minnesota in the preseason opener on August 8, 1971 in a game played at Memorial Stadium. In their most recent contest the Patriots downed the Vikings 28-18 at Gillette Stadium. Brendan Daly, who most recently served as the Vikings defensive line coach from 2012-13, is a defensive assistant coach for the Patriots. Vikings QB Matt Cassel was drafted by the Patriots in seventh round in 2005 and spent his first four seasons in the NFL with New England. New England has won seven of the 11 matchups with the Vikings and has a 2-2 record in Minnesota.

Detroit Lions – The Lions, who lost to the Vikings, 14-13, in the Metrodome finale in Week 17 in 2013, travel to Minnesota in Week Six. In the 2013 matchup in Minnesota, WR Cordarrelle Patterson stole the show scoring both Vikings touchdowns, one on a 50-yard end around and the other on an eight-yard reception to give the Vikings a one-point victory. The Vikings hold a 38-13-1 record against the Lions in Minnesota, winning 15 of their last 16 home contests. The Vikings have more victories, 69, over the Lions than any other opponent.

Atlanta Falcons – The Vikings host the Falcons in Week Four with a 3:25 PM CT scheduled kickoff. Atlanta, the winner of two straight over the Vikings, trail in the all-time series 11-16 and hold a 4-10 record in Minnesota. Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer spent the 2007 season as the Falcons Defensive Coordinator before taking over the same position in Cincinnati, a post he held until joining the Vikings.

Washington Redskins – The Vikings and the Redskins will face off for the fifth straight year, a series record with the non-division opponent. The 2013 contest was played in primetime in Week 10 on Thursday Night Football where the Vikings won, 34-27.  The Vikings have an opportunity to even up the all-time series, which currently stands at 11-12 and 5-6 in Minnesota, in Week Nine. The Vikings have won three of their last four against the Redskins.

Green Bay Packers – The border battle takes place at TCF Bank Stadium for the first time in series history during Week 12. In the last matchup with Green Bay in Minnesota WR Cordarrelle Patterson took the opening kick 109 yards for a touchdown, marking the longest kickoff return and tying the longest play in NFL history. Green Bay eventually won the contest, 44-31, evening up the all-time series in games played in Minnesota at 26-26.

New York Jets – In Week 14, the Vikings welcome the New York Jets to Minnesota. The last time the two teams met was on Monday Night Football in a rainy contest that saw the Jets capture a 29-20 victory. In that game QB Brett Favre threw his historic 500th career touchdown pass to Randy Moss. The Jets own an 8-1 record all-time against the Vikings, including a 3-1 record in Minnesota. The Jets have secured seven straight victories over the Vikings dating back to 1979. The 2014 Vikings-Jets game is the 10th meeting in series history. 


Carolina Panthers – In Week 13 the Panthers will visit Minnesota for the second consecutive season. Carolina, who is one of four playoff teams on the Vikings 2014 schedule, won last season’s Week 6 meeting in convincing fashion, 35-10. The Vikings added former Panther CB Captain Munnerlyn via free agency during the 2014 offseason. Munnerlyn, who played his first five seasons with the Panthers, played in 77 games while starting 50 during his career in Carolina. The Vikings hold a 6-5 edge, including a 5-3 mark at home, in the all-time series against the Panthers. Vikings T Matt Kalil and brother, Panthers C Ryan Kalil, will face each other for the second straight year.

Chicago Bears – In the regular season finale, the Vikings and Bears will match up at TCF Bank Stadium for the second time series history. In 2010, the Bears and Vikings played on Monday Night Football on the campus of the University of Minnesota following the collapse of the Metrodome roof. The game, which was played December 20, 2010 was exactly 29 years to the date of the finale at the Met Stadium. The Vikings won last season’s game against the Bears at the Metrodome, 23-20, in an overtime thriller powered by Adrian Peterson’s season-high 211 rushing yards on a club-record 35 rushing attempts. Bears DE Jared Allen makes his return to Minnesota after signing as a free agent with Chicago in the 2014 offseason.

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St. Louis Rams – The Vikings look to extend a two-game win streak against the Rams in the opening week of the 2014 season at the Edward Jones Dome. The Week One matchup marks the first time the Vikings and Rams have played on Kickoff Weekend. In the last contest with the Rams in 2012, RB Adrian Peterson ran for 212 yards, including a career-high-tying 82-yard touchdown during his MVP season. Peterson and the Vikings won the game 36-22. Overall, the Vikings hold a 24-16-2 record against the Rams, dating back to their days in Los Angeles. Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner coached defensive backs at Southern California while Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher played for the Trojans during the 1980 season. The Vikings hold 29-23-1 record on opening day.

New Orleans Saints – In Week Three, the Vikings travel New Orleans trying to snap a three-game skid against the Saints. The Vikings hold an 8-7 record while playing at New Orleans. In the most recent Vikings-Saints game played in New Orleans, the Saints downed the Vikings 14-9 on Thursday Night Football during the 2010 Kickoff Weekend. Vikings linebacker coach Adam Zimmer coached for the Saints on their Super Bowl-winning 2009 team.

Green Bay Packers – The Minnesota Vikings travel to neighboring rival Green Bay Packers in Week Five in a nationally televised game on Thursday Night Football. The last matchup at Lambeau Field in Week 12 in 2013 ended in a tie for the second time in series history. In the tie, RB Adrian Peterson had one of his five 100-plus rushing yard games tallying 146 yards on 32 carries and K Blair Walsh earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after connecting on 4-of-4 on field goal attempts, including the game-tying field goal to extend the overtime period. Green Bay holds a 30-23-2 record when hosting the longstanding rivalry.

Buffalo Bills – The Vikings will play in their eighth game in club history at Buffalo in Week Seven. The Vikings own a 4-3 record at Buffalo and hold a 8-4 record over the Bills overall. The two teams, who played in Buffalo during the 2013 preseason, last matched up in the regular season in 2010 in Minnesota with the Vikings winning 38-14. The Vikings last regular season trip to Buffalo was in 2006.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – In a matchup of former NFC Central rivals, Minnesota travels to Tampa Bay in Week Eight. The Buccaneers, who have won six straight against the Vikings, will host Minnesota for the first time since 2008. Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier will see a familiar foe having coached the Vikings from 2007-13, serving the final three seasons in purple as the head coach. The all-time series in games played in Tampa is dead even at 13-13 with the Vikings holding the overall series 31-22. The Vikings have yet to win at Raymond James Stadium.

Chicago Bears – After a last-second 31-30 loss in 2013, the Vikings are searching for their first victory at Chicago since 2007 when then-rookie RB Adrian Peterson ran for 224 and three touchdowns. The Bears connected on touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining in the game to steal the 2013 contest. The Vikings recorded two non-offensive touchdowns at Soldier Field last season with a 105-yard kickoff return touchdown by WR Cordarrelle Patterson and a 61-yard fumble return touchdown by DE Brian Robison. With a 29-21-2 record, the Bears hold the advantage when hosting the Vikings. The Week 11 game is the first after the Vikings Bye Week.

Detroit Lions – The Vikings visit the Lions in Week 15 after opening the 2013 season at Detroit. RB Adrian Peterson took his first carry of the season 78 yards for a touchdown on the Vikings first offensive play of the season, but the Vikings couldn’t hold on, eventually dropping the regular season opener, 24-34. Minnesota possesses a 31-21-1 record all-time while playing at Detroit.

Miami Dolphins – For the first time in eight seasons the Vikings travel to South Beach for a Week 16 game against the Dolphins. The most recent matchup in the Dolphins-Vikings all-time series, which includes Super Bowl VII played in Houston, came in 2010 when Miami snuck out a 14-10 win in Minnesota. Miami owns the edge in the series with a 7-4 record all-time against Vikings, including a 3-1 record at home. Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards returns to Miami where he coached linebackers from 2005-09 and again from 2012-13.