Vikings 2014 schedule announced

The NFL announced its 2014 schedule Wednesday and, after concerns that scheduling demands at TCF Bank Stadium would potentially limit the number of prime time games the Vikings could have, just about the worst-case scenario came true - 14 of their 16 games will be at noon Minnesota time on Sundays, with their only prime time game being at Lambeau Field.

The NFL released its 2014 schedule Wednesday and, from the looks of things, if you want to see the Vikings all you have to do is be awake by noon on Sundays, because 14 of their 16 games will be among the early games on Sunday afternoons. Only one, Sept. 28 hosting the Atlanta Falcons, is schedule for late afternoon, with an Oct. 2 (Thursday night) game slated for 7:25 p.m. at Lambeau Field.

The Vikings won't play a division game until Week 5 when the team travels to Green Bay for its Thursday night game. The first four games will be against non-division opponents – at St. Louis and New Orleans and at home against New England and Atlanta.

The schedule makers didn't feel there was a problem with playing at TCF Bank Stadium late in the season. From Nov. 23 to Dec. 28, four of the final six games will be played at the Bank, against Green Bay, Carolina, the New York Jets and Chicago.

The Vikings will have their bye week in Week 10 (the week of Nov. 9).

Here is the entire schedule (times listed are Central Time):

Sept. 7 – at St. Louis, noon

Sept. 14 – vs. New England, noon

Sept. 21 – at New Orleans, noon

Sept. 28 – vs. Atlanta, 3:25 p.m.

Oct. 2 – at Green Bay, 7:25 p.m.

Oct. 12 – vs. Detroit, noon

Oct. 19 – at Buffalo, noon

Oct. 26 – at Tampa Bay, noon

Nov. 2 – vs. Washington, noon

Nov. 9 – BYE WEEK

Nov. 16 – at Chicago, noon

Nov. 23 – vs. Green Bay, noon

Nov. 30 – vs. Carolina, noon

Dec. 7 – vs. New York Jets, noon

Dec. 14 – at Detroit, noon

Dec. 21 – at Miami, noon

Dec. 28 – vs. Chicago, noon

As expected, with the caveats that were written into the agreement between the Vikings and University of Minnesota officials that all but prohibited home games on Sunday, Monday or Thursday night, the NFL responded by giving the Vikings as vanilla a schedule as possible. Every team gets at least one prime time game and the Vikings got theirs against Green Bay at Lambeau Field.

Other than that required prime-time contest, every other game but one will be at noon local time on Sunday afternoons.

If Mike Zimmer is looking for structure and uniformity, one of the things that seems clear is that 14 games will be starting at the same time.

John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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