Minnesota Vikings' schedule released, increase TV exposure

The Minnesota Vikings will have several more games played on national television this year as the NFL on Thursday night released its regular-season schedule.

With a shiny new stadium and an NFC North division title to defend, the Minnesota Vikings are working their way into nationally televised games much more frequently in 2016.

The NFL released its 2016 regular-season schedule and the Vikings will be playing on Thanksgiving in Detroit, hosting the Cowboys on Thursday night the week after Thanksgiving, playing on Christmas Eve in Lambeau Field, opening U.S. Bank Stadium for the regular season on Sunday night of Week 2 by hosting the Packers, hosting the New York Giants on Monday Night Football on Oct. 3 and playing on Monday Night Football in Chicago on Oct. 31.

Last year, the Vikings were originally scheduled for only two prime-time games – the season opener on Monday Night Football at San Francisco and the required Thursday night game at Arizona on Dec. 10.

This year, they are tripling their nationally televised exposure – at least when it comes to the initial schedule – and could have some games in November and December moved to nationally televised games as part of the NFL’s late-season flexible scheduling.


Sun. Sept. 11 at Tennessee Titans Noon FOX
Sun. Sept. 18  Green Bay Packers 7:30 p.m. NBC
Sun. Sept. 25 at Carolina Panthers Noon FOX
Mon. Oct. 3 NY Giants 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Sun. Oct. 9 Houston Texans Noon CBS
Sun. Oct. 16 BYE FOX
Sun. Oct. 23 at Philadelphia Eagles Noon* FOX
Mon. Oct. 31 at Chicago Bears 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Sun. Nov. 6  Detroit Lions Noon* FOX
Sun. Nov. 13 at Washington Redskins Noon* FOX
Sun. Nov. 20  Arizona Cardinals Noon* FOX
Thurs. Nov. 24 at Detroit Lions 11:30 a.m. FOX
Thurs. Dec. 1  Dallas Cowboys 7:25 p.m. NBC/NFLN
Sun. Dec. 11 at Jacksonville Jaguars Noon* FOX
Sun. Dec. 18  Indianapolis Colts Noon* CBS
Sat. Dec. 24 at Green Bay Packers Noon* FOX
Sun. Jan. 1 Chicago Bears Noon* FOX

Home games in bold
* Subject to flexible schedule

The Vikings also released a final preseason schedule. Here is that:


Fri. Aug. 12 at Cincinnati Bengals 6:30 p.m. FOX 9
Thurs. Aug. 18 at Seattle Seahawks 9 p.m. FOX 9
Sun. Aug. 28 San Diego Chargers Noon FOX 9
Thurs. Sept. 1 Los Angeles Rams 7 p.m. FOX 9

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