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.
VIKINGS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
|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. 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:
VIKINGS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
|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|