2004 Schedule Released

The NFL released its 2004 regular season schedule today and Vikings fans around the country are going to get plenty of chances to see the Vikes on national TV.

The 2004 regular season schedule was released this afternoon with the Vikings back in the league's good graces for nationally televised games.

The last time the Vikings were on Monday Night Football was Mike Tice's first game -- a Monday night game Jan. 7, 2002, which was rescheduled due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In the two years since, the Vikings have been off MNF, having broken a 20-year consecutive streak.

They're back in a big way this year, with two games scheduled for Mondays -- Sept. 20 at Philadelphia and Nov. 8 at Indianapolis. In addition, the team has one Sunday night game -- Oct. 17 at New Orleans, two nationally televised late Sunday games -- Sept. 12 vs. Dallas and Nov. 14 at Green Bay -- and a strangely scheduled rematch with the Packers at 2 p.m. Friday Christmas Eve.

Here is the complete schedule (all times are Central Time):
Sept. 12 -- DALLAS, 3:15 p.m.
Sept. 20 -- at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
Sept. 26 -- CHICAGO, noon
Oct. 3 -- BYE WEEK
Oct. 10 -- at Houston, noon
Oct. 17 -- at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 24 -- TENNESSEE, noon
Oct. 31 -- NEW YORK GIANTS, noon
Nov. 8 -- at Indianapolis, 8 p.m.
Nov. 14 -- at Green Bay, 3:15 p.m.
Nov. 21 -- DETROIT, noon
Nov. 28 -- JACKSONVILLE, noon
Dec. 5 -- at Chicago, noon
Dec. 12 -- SEATTLE, noon
Dec. 19 -- at Detroit, noon
Dec. 24 -- GREEN BAY, 2 p.m.
Jan. 2 -- at Washington, noon

VU will have reaction and analysis of the good and bad points of how the Vikings schedule lays out in tomorrow's update.

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