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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 6:09:00 PM

Vikings' full schedule announced

The Vikings' full regular-season schedule was released by the NFL on Tuesday, highlighted by four prime-time games.

The Vikings will open at the New Orleans Saints in the first game of the regular season, Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Central. That game will be televised on NBC.

After hosting the Dolphins and Lions, the Vikings will have a bye after only three weeks of play, but they return for a Monday night game at the New York Jets (think Brett Favre and LaDainian Tomlinson will the storylines?) at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11.

After hosting the Cowboys, the Vikings have a Sunday night game at Lambeau Field against another ex-Favre team, the Packers, at 7:20 p.m. on NBC.

Following a 3:15 p.m. game at the New England Patriots on Oct. 31, the Vikings have six consecutive noon games – hosting the Cardinals, at the Bears, hosting the Packers, at the Redskins, hosting the Bills and hosting the Giants – before their final prime-time game of the regular season. That game against the Bears, a Monday nighter at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 on ESPN, will be the only prime-time game the Vikings host in the regular season.

They close the season with noon games at the Eagles on Dec. 26 and at the Lions on Jan. 2, 2011.

Here is the Vikings' complete schedule (prime-time games in bold; home games in CAPS):

Wk 1: Thurs, 9/21, at Saints, 7:30 p.m., NBC
Wk 2: Sun., 9/19, DOLPHINS, Noon, CBS
Wk 3: Sun, 9/26, LIONS, Noon, FOX
Wk 4: Bye
Wk 5: Mon., 10/11, at Jets, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Wk 6: Sun, 10/17, COWBOYS, 3:15 p.m., FOX
Wk 7: Sun., 10/24, at Packers, 7:20 p.m., NBC
Wk 8: Sun, 10/31, at Patriots, 3:15 p.m., FOX
Wk 9: Sun., 11/7, CARDINALS, Noon, FOX
Wk 10: Sun, 11/14, at Bears, Noon, FOX
Wk 11: Sun, 11/21, PACKERS, Noon, FOX
Wk 12: Sun., 11/28, at Redskins, Noon, FOX
Wk 13: Sun, 12/5, BILLS, Noon, CBS
Wk 14: Sun., 12/12, GIANTS, Noon, FOX
Wk 15: Mon., 12/20, BEARS, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Wk 16: Sun., 12/26, at Eagles, Noon, FOX
Wk 17: Sun., 1/2/11, at Lions, Noon, FOX

We'll have in-depth analysis on first thing tomorrow morning.


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The chat with #Vikings DE Brian Robison is now open on for your questions (draft, schedule, etc.):

Posted on Twitter at: 6:27:00 PM
So the #Vikings have the early bye, four prime-time games (two with Favre factor) and a six-game stretch of noon games.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 5:18:00 PM

Vikings' schedule one-fourth leaked

The Vikings' full regular-season schedule isn't expected to be available until 6 p.m. Central tonight, but we know one-fourth of the schedule already because of leaks to the media and one by the NFL commissioner himself.

The Vikings will open the season at the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, Sept. 9, in the NFL's opening game of Kickoff Weekend. Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that long-rumored game in a chat on Tuesday afternoon.

The Detroit News also posted the Lions' entire schedule and, according what that site has, the Vikings will travel to Detroit to close the season on Jan. 2 and also host the Lions on Sept. 26 for the third week of the season.

The Star-Ledger has also posted the New York Giants schedule, which includes the Giants traveling to Minneapolis for a noon game on Dec. 12.

That means we know the opening game, the closing game and two in between. Is it 6 p.m. Central yet?


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 3:25:00 PM

Childress addresses Jared Allen video

Vikings coach Brad Childress said he spoke to defensive end Jared Allen last night about video that posted in which Allen is apparently outside an Arizona nightclub and uses profane language. According to TMZ, another bar patron called Allen's fiancé a dirty name and Allen retaliated by saying he could break the patron's neck.

"I actually spoke to Jared about that last night. That's from way back in March, if I'm not mistaken," Childress said Tuesday. "I don't think he's happy with his language, but I don't think he was happy with what was said to his fiancé either."

Childress indicated that at this point the team isn't likely to step in with disciplinary action.

"No. Bloggers can get involved, but you guys can judge the plus or minus or put on there whether you think he was righteous or not," Childress said. "I think he's up about 76 or 80 percent right now. How's that in a Gallup poll, pretty good?"


Posted on Twitter at: 3:12:00 PM
Brad Childress talked to Brett Favre yesterday. Still no talk of his plans for the season, according to Childress. #vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 3:11:00 PM
Brad Childress said he has seen the Vikings' full schedule and confirmed a divisional game in Week 17 (didn't name team). #vikings

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Spielman said the draft is deep at CB, S and WR. The center crop might not be as deep as it has been in the past. #vikings

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 1:18:00 PM

Tarkenton checks in at 48

Former Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton checked in at No. 48 for the fan vote for the most valuable draft picks of all time on

The vote took part to celebrate the NFL's 75th draft and nearly 45 million votes were cast over a five-week period that ended April 18. The top 75 picks are being revealed before the draft, which starts Thursday.

The top 10 greatest draft picks then will be revealed during this year's draft.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 1:16:00 PM

Vikings will open season at New Orleans

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed in a chat on that the Vikings will open the 2010 season at New Orleans on Thursday, Sept. 9, for the 2010 Kickoff game on opening weekend.

"I know I will get in trouble from our scheduling makers for releasing this in advance, but the Saints will be hosting the Minnesota Vikings for our Kickoff game," Goodell wrote. "It should be a great celebration in a great city."


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 8:01:00 AM

Stringer's legacy lives on

Korey Stringer's name will be heard during Friday's second- and third-round coverage of the draft, according to the Associated Press.

Stringer was a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1995 and the mammoth right tackle became a staple in the starting lineup and a humorous presence in the locker room for years to come. Stringer died nine years ago from heat-related complications following a training camp practice in Mankato.

On Friday, the NFL will announce the creation of the Korey Stringer Institute at UConn's Neag School of Education.

"Doug Casa, professor of kinesiology at UConn and the lead researcher for the institute, says it also will offer its services to athletic trainers, team physicians, athletic directors, and others to create proper protocols, policies and emergency action plans to prevent sudden death in sport, especially as it relates to heat stroke," according to the Associated Press report.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 3:42:00 PM

Trades union supports new Vikings stadium

Not surprisingly, the president of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council has thrown his public support behind getting a new stadium bill passed for the Vikings this session, which ends in May.

Harry Melander, the council's president, submitted a letter to the Austin Daily Herald in support of a new stadium and cited the rough state of unemployment among his members as one reason to start building a stadium.

"In 2009, unemployment in the construction trades, those workers we represent and would work on a new Vikings stadium, was roughly 25 percent. This is three times greater than Minnesota's unemployment rate of 7.4 percent," Melander wrote. "There were almost 40,000 less construction workers employed last year than in 2005."

Beyond the effect those job losses have on the immediate families, Melander pointed to the impact that it has on the state budget, saying construction jobs created by building a new stadium would produce $10 million in state income taxes during the building phase and would keep those workers from drawing unemployment.

Melander also cites numbers produced by a stadium study last year: 7,500 construction jobs with $286 million in total wages and benefits for construction workers, along with 3,400 jobs related to the stadium once it opens.

Earlier this year, the hospitality industry threw its support behind a new stadium.


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