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Rapid Reaction: Breaking down the Vikings’ 2017 schedule

April 20th, 2017 at 6:42 PM
By Sports Media 101

The Minnesota Vikings’ regular season schedule has finally been released, and now it’s time to look ahead at the 2017 season.

The Vikings won’t be privy to a warm weather game this season, however there will be indoor games abound with eight at U.S. Bank Stadium, one at Ford Field and one at the newly-christened Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Intriguing games litter the schedule throughout the season, with a date on Monday Night Football to open the year against the New Orleans Saints. Games against the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers and the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons are highlights on the schedule, with a trip to London to take on the Cleveland Browns also adding to the intrigue.

First Quarter Prediction: 3-1

An opening game agains the Saints could prove troublesome for the Vikings, as the Drew Brees and company will offer a stern test for the defense right out of the gates. How the Saints offense operates without Brandin Cooks will be something to keep an eye on.

The Saints defense was improved in 2016, however the balance of power favors the Vikings, and with the game on primetime and at home, the Vikings should have enough to eek out a victory.

Arguably the most difficult game of the season awaits in Week 2, with a trip to Pittsburgh on the cards to take on the Steelers.

One of the best teams in the NFL, the Steelers will be expected to challenge for a Super Bowl in 2017, and with the game on the road, it’s …

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Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Brandin Cooks, Drew Brees, Football, Julio Jones, Kirk Cousins, Matthew Stafford, Mike Glennon, Minnesota Vikings, NFL

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