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Vikings will open season at Detroit, play three prime-time games in 2013

Vikings will open season at Detroit, play three prime-time games in 2013

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Vikings will dive right into NFC North play to open the 2013 season.

The NFL, which released its regular-season schedule on Thursday evening, has the Vikings playing two consecutive divisional road games to open the season for the third time in team history and the first time since 1992.

The Vikings also are scheduled to make three prime-time appearances this coming season.

The Vikings will open at Detroit on Sept. 8, then travel to Chicago the following week before playing their home opener on Sept. 22 against the Cleveland Browns.

Coach Leslie Frazier's team, coming off a 10-6 season and a first-round playoff loss at Green Bay, will play a "home" game on Sept. 29 against Pittsburgh at Wembley Stadium in London before having its bye. The NFL had previously announced the Vikings-Steelers matchup.

The Vikings will have a pair of prime-time games in the middle of the season, playing the Giants in New Jersey in Week 7 on Monday Night Football and then playing host to the Green Bay Packers in Week 8 on Sunday night.

The Vikings' third prime-time game will be on Thursday, Nov. 7 against Washington at the Metrodome. The NFL Network will carry that game.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin, who was traded by the Vikings to the Seahawks this offseason, will face his former teammates on Nov. 17 in Seattle in a game that is sure to get plenty of attention. Harvin played his final game as a Viking last Nov. 4 in Seattle. In that loss, Harvin yelled at Frazier on the sideline and later suffered an ankle injury that ended his season.

The Vikings-Seahawks game also will be played in the first week of the NFL's flexible scheduling plan that enables games to be moved to Sunday nights on NBC. The following week, the Vikings are scheduled to face the Packers at Lambeau Field in what for now is a noon kickoff.

The Vikings will close the season just as they opened it, facing the Lions on Dec. 29 in the last game that will be played at the Metrodome. The Vikings will spend two seasons playing at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus as a new stadium is built on the site of the Metrodome.

Here's a look at the Vikings' entire 2013 schedule:

Sept. 8 at Detroit, noon, Fox

Sept. 15 at Chicago, noon, Fox

Sept. 22 vs. Cleveland, noon, CBS

Sept. 29 vs. Pittsburgh, noon, CBS (Game will be played in London)

Oct. 6 Bye

Oct. 13 vs. Carolina, noon, Fox

Oct. 21 at New York Giants, 7:40 p.m., ESPN

Oct. 27 vs. Green Bay, 7:30 p.m., NBC

Nov. 3 at Dallas, noon, Fox

Nov. 7 vs. Washington, 7:25 p.m., NFL Network

Nov. 17 at Seattle, 3:25 p.m., Fox

Nov. 24 at Green Bay, noon, Fox

Dec. 1 vs. Chicago, noon, Fox

Dec. 8 at Baltimore, noon, Fox

Dec. 15 vs. Philadelphia, noon, Fox

Dec. 22 at Cincinnati, noon, Fox

Dec. 29 vs. Detroit, noon, Fox 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Leslie Frazier, Percy Harvin
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