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The season is only 144 days away!"Nothing like a good schedul

e reveal to spice things up around the NFL. After a wildly disappointing campaign Adrian Peterson Jersey , the 2019 season canít come soon enough for the Vikings. Now that we know who the Vikings will be playing and when, letís take a look at what theyíll have to deal with in 2019. Iím not going to do a record prediction, because the season is far away and lots of stuff will happen before then. Feel free to give your own in the comments if you want. (A link to the full schedule, as well as some initial thoughts from Eric and Chris, can be found here)September: Atlanta Falcons (home), Green Bay Packers (away), Oakland Raiders (home), Chicago Bears (away)The opener will definitely be an interesting one. Iím not quite sure what to expect from the Falcons in 2019 after a slew of inconsistent years for them. Itís going to be the type of game the Vikings need to win, especially with a trip to Green Bay just a week later. The only thing I can think of when I see that game on the schedule is last yearís game at Green Bay, also known as the Daniel Carlson game. If the Vikings donít beat the Falcons, there will be a lot of pressure to get a win at Green Bay and avoid an 0-2 start.Speaking of Carlson, how about his return as a Week 3 storyline? The guy turned his rookie season around after getting cut by Minnesota, and heíll likely return as Oaklandís kicker in this one. The Raiders have three first-round draft picks http://www.thevikingslockerroom.com/aut … ins-jersey , so weíll have a better picture of how theyíre shaping up after the draft. But no matter what Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock do, the Vikings should not lose to the Raiders at home.Iím excited for the Bears game, mostly because Iíll probably be there and I want revenge on the Bears fans who did not have nice things to say to me during last seasonís game. Chicago is due for a regression, and it would be sweet to deal them a loss so early in the season. This could actually end up being a very important stretch for Minnesota, with two NFC North road games in the first four weeks. If the Vikings come out of September with wins over the Bears and Packers on the road, theyíll be in the driving seat in the division for quite some time. October: New York Giants (away), Philadelphia Eagles (home), Detroit Lions (away), Washington Redskins (home, Thurs.)Hello, NFC East. The Giants are probably going to be awful, so that should be an easy win, even on the road. I like that Vikings fans will finally have the chance to welcome Eagles fans to U.S. Bank Stadium after two straight games in Philly Womens Anthony Barr Jersey , and this should be a good game. We really donít know what Carson Wentz is gonna do in 2019, but thatíll have a huge impact on this one. I donít think the Lions are going to take much of a step, so thatís another very winnable road game in the division. How about the storylines around the Thursday Night Football game? Case Keenum is set to make his return to U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time since the Minneapolis Miracle (yes I know the Broncos played there in the preseason last year, no that doesnít count) and should get quite an ovation. Adrian Peterson will join him in the backfield. And on the other side, Kirk Cousins will get his first crack at his old team, and given the relationship they had, he should be pretty fired up for this one. November: Kansas City Chiefs (away), Dallas Cowboys (away), Denver Broncos (home), BYEThe month starts with the most difficult two-game stretch of the season. Kansas City was a dumb penalty away from going to the Super Bowl a season ago, and theyíre returning pretty much their entire core. Obviously there will be questions about how Patrick Mahomes will follow up his MVP season, but the Chiefs are a legit Super Bowl contender from the get-go. Iím skeptical about the Cowboys because you never really know what youíre gonna get, but a full season of Dak Prescott-Amari Cooper chemistry could vault Dallas into the NFC elite. Iím not scared of Joe Flacco Eric Kendricks Jersey , and at home against the Broncos should be a win. Given that October looks relatively easy for the Vikings, I donít think this will be a make-or-break stretch. But if Minnesota stumbles out of the gate, this could leave them in serious trouble going into the final month of the season. I like the late bye, and the Vikings play on a Monday Night out of it, so theyíll get a nice break before the stretch run. December: Seattle Seahawks (away, Mon.), Detroit Lions (home), Los Angeles Chargers (away), Green Bay Packers (home, Mon.), Chicago Bears (home). Woah. Playing at Seattle is never easy, and thatíll be a tough way to start the month. The Chargers were very scary last season and will probably be a playoff team again, so those two road games will be true tests. Finishing with two division games is never easy http://www.thevikingslockerroom.com/aut … ray-jersey , but the NFC North probably wonít be decided until this stretch (Green Bay and Chicago will also meet in Week 15). That Week 17 game against the Bears could be a great chance for the Vikings to exorcise their demons from a season ago, or it could be the end of another incredibly disappointing season. Who knows.One weird thing is the Vikings wonít play a division game from Oct. 20 to Dec. 8. and will play three NFC North road games before hosting each of their division rivals in December. A 3-0 or 2-1 start in the division would pay huge dividends in the regular seasonís final month. Whoís ready for football?Football Outsiders on the Vikings defense: Could they be even better? Weíre moving right along in our series of questions with Football Outsiders writer Scott Kacsmar in conjunction with the release of this yearís Football Outsiders 2018 Almanac. The first few days of questions focused on the Minnesota Vikingsí offense, and now weíre going to move on to the other side of the football.Last season, the Vikings fielded one of the best defenses in the National Football League, finishing #1 in the NFL in both points and yardage allowed. They bring back nearly all the starters, and added a lot more pieces in free agency (though it should be noted that these questions were sent to Scott before the Vikings added safety George Iloka earlier this week). So, what does he think of this yearís version of the Zim Reapers?On defense, the Vikings only lost one starter from 2017, and they replaced him with a former Defensive Rookie of the Year in Sheldon Richardson. Is there reason to believe that the Vikingsí defense wonít be every bit as stingy in 2018 as they were in 2017?If the Vikingsí defense does have a weak spot, or at the very least something thatís merely ďaverageĒ rather than outstanding, itís the lack of turnovers that Scott mentions in his answer. The Vikings, as a team, only had 19 turnovers in the regular season in 2017 Womens Trae Waynes Jersey , though thanks to the way their offense performed they still finished with a +5 in the giveaway/takeaway numbers. It would be helpful for the Vikings if they could generate a few more turnovers this year, certainly.However, this defense has talent on top of talent on top of talent. There are legitimate stars on all three levels, and not only that, but thereís incredibly solid depth at all of those positions as well. The one exception to that is the linebacker spot, but with the way the Vikings have managed their roster theyíre not going to play a lot of base 4-3, and can use their defensive backs in a manner that could mitigate a lot of the issues if something were to happen to either Eric Kendricks or Anthony Barr.Weíve got one final defensive question for Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders that we will be presenting you with tomorrow, so keep your eyes out for that. And, once again, for some of the NFLís best statistical analysis, be sure to grab yourself a copy of the Football Outsiders 2018 Almanac to peruse while youíre waiting for the regular season to start.

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