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Vikings get Monday night opener at home vs. Saints

21 Avril 2017

The Vikings last opened the season on Monday Night Football in 2015, and it didn't go well.

The NFL schedule released Thursday put the Vikings in Minnesota for the September 11 opener for only the second time in 10 years.

The Saints look to avoid a third consecutive 0-3 start to the regular season, but it won't be easy to kick off the 2017 campaign.

The Saints home opponents this year are the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The Athletic reported that Minnesota's game in London against Cleveland will be on October 29. I'm not into conspiracy theories, but if I'm the Saints, I'm questioning why they are playing on the road on a Thursday for the sixth time in seven years.

The Saints avoid the brutal winter month of December in notorious cold-weather venues by getting a road game to Green Bay on October 22 and Buffalo on November 12.

The Saints will play three straight NFC North opponents in weeks 6, 7 and 8.

Vikings get Monday night opener at home vs. Saints