Vikings 2024 NFL schedule includes visit from Kirk Cousins

The Vikings technically have nine home games on their 2024 schedule, but the fact that one of those games is in London, coupled with two trips to the West Coast, means they will spend a lot of time away from home.

The schedule for their 64th season gets off to a daunting start, with three straight games against 2023 playoff teams in Weeks 2-4 before a matchup against Aaron Rodgers and the Jets in London. Then, after the bye week, the Vikings will face two other playoff teams from a year ago. They’ll play three straight road games in November, before four home games in December that feature the highest-profile matchups on the schedule.

Here’s a game-by-game look at the Vikings 2024 schedule (all times central):

Week 1: at the Giants

September 8, noon, FOX

The Vikings last saw the Giants in the wild-card round of the 2022 season, when New York ended the Vikings’ season with a 31-24 victory at US Bank Stadium. Both teams fell out of the playoffs in 2023, and the Vikings will face a Giants team that is still trying to build its offense around quarterback Daniel Jones, who went 1-5 in six games before tearing up his ACL last season.

Week 2: against the 49ers

September 15, noon, CBS

San Francisco’s Monday night trip to Minneapolis last October proved to be the last great moment of Kirk Cousins’ career as Vikings QB, when he threw for 378 yards in a upset victory against the 49ers before tearing his Achilles tendon the following Sunday at Lambeau Field. . The 49ers will be the Vikings’ home opener opponent this year. After Cousins ​​left for Atlanta, the Vikings signed Sam Darnold, who could start against his most recent employer. Kevin O’Connell praised the tutelage Darnold received in San Francisco last season.

Week 3: vs. the Texans

September 22, noon, CBS

If there’s a model for winning with a rookie quarterback, it might be the one Houston exhibited last season, when CJ Stroud threw 23 touchdowns against five interceptions while leading the Texans to a 10-7 record after being drafted second overall. The Vikings will see Stroud for the first time in a game that will feature plenty of reunions: The Vikings signed Jonathan Greenard and Blake Cashman away from the Texans, while Houston gave Danielle Hunter a two-year deal in free agency.

Week 4: at Packers

September 29, noon, CBS

The Vikings make another first-half trip to Lambeau Field, following last year’s Oct. 29 game at Green Bay. This time, they’ll face a Packers team returning from a trip to the NFC divisional playoffs and meet Jordan Love a week before traveling overseas to face his predecessor. The trip, the shortest on the Vikings’ schedule, should allow the team to get around more easily before departing for London later in the week.

Week 5: against the Jets in London

October 6, 8:30 a.m., NFL Network

Aaron Rodgers is set to face the Vikings for the 30th time in his 20 NFL seasons – more than he has faced any team in his career. Last year was the first time since the Vikings moved to US Bank Stadium that Rodgers didn’t play there…and the fact that the NFL moved that game to London means Vikings fans have may have missed their last chance to see him in Minneapolis. . Instead, the Vikings will try to keep their unbeaten record intact at UK, facing an AFC team for the third time in four trips there.

Week 6: Goodbye

Week 7: against the Lions

October 20, noon, FOX

The Lions won their first division title since 1993 at US Bank Stadium on Christmas Eve, in the game where Kerby Joseph’s hit on TJ Hockenson tore two ligaments in his right knee. Detroit’s run to the NFC Championship Game means the Lions will be a trendy Super Bowl pick this season; the Vikings will try to avoid losing back-to-back home games against the Lions for the first time since 2016-17.

Week 8: at the Rams on “Thursday Night Football”

October 24, 7:15 p.m., Amazon Prime Video

In 2018, the Vikings visited the LA Memorial Coliseum on Thursday night, where Jared Goff posted a perfect passer rating against Mike Zimmer’s defense. This year, the Vikings visit SoFi Stadium for the second time, their first against the Rams following a 2021 victory over the Chargers in Los Angeles. The game marks Kevin O’Connell’s first matchup against Sean McVay, his mentor and former boss whose team returned to the playoffs last season for the first time since McVay and O’Connell won a Super Bowl together in 2021.

Week 9: vs. the Colts

November 3, noon, CBS

The last time the Colts came to US Bank Stadium, the Vikings made history with the greatest comeback in NFL history. The Vikings beat Colts quarterback Matt Ryan in this game; this one could mark their first game against Anthony Richardson, the second-year quarterback they liked in the 2023 draft before Indianapolis took him fourth overall.

Week 10: at Jaguars

November 10, noon, FOX

The Vikings last played in Jacksonville in 2016, when Mike Zimmer returned to the bench 10 days after emergency eye surgery caused him to miss a home loss to Dallas. Doug Pederson, who beat the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game with the Eagles following the 2017 season, is in his third season as Jacksonville’s head coach, trying to rebound from a season where the Jaguars lost five of their last six games and missed the playoffs.

Week 11: at Titans

November 17, noon, CBS

The Titans will also host the Vikings for the first time since 2016, when Shaun Hill started the regular season opener while Sam Bradford was still learning the offense after Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury prompted a deal for the former Eagles quarterback. The Titans will have a different look this time, with former Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan having replaced Mike Vrabel as head coach, and the Vikings will take on Will Levis, a quarterback they passed up in the 2023 draft .

Week 12: at Bears

November 24, noon, FOX

The Vikings’ first game against No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams will be in Week 12, when they travel to Soldier Field the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The game marks the end of a three-week stretch on the road and ends a two-month stretch in which the Vikings played only twice at US Bank Stadium.

Week 13: vs. Cardinals

December 1, noon, FOX

The Vikings hosted the Cardinals in 2022 and for a preseason game in 2023. They begin a three-game home streak against Arizona, with wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. quarterback Kyler Murray’s new target after the Cardinals made Harrison first. non-quarterback selected in this year’s draft.

Week 14: vs. the Falcons

December 8, noon, FOX

Get your popcorn ready for this one: Kirk Cousins ​​is coming to US Bank Stadium for the first time as an opponent for the Vikings since leaving the team in March, and he’ll do it with the First-round pick Michael Penix Jr. right behind him on the depth chart. If Cousins ​​has struggled or suffered injuries at this point in the season, it could be Penix facing the Vikings instead. Cousins, however, appears to have plenty of motivation to play well for his new team against his old one.

Week 15: Against the Bears on “Monday Night Football”

December 16, 7 p.m., ABC

It seems like the Vikings and Bears play a Monday night game almost every year. This time, they will face Williams in his first trip to Minneapolis. If JJ McCarthy starts for the Vikings at this point, this could be the first matchup between the top two draft picks.

Week 16: at Seahawks

December 22, 3:05 p.m., FOX

The rotation of the NFC schedule means the Vikings return to Lumen Field, where they lost three times between 2018 and 2020 before beating the Seahawks at home in 2021. This will be Kevin O’Connell’s first trip to Seattle for a regular season game, although the Vikings started the 2023 preseason there. New Seahawks head coach Mike Macdonald was Michigan’s defensive coordinator in 2021, during McCarthy’s first season at the school .

Week 17: vs. the Packers

December 29, noon, FOX

Last season, the Packers beat the Vikings 33-10 at U.S. Bank Stadium on New Year’s Eve, propelling Green Bay into playoff position and reducing the Vikings’ playoff chances to a slim hope. Green Bay’s trip to Minneapolis in 2024 comes at the same time in the season as last year’s game: The Vikings will once again close their schedule at home against their division rivals.

Week 18: at the Lions

January 4 or 5, to be determined

The Vikings will finish the season in Detroit for the second straight season and on the road for the third straight year. This will be the final regular season game of McCarthy’s rookie year, close to where he led Michigan to a national championship last year. We’ll see if he starts the regular season finale for the Vikings.