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Vikings open 2013 season at Detroit; play Giants, Packers, Redskins in primetime

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The Minnesota Vikings 2013 schedule was released by the NFL Thursday night.

Minnesota plays three games on prime-time television: Week 7 against the Giants on Monday Night Football; Week 8 against the Packers on Sunday Night Football; Week 10 against the Redskins on Thursday Night Football.

Week 1: at Detroit - Sunday, September 8, 12:00 p.m.
Week 2: at Chicago - Sunday, September 15, 12:00 p.m.
Week 3: vs Cleveland - Sunday, September 22, 12:00 p.m.
Week 4: vs Pittsburgh - Sunday, September 29, 12:00 p.m. (London)
Week 5: BYE
Week 6: vs Carolina - Sunday, October 13, 12:00 p.m.
Week 7: at NY Giants - Monday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.
Week 8: vs Green Bay - Sunday, October 27, 7:20 p.m.
Week 9: at Dallas - Sunday, November 3, 12:00 p.m.
Week 10: vs Washington - Thursday, November 7, 7:25 p.m.
Week 11: at Seattle - Sunday, November 17, 3:25 p.m.
Week 12: at Green Bay - Sunday, November 24, 12:00 p.m.
Week 13: vs Chicago - Sunday, December 1, 12:00 p.m.
Week 14: at Baltimore - Sunday, December 8, 12:00 p.m.
Week 15: vs Philadelphia - Sunday, December 15, 12:00 p.m.
Week 16: at Cincinnati - Sunday, December 22, 12:00 p.m.
Week 17: vs Detroit - Sunday, December 29, 12:00 p.m.

A.J. Mansour of has an outstanding week-by-week breakdown of the schedule.

The Star Tribune, in its week-by-week analysis, calls the schedule tough, especially from Week 7 to Week 14.

Kevin Seifert, who writes the NFC North Blog for ESPN, says Minnesota will have to work hard to avoid going into its Week 5 bye with a non-losing record.

Fox Sports North's Brian Hall looked at the lineup, and while he expects the Vikings to start and finish strong, he sees the Purple finishing at 8-8 this year.

Vikings radio play-by-play guy Paul Allen thinks the Vikings can go 11-5. He also predicts that Adrian Peterson will rush for 2,400 yards.

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