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Vikings could be seeing more late starts
Leslie Frazier (Brad Rempel/US Presswire)
Posted Oct 13, 2012
Success could breed a great desire for national audiences to see what the 2012 Vikings are all about. Late afternoon and even a prime-time addition or two could be part of their second-half schedule if the success continues.
For fans who prefer their Vikings games to happen at noon Central, they aren’t happy right now … and they may get more miffed in November and December.
When the schedule initially came out, the Vikings had 12 of their 16 games scheduled for noon starts local time. They had only one game slated for prime time (the Thursday night game vs. Tampa Bay Oct. 25) and three games scheduled for late afternoon starts (tomorrow vs. Washington, Nov. 4 at Seattle and Dec. 16 at St. Louis).
After the schedule was released, it was learned that last week’s game with Tennessee, originally scheduled for an early Sunday start, was going to conflict with the Twin Cities Marathon. In order to eliminate that conflict, the game was shifted to a 3:25 p.m. start time. As a result, four of five games in Oct. and the first week of November will be non-traditional starting times. But that may be just the beginning.
Starting in Week 11, the NFL’s flex schedule will kick in and games that would be of more playoff interest will be shifted into prime viewing times. Not only can league trade out the Sunday night game for a more attractive matchup, it can move early Sunday games into the late-afternoon time slots for national TV coverage.
When the 2012 season began, getting a Vikings game moved to allow a larger audience to watch them play wasn’t much of a consideration. With a 4-1 start and the chance of having several more wins in the bank by Thanksgiving, suddenly games against Chicago, Green Bay and Houston down the stretch (all scheduled for noon local start times) could have much greater potential to be shifted – either to late afternoon for the national doubleheader games or even into prime time.
With success comes messed-up schedules. A team like the Vikings was scheduled to have just one prime-time game, but only because the NFL has a policy of giving every team at least one chance to play in the solo spotlight of prime time with the new Thursday night weekly matchups. Not much was expected from them. That has changed and more changes may be coming when the NFL can change the schedule.
If fans are frustrated that they have to wait until 3:25 p.m. to see the Vikings play, get used to it. Thanks to their unexpected success, fans may have to get used to more starting times to accommodate a national audience with late start times.
will truly be a game-time decision. He hasn’t fully recovered from the back/leg injury that limited him last week. He is listed as questionable on the injury report and may be little better than 50/50 to play Sunday. It seems more likely he will play, but how much could still be the question even if he is active.
The only players other than Simpson that aren’t listed as probable to play Sunday are linebacker
(doubtful with a calf injury) and safety
(out with an ankle injury).
III is officially listed as questionable on the Redskins injury report, but practiced fully on Friday and appears all but a certainty to start.
Washington wide receiver
, who has been battling a foot injury since Week 1, is listed as questionable Sunday.
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