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A Monday night game in Week 2?

April 13th, 2009 – 11:16 AM by Judd Zulgad

The Vikings have not opened the NFL regular season with back-to-back road games since 1997. But the team could find itself on the road for the first two games of 2009.

That assumption can be made by looking at the Twins’ schedule for September. The Twins have afternoon home games on Sunday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 20, meaning that for Weeks 1 and 2 of the NFL season the Vikings aren’t going to be playing in the Metrodome.

There is little doubt that team officials are hoping that they will play their home opener on a Monday night in Week 2 on ESPN. We’ll find out at 6 p.m. Tuesday when the schedule is announced on both The NFL Network and NFL.com.

By the way, in the 11 seasons since 1997, the Vikings have opened with back-to-back home games once (2000). This, of course, will be the last time the Vikings have to worry about the Twins home schedule. Starting next season, the baseball team will move to Target Field and the Vikings will remain in the Metrodome — for the time being.

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