How Bad Are the Minnesota Vikings in Prime Time?
Head coach Mike Zimmer said after the loss to the San Francisco 49ers that his team "was not ready for prime time yet." He might have a point.
If there is one thing that hasn't been on the Vikings schedule over the last couple of years it's been prime time games. They have received a Thursday night game each year since the inception of a full Thursday night schedule, but it's been uncommon for an appearance on Monday or Sunday night football.
There are a couple of different factors that keep the Vikings off the two main games of the weekend. One being that the franchise hasn't been that great since the Favre season in 2009. Also factor in being in a smaller market (sorry, they won't pick Minnesota over Dallas), and their lack of success in that spot, it's very easy to see why they aren't selected.
But just how bad have the Vikings been in prime time spots? Let's go through the history.
Sunday Night Football (NBC)
- 2-8 in 10 appearances since Sunday Night Football moved to NBC in 2006.
- Two wins vs. Chicago (2008) and Philadelphia (2010)
- Have lost last 3 in a row.
- Sunday Night Football on ESPN = 14-8 (1987-2005)
- Overall = 16-16
- NO scheduled Sunday Night Football Game in 2015
Monday Night Football (ESPN)
- Vikings are 26-30 all time on Monday Night Football (including loss to San Francisco)
- Have lost last 6 in a row
- Last win on Monday Night Football = Green Bay (Week 4, 2009)
- No other Monday Night Football games scheduled for 2015
Thursday Night Football (NFL Network)
- Vikings are 1-3 on Thursday Night Football on NFL Network.
- Lone win was against Washington in 2013
- Losses to Green Bay (2007, 2014) Tampa Bay (2012)
- One game to be played in 2015 against Arizona.