Vikings schedule 2018: Minnesota’s division title defense won’t be easy

The Vikings’ 2018 schedule begins where last season’s ended, as Minnesota is slated to travel to Philadelphia for the season-opener and a rematch of last year’s NFC title game. It’s just one of several intriguing games on the Vikings’ regular-season schedule.

Bottom line: There isn’t much reason to expect a big drop-off this season for the Vikings, so the focus turns to their opponents. If teams like the Bears, Lions, Rams and 49ers take the steps of improvement many expect them to take, the strength of Minnesota’s schedule will increase significantly. Some of those non-divisional NFC games on the schedule will have the Vikings thinking about the playoffs, but their first priority should be defending their NFC North title. Record prediction: 9-7

Foster has not participated in the team’s offseason program since being charged with domestic violence in April.

Stevens said he didn’t want his team to linger too much on what went wrong but to be aware of where improvements need to be made.

“I think, as coaches, you probably watch it over and over and over and over, and then you try to just trim it to what’s necessary,” Stevens said. “This team is, again, prideful, competitive. They’ve been resilient. Nobody felt good leaving the gym last night. Nobody felt good when they woke up this morning.

“And so I think that we have to look at what we can do better. There is a physical component to that, and we have to be honest and watch the film and see the things that we got outworked on and see the things that we can just execute better on both ends.”
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