The Minnesota Vikings are set to open training camp one week from today down in Mankato. Many off-season changes give me reason to be curious. New head coach Mike Zimmer, new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater are some of the biggest additions.

I get excited about the upcoming Vikings season this time of year anyway, but the above mentioned changes -- along with what should be a much improved defense -- have me full of anticipation.

Here are some key dates:

  • July 24:  Training Camp officially opens.
  • Aug. 8:  Preseason game #1 vs. Raiders.
  • Aug 15:  Preseason game #2 vs. Cardinals.
  • Aug. 23:  Preseason game #3 at Kansas City.
  • Aug. 28:  Preseason game #4 at Tennessee.
  • Sep. 7:  Regular season opener at St. Louis.
  • Sep 14:  Regular season home opener vs. Patriots.
  • Feb 1:  Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix. (Just thought I'd mention it.)