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Vikings draw demanding schedule in 2010

Brett Favre has yet to decide if he will return to Minnesota next season, but he will have plenty of incentive with prime-time games against his two former teams. AP File Photo

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Paging Mr. Favre, Mr. Brett Favre.

The NFL didn't do the Minnesota Vikings any favors when it released the schedule on Tuesday, perhaps making it even more imperative that Favre returns for a second season in purple.

Favre has yet to tell the Vikings if he will return for a 20th season, though many expect him to be back. He will have plenty of incentive to return with two prime time games against his two former teams. The Vikings will play at the New York Jets on Monday, Oct. 11 and at Green Bay on Sunday night, Oct. 24.

Those games are part of a brutal stretch of five straight against 2009 playoff teams that come after a Week 4 bye, which is much earlier than most NFL teams would like.

The Vikings open the regular season at New Orleans on Thursday, Sept. 9 in a rematch of the NFC title game.

"I can't imagine it being anymore charged than the last time we were down there," coach Brad Childress said. "That's always a great, hostile environment to play in."

It doesn't get much easier from there.

After the Week 4 bye, the Vikings hit the road to play the Jets, then home against the Cowboys, at Green Bay, at New England and home against Arizona.

2010 Minnesota Vikings Schedule

Sept. 9 at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 Miami, noon.

Sept. 26 Detroit, noon.

Oct. 3 BYE

Oct. 11 at N.Y. Jets, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 17 Dallas, 3:15 p.m.

Oct. 24 at Green Bay, 7:20 p.m.

Oct. 31 at New England, 3:15 p.m.

Nov. 7 Arizona, noon.

Nov. 14 at Chicago, noon.

Nov. 21 Green Bay, noon.

Nov. 28 at Washington, noon.

Dec. 5 Buffalo, noon.

Dec. 12 N.Y. Giants, noon.

Dec. 20 Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 26 at Philadelphia, noon.

Jan. 2 at Detroit, noon.