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By: Aj Mansour |

Minneapolis, MN - The NFL and the Minnesota Vikings have released the opponents and dates for the 2013 preseason schedule.

The preseason kicks off with a home game at Mall of America Field and a matchup against the high powered Houston Texans. Week two moves the Purple out East to face the Buffalo Bills and then the all-important third preseason game will take place on the road against the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers (this game will be nationally televised as part of NBC's Sunday Night Football). The preseason wraps up for the Vikings at home against Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans.

Minnesota Vikings preseason games are listed below:

Preseason Week 1 (Aug. 8 - 10) | vs. Houston Texans
Preseason Week 2 (Aug. 15 - 17) | at Buffalo Bills
Preseason Week 3 (Sunday, August 25) | at San Francisco 49ers - 7 PM CT on KARE 11 / NBC
Preseason Week 4 (Aug. 29 - 30) | vs. Tennessee

Dates and times for all games will be announced when finalized.