While specific dates and times are not yet available, and while none of the games are expected to be televised nationally, it is still worth noting the NFL has announced who the Vikings will play in the upcoming preseason.

The schedule is as follows:

WEEK ONE:  At San Francisco 49ers

WEEK TWO:  Hosting Buffalo Bills

WEEK THREE:  Hosting San Diego Chargers

WEEK FOUR:  At Houston Texans

At this point, there are not any particular storylines that jump to mind as an extra incentive to watch these games.  Interest will mainly center on the progression of quarterback Christian Ponder, a few position battles, and monitoring the performances of the 2012 rookie class.