On Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings announced their preseason schedule, minus the exact dates and times.

In week one (August 8-10th) the Vikings will open the preseason by hosting the Houston Texans.

In week two (August 15-17) the Vikings will travel to Buffalo and then will travel all the way to the west coast to face the NFC Champion Forty-Niners on August 25th, which we do know will be broadcast nationally on NBC at 7:00 p.m. Central Time.  Normally a coast-to-coast trip like this would be viewed as a disservice from the schedule makers, but in this case it may serve as welcomed preparation for the regular season trip to London to face the Steelers.

The Vikings will then close out the preseason, getting one last look at their roster prior to final cuts, by hosting the Tennessee Titans.

Other than the travel, and perhaps an extended look at former Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in Buffalo, there aren’t really any obvious storylines that jump out at you with this preseason schedule.