On Monday, the NFL announced the preseason schedule for all 32 teams.
The dates and times have not all been finalized, but these are the teams they will be playing:
Preseason Week 1: @Buffalo Bills (7-9 in 2016)
Date: August 10-13, Time TBD
The Bills have not made it to the playoffs since 1999. New head coach Sean McDermott is the team’s ninth head coach since that season.
Former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is the new defensive coordinator.
Preseason Week 2: @Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1 in 2016)
Date: August 18-20, Time TBD
Former Viking Blair Walsh was signed by the Seahawks this offseason. The Vikings released him after nine games last season. Walsh did not find a home the rest of the season.
After having a great rookie season in 2012, Walsh was average at best after that. He is now most known for missing a 27-yard field goal in the closing second against his current team in the first round of the playoffs. The Vikings stood by him until they finally had enough last season. Some players benefit from a fresh start. Maybe Walsh will be one of those players.
Seeing him kicking at U.S. Bank Stadium during the Super Bowl though would really make Vikings fans uncomfortable. Maybe the Seahawks won’t go that far, but they have shown the ability to get hot at the right time. Surprises also happen a lot in the NFL.
Preseason Week 3: San Francisco 49ers (2-14 in 2016)
Date: August 27, 7:00 PM (NBC)
First home preseason game will be nationally televised. Since firing Jim Harbaugh after four seasons, which included three straight trips to the NFC Championship games, the 49ers are now on their third head coach. They are 7-25 the past two seasons.
It will be very interesting to see how much improvement they can show under Kyle Shanahan and new general manager John Lynch.
Starters typically see the most action in the third game. Being a nationally televised game will make this game feel more like a regular season game. It will be a great opportunity for both the coaches and fans to get a nice look at the Vikings new additions on the roster.
Preseason Week 4: Miami Dolphins (10-6 in 2016)
Under first-year head coach Adam Gase, the Dolphins made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and only the second time since 2001. The post-Dan Marino era has not been kind to them, but this team could very well be back in the playoffs again this year.
The Vikings last beat the Dolphins during the regular season in 2002.
Starters typically do not play in the fourth game. Given all the injuries the Vikings had last season, if they can finish the preseason without any serious injuries, it will be huge for them.
Date: August 31, Time TBD
Free agency started last month and now the draft is almost two weeks away. The season will be here before we know it!