With training camp right around the corner, preparations are almost underway for the 2015 NFL season. The preseason officially begins Sunday, August 9 with the Hall of Fame Game. Soon after, each of the 32 NFL teams will begin their four-game schedules.
The Minnesota Vikings open camp July 26 at Minnesota State University and will participate in their fourth Hall of Fame Game and first since 1997. The Vikings will play five times in a three-and-a-half week stretch prior to the season opener Sept. 14 against the San Francisco 49ers.
With a strong young nucleus, the Vikings have high hopes of improving on their 7-9 record from last season and competing for a playoff spot.
Below is the preseason schedule. All times are Central.
Minnesota Vikings 2015 Preseason Schedule
Sunday, August 9 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Canton, Ohio, 7 p.m.)
With a new contract and all of his legal problems behind him, Adrian Peterson may make his 2015 debut in the Hall of Fame Game. Recent photos suggest he is in football shape and ready to add to his 10,190 career rushing yards. The Steelers are playing in their sixth Hall of Fame Game, the most all-time. The first Hall of Fame Game took place in 1962, when the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals played to a 21-21 tie.
Saturday, August 15 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7 p.m.)
No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers will pay a visit to TCF Bank Stadium in Week 1 of the preseason. The Vikings defeated the Buccaneers in dramatic fashion last season, with first round pick Anthony Barr scooping a fumble and returning it for a touchdown in a 19-13 overtime win.
Saturday, August 22 vs. Oakland Raiders (7 p.m.)
Week 2 of the preseason has the Vikings taking on the Oakland Raiders at home. The teams will meet during the regular season Week 10 at the O.co Coliseum. The Vikings went 4-0 in the preseason last year, including defeating Oakland 10-6 in Week 1.
Saturday, August 29 @ Dallas Cowboys (6 p.m.)
The high-powered offense of the Dallas Cowboys will give Minnesota’s defense a good test in Week 3. Both sets of starters should be on the field for at least a half, including Dallas quarterback Tony Romo. Running backs are usually preserved throughout the preseason, so Peterson and new Cowboys back Darren McFadden may not see the field.
Thursday, September 3 @ Tennessee Titans (7 p.m.)
This is the most important contest for backups looking to cement their place on the roster, meaning there probably won’t be any Marcus Mariota in this one. The No. 2 overall pick by the Titans was the last rookie to sign his contract, and will likely be rested in the preseason finale.
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