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12 Things to Know About Vikings 2017 Preseason Opponents

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —The Vikings and U.S. Bank Stadium will host a nationally televised preseason game for the second year in a row, the team and NFL announced Monday.

Minnesota is scheduled to host San Francisco at 7 p.m. on Aug. 27 in Week 3 of the 2017 preseason. NBC's *Sunday Night Football *will broadcast the game between the Vikings and 49ers.

Week 4 of the preseason also will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium, with the Vikings hosting the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Minnesota will open its preseason slate at Buffalo and stay on the road in Week 2 at Seattle. The exact time and date of those games will be announced later. The date ranges are Aug. 10-13 for Preseason Week 1 and Aug. 18-20 for Preseason Week 2. The regular-season schedule also will be released later.

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The Vikings and Bills last met in a preseason in 2013, a 20-16 win by Buffalo. Minnesota defeated the Seahawks in Seattle 18-11 in 2016.

Minnesota most recently played the 49ers in a preseason game in 2013 and lost 34-14 at San Francisco. The matchup between the Vikings and Dolphins is 16 years to the date since the teams last met in a preseason game, a 20-7 win by Minnesota in Miami in 2001.

Excluding preseason Week 3, all Vikings preseason games can be seen in the Twin Cities on KMSP Fox 9 TV.

KFAN 100.3-FM, KTLK 1130-AM and the Vikings Radio Network will broadcast audio of all Vikings preseason and regular-season games.

Here are 12 things to know (three per team) about the Vikings 2017 preseason opponents:

At Buffalo (7-9 in 2016), Preseason Week 1 (Aug. 10-13)

  1. 2016 Rankings

Offense: 354.1 yards/game (16th), 164.4 rushing yards/game (1st), 189.8 passing yards/game (30th), 24.9 points/game (tied for 10th)

Defense: 357.0 yards allowed/game (19th), 133.1 rushing yards allowed/game (29th), 223.9 passing yards allowed/game (6th), 23.3 points allowed/game (16th)

  1. New additions

This game will be the Bills first with Sean McDermott at the helm after six seasons as Panthers defensive coordinator. After leading the league in rushing yards per game, the Bills have brought in fullbacks Patrick DiMarco and Mike Tolbert. Buffalo also signed Green Bay defensive back Micah Hyde during free agency and added kicker Steven Hauschka.

  1. Familiar faces

Former Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier is in his first season as Bills defensive coordinator. Buffalo also has signed former Vikings Joe Banyard and Vladimir Ducasse in free agency.

At Seattle (10-5-1 in 2016), Preseason Week 2 (Aug. 18-20)

  1. 2016 Rankings

Offense: 357.2 yards/game (12th), 99.4 rushing yards/game (25th), 257.8 passing yards/game (10th), 22.1 points/game (tied for 18th)

Defense: 318.7 yards allowed/game (fifth), 92.9 rushing yards allowed/game (7th), 225.8 passing yards allowed/game (8th), 18.3 points allowed/game (3rd)

  1. Vikings connections

Head Coach Pete Carroll and Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell are former Vikings assistants. Heath Farwell, a former special teams ace for the Vikings and Seahawks, became a special teams assistant coach in Seattle last season, and kicker Blair Walsh headed west this February.

  1. New to the mix

The Seahawks struggled to fill Marshawn Lynch's shoes and opted to sign former Packer Eddie Lacy during free agency.

*Vs. San Francisco (2-14 in 2016), Preseason Week 3 (7 p.m., Aug. 27) *

  1. 2016 Rankings

Offense: 308.1 yards/game (31st), 126.2 rushing yards/game (4th), 181.9 passing yards/game (32nd), 19.3 points/game (27th)

Defense: 406.4 yards allowed/game (32nd), 165.9 rushing yards allowed/game (32nd), 240.5 passing yards allowed/game (14th), 30.0 points allowed/game (32nd)

  1. Overhaul

Former Falcons/Browns/Redskins/Texans (in reverse order) Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who was born in Minneapolis, was hand-picked to overhaul an offense that struggled mightily. The 49ers ran the ball well, but were one of just four teams to average fewer than 200 passing yards per game. Shanahan's Falcons ranked third in the category in 2016, averaging 295.3 per game.

  1. Exchange rate

The 49ers used free agency frequently this offseason to adjust their roster, bringing in quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, as well as receivers Pierre Garçon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson, as well as linebacker Malcolm Smith and fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Veterans Antoine Bethea, Torrey Smith and Phil Dawson are the most notable departures who have signed elsewhere. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned.

Vs. Miami (10-6 in 2016), Preseason Week 4 (Time TBA, Aug. 31)

  1. 2016 Rankings

Offense: 332.8 yards/game (24th), 114.0 rushing yards/game (9th), 218.8 passing yards/game (26th), 22.7 points/game (17th)

Defense: 382.6 yards allowed/game (29th), 140.4 rushing yards allowed/game (30th), 242.2 passing yards allowed/game (15th), 23.8 points allowed/game (18th)

  1. Keep climbing?

After working as offensive coordinator for the Bears (2015) and Broncos (2013-14), Adam Gase led Miami in his first season as a head coach to four more wins than in the previous season. The 39-year-old will try to keep raising the bar in chase of their division mate and defending champ Patriots.

  1. Catch and keep

The Dolphins re-signed a couple of key catches, receiver Kenny Stills and safety Reshad Jones, as well as defensive end Andre Branch and guard Jermon Bushrod. They also brought in veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons, who played 10 seasons in Pittsburgh, and signed tight ends Anthony Fasano, who played for the Dolphins from 2008-12, and Julius Thomas.

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