The Vikings will have an interesting schedule of preseason opponents, as the Falcons and Seahawks look to get back into the playoffs, while the Cardinals and 49ers look to climb out from the ashes.
On Monday, the dates and times for the games were firmed up. Denny Green comes back to the Metrodome for his first game -- a 7 p.m. start on Saturday, Aug. 14. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, the Falcons make their home preseason opener under new head coach Jim Mora Jr. The following Friday (Aug. 27), the Vikes are back home vs. the 49ers with a 7 p.m. start time. The team will close out its preseason schedule with a 8 p.m. start time on Thursday, Sept. 2 at Seattle.
All of the times listed above are Central Daylight Time.
* The Vikes' off-season workout program got underway Monday, with about half of the veterans taking part. Included among them were big free agent signees Antoine Winfield and Marcus Robinson.
* The Vikings will have their first State Senate hearing on a new stadium funding proposal April 14.
* The Giants signed former Viking DE Lorenzo Bromell Monday, reuniting him with former teammate Fred Robbins.
* Speaking of Dennis Green, if you miss the flowery speeches and motivational talk that Green brought to the Vikings, you may want to check out the lead story on NFL.com, which interviews Green about his challenges in finding life in the desert outside of Area 51.