The Minnesota Vikings played their first preseason game of the season last Friday, losing to the Houston Texans, 27-13. While the score and outcome are rather meaningless, there are still important takeaways to review following the game.
Fans were unable to watch some of their favorite stars in the game, as veterans Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen both sat for the entire game. Newly acquired Greg Jennings also saw no action on the field.
The night belonged more to Minnesota's rookies and players contending for spots on the team's 53-man roster. The preseason opener and remaining three exhibition contests are opportunities for fringe players to stand out from their peers.
The shining example last year was linebacker Audie Cole. The seventh-round draft pick returned consecutive preseason interceptions for touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills to help land a final roster spot.
Let's take a look at some of the key takeaways from the Vikings' first preseason game of 2013.