The Broncos and Vikings played five times in the preseason during a six-year span from 1982-87 and also squared off for three consecutive years from 1967-69 when Denver (AFL) and Minnesota (NFL) played in different leagues. The preseason gives us a first look at teams in full game action, but more importantly, is an audition for players on the bubble, as rosters get trimmed down from 90 to 53 players. In the preseason home opener, the Titans should play their starters more than they did in Green Bay, and it will be Vrabel's first home contest.
The Vikings will host the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks in Weeks 2 and 3 before wrapping the exhibition campaign in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4.
The date and time for the first two games is yet to be determined. Baltimore owns a 1-0 preseason series edge over the Colts. Typically, teams try to stay close to home during the preseason, but the Rams will fly all the way from Los Angeles to Baltimore for a preseason game.
The preseason home opener will be during the weekend of August 9-13, against Chicago.
Among the notable preseason games to keep an eye on is a Super Bowl LII rematch between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Week 2. How much will the team reveal in Week One of the preseason? The Packers will not play any of their preseason opponents during the regular season. And the Patriots game on August 30 MetLife Stadium, could give new Giants left tackle Nate Solder a chance to face his former team.
The Panthers played the same four teams in the 2015 preseason, a year in which Carolina went 3-1 in the preseason and 15-1 in the regular season before winning the NFC Championship.