Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Vikings had flashes of brilliance in the team's preseason opener on Friday night at Mall of America Field, but the Houston Texans came away with the 27-13 win.
Christian Ponder started the game at quarterback but threw just two passes, completing one for 15 yards. Matt Cassel played a majority of the game, going 12-for-19 for 212 yards and a touchdown.
Adrian Peterson didn't play in the game, and the Vikings were led on the ground by Bradley Randle with 16 yards on three carries.
Stephen Burton was Minnesota's leading receiver, catching three passes for 67 yards, while Zach Line's only catch went for a 61-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Defensively, the Vikings didn't force a turnover and were led by the seven total tackles of Brandon Burton.