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August 9, 2013

Vikings fall to Houston 27-13

Houston defeat Minnesota 27-13 in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS — DeAndre Hopkins and Cordarrelle Patterson both showed off their first-round talent.

Hopkins caught a 34-yard touchdown pass for the Houston Texans in a 27-13 preseason victory on Friday over Minnesota.

The Vikings also showcased their rookie wide receiver, too, during a flashy first half by Patterson.

Hopkins, the 27th overall pick in the draft, had four receptions for 52 yards. Patterson, taken two slots later, caught four passes for 54 yards and returned the opening kickoff 50 yards.

Christian Ponder connected with Jerome Simpson for 15 yards right after that, but when he went back to Simpson on the next play the throw was a bit high and bounced off Simpson's hands and into Shiloh Keo's for an interception.

Ponder, entering a critical third season for his future as Minnesota's quarterback, only took those two snaps.

Matt Cassel came in next and finished 12 for 19 for 212 yards. He was picked off by Eddie Pleasant when he tried to throw across his body while rolling to his right. Cassel later found fullback Zach Line for a 61-yard catch and run for a score.

Houston was more efficient. Matt Schaub went 5 for 5 for 34 yards to set up a field goal on his only series. T.J. Yates was 13 for 21 for 151 yards and the scoring pass to Hopkins against the second string defense for the Vikings.

Then when the third teamers took over after halftime, Case Keenum completed 13 of 18 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. Ray Graham ran for a score, too.

The Vikings saw some highlights from another one of their three first-round picks, too, with a tackle for a loss and a pass batted down at the line by defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.

Floyd gave them a scare when he stayed down with an injury to his left knee, but he was able to walk off on his own.

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