The Vikings begin the preseason schedule at San Francisco tonight at 8pm (Central Time).  The game will be televised on the CW network.  The Vikings are expected to play their starters the first quarter including quarterback Christian Ponder.  Toby Gerhart will start at running back with Adrian Peterson staying in Minnesota recovering from left knee surgery.

Joe Webb is expected to be the second quarterback used and McLeod Bethel-Thompson could be the 3rd quarterback instead of Sage Rosenfels.  Rosenfels may not see playing time tonight.  The Vikings will host Buffalo and San Diego at home in preseason games.