Texans top Vikings 27-13 in preseason opener

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

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

"I thought I was going to be nervous, but I really wasn't nervous," said Patterson. "It was just like Tennessee and my first game there."

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.

"I was hoping to catch one ball, to get the feeling of it and get used to being out here and I accomplished it," Patterson said. "I had more than one catch, so it felt good being out here."

Christian Ponder connected with Jerome Simpson for 15 yards right after that Patterson's kick return, 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.

Matt Cassel also had an interception in the first half.

"The positive is that we were able to get started with the 2013 preseason," said Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. "I thought I guys came out early with some energy. The turnovers were not part of the plan and something we will have to take a look at."

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


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