Vikings win preseason opener at Denver

Free-agent rookie running back Roc Thomas scored a pair of touchdowns as the Vikings defeated Denver 42-28 in a National Football League preseason opener for both teams Saturday night at Broncos Stadium Mile High in Denver, Colorado.

Starting quarterback Kirk Cousins was 4-for-4 and connected with wide receiver Stefon Diggs for a one-yard touchdown pass in his only series, on the opening drive.

“I thought he played pretty well. He was accurate and made some good throws,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said of Cousins’ performance.

Latavius Murray rushed four times for 43 yards for the Vikings, who play host to Jacksonville Jaguars at noon Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Jaguars fell to New Orleans 24-20 in their 2018 preseason opener Thursday night at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

Vikings Notebook
. Starting fullback C.J. Ham of Duluth had one reception for seven yards and no carries.

VIKINGS’ 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Saturday, August 11 — at Denver, W 42-28
Saturday, August 18 — Jacksonville, noon
Friday, August 24 — Seattle, 7 p.m
Thursday, August 30 — at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

VIKINGS’ 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
Sunday, Sept. 9 — San Francisco 49ers, Noon FOX
Sunday, Sept. 16 — at Green Bay Packers, Noon FOX
Sunday, Sept. 23 — Buffalo Bills, Noon CBS
Thursday, Sept. 27 — at Los Angeles Rams, 7:20 p.m. FOX and NFLN
Sunday, Oct. 7 — at Philadelphia Eagles, 3:25 p.m. FOX
Sunday, Oct. 14 — Arizona Cardinals, Noon FOX
Sunday, Oct. 21 — at New York Jets, Noon FOX
Sunday, Oct. 28 — New Orleans Saints, 7:20 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 4 — Detroit Lions, Noon FOX
Bye Week
Sunday, Nov. 18 — at Chicago Bears, Noon FOX
Sunday, Nov. 25 — Green Bay Packers, 7:20 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 2 — at New England Patriots, 3:25 p.m. FOX
Monday, Dec. 10 — at Seattle Seahawks, 7:15 p.m. ESPN
Sunday, Dec. 16 — Miami Dolphins, Noon CBS
Sunday, Dec. 23 — at Detroit Lions, Noon FOX
Sunday, Dec. 30 — Chicago Bears, Noon FOX