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Preview: 49ers an impressive first test

LaMichael James (Ed Szczepanski/US Presswire)

The Vikings don't plan to play their starters long, but San Francisco casts an imposing starting lineup. After loading up on offensive playmakers, the 49ers look as potent as ever.

As the Vikings open the 2012 preseason Friday night, they're looking to erase the memory of a 2011 season that was nothing short of a disaster. Their first opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, is on the flip side of that coin. Not only are the 49ers coming off a 13-3 season (only Green Bay had a better record), they addressed their offensive deficiencies in a big way since losing to the New...

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