This time of year brings the greatest amount of promise for football fans. The deficits of last season are minimized, and the promise that comes with a new crop of draft picks provides nothing but a bright future for one's favorite gridiron gang.
For fans of the Minnesota Vikings, the future is much brighter than the recent past.
After finishing last in the NFC North for the second consecutive season and tied for the most losses in franchise history, many are hoping the team has hit the bottom and are poised to make the climb back to respectability. Perhaps even a playoff position could be in the picture with improvements to the roster being made on both sides of the ball.
There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the Vikings heading into the 2012 season.
Here are the top 10 reasons to believe that 2012 will be better than 2011.