Minnesota Vikings: The Biggest Early Season Storylines of 2012

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Minnesota Vikings: The Biggest Early Season Storylines of 2012
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The Minnesota Vikings are who we thought they were. 

It's a team undergoing a massive overhaul after bottoming out in the 2011 season. The problem with that is that you can't really do a massive overhaul in one offseason. Part of the overhaul includes giving three rookies plenty of playing time and mixing new blood into both the offensive and defensive rotations.

Some fans who can't take off their purple colored glasses had unrealistic goals for the 2012 season. Most of those lofty predictions were predicated on the team winning their first two games against two of the have-nots in the league.

The Vikings played down-to-the-wire games against both Jacksonville and Indianapolis, winning one and losing one. The players, coaches and Minnesota fanbase all feel like they should have won both of them. Realistically, Minnesota is looking at an up-and-down season, with seven or eight wins about the most that can be expected.

The proof is in the pudding, the Vikings played two very close games against two of the worst teams in the league. They are who we thought they were.

Here are a few of the talking points that have jumped out after two games for the Vikings. 

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