Before anyone gets too bent out of shape with that headline, let me clarify: The Minnesota Vikings have achieved above and beyond anyone's wildest dreams so far in 2012.
At 4-1 and atop the NFC North, the Vikings appear to be so far ahead of schedule that talking about what's been disappointing so far is almost comically negative. The Vikings' front office and coaching staff insisted this summer that the team was not in rebuilding mode, that they just needed an offseason to incorporate the new players into the system.
All those who watch the team closely just rolled their eyes and hoped for the best.
Five weeks in to the new season and our eyes have stopped rolling.
Every year in the NFL there are a couple of teams who nobody saw coming, who get on a roll and end up being far better than anyone had predicted. It's a momentum league—just last year, the New York Giants got into the playoffs on the last day of the season and then steamrolled their way to the Super Bowl.
Any disappointment anyone has toward any Viking right now is just nit-picking. All units are playing well and the momentum ball is getting bigger and bigger in the purple's favor.
Having said all that, allow us to do our "Skip Bayless ripping LeBron James" imitation and mention a few players who could step up their game in order for the Vikings to stay on their successful course.