Vikings' Biggest Obstacles in the Path to a Championship

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Vikings' Biggest Obstacles in the Path to a Championship
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The Minnesota Vikings have reached the halfway point of the 2012 season at 5-3, which is, quite honestly, ahead of most people's expectations heading into the year.

Yeah, try selling that to the fan base after Thursday night's disastrous performance at home against the Buccaneers. It was a winnable game that the purple tanked and lost 36-17. 

The only problem with the Vikings surprising 5-2 start is that it raised those expectations when it really shouldn't have. Minnesota has two wins that nobody would have predicted two months ago, beating San Francisco at home and then winning in Detroit

Those wins made it seem like the Vikings were not only a team on the verge, but a team perhaps ready to make a playoff push. That's just not reality right now.

The Vikings face a daunting second half schedule that has them playing at Seattle and Houston, as well as playing the Bears and Packers twice each.

Thursday night's game proved without a doubt that the Vikings are still a team with a lot of holes to fill. Let's take a look at the areas in which Minnesota needs to improve to be a championship contender.

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