Minnesota Vikings: Dissecting Minnesota's Weakest Links

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Minnesota Vikings: Dissecting Minnesota's Weakest Links
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The Minnesota Vikings enter their bye week on a high note after beating the Detroit Lions 34-24 Sunday to hit the 10-game mark at 6-4.

They've already doubled their win total from a year ago and currently stand in the thick of the NFC playoff race. 

The good news for the Vikings is that as far as the division goes, they control their own destiny, with four of their final six games coming against the two teams ahead of them in the NFC North, the Bears and the Packers.

The bad news for their playoff hopes is probably the same news as above: They play the Bears and the Packers twice.

Nobody really knew what to make of the Vikings back in August just before the season was starting. The hope was that they'd be much better than last year, and they are. Though the Vikings brass is reluctant to use the word "rebuild," anyone who watches closely knows that one was needed. 

Minnesota has gotten big contributions from several rookies and a couple of new starters. The offense boasts two of the best players in all of football in Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin. The defense is much improved over last season, especially in the secondary.

All things considered, 6-4 heading into the bye week is a pretty solid turnaround from 2011. The most important part of the script for the 2012 season is still to be written, and Vikings fans would be wise to temper their expectations. 

This is a very young football team, and it is led by a second-year quarterback who's certainly having his ups and downs. As good as Peterson and Harvin are, the fortunes of the team, or any NFL team, lie at the feet of the quarterback.

As we look forward to the final six games of the season, we dissect what at this point are the Vikings weakest links moving forward.

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