In the 2011 NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings finished with a dismal 3-13 record. The roster was aging and thin, superstar running back Adrian Peterson blew out his knee, and the defensive backfield was wracked by injuries and suspensions. There didn't seem to be a lot to look forward to heading into the new year.
Through a series of solid offseason moves, the Vikings improved their lot heading into the 2012 season. The team has what it thinks is a franchise quarterback. New GM Rick Spielman put together a solid draft, and Peterson appears to be his old defense-destroying self.
Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, the Vikings sport a 6-4 record. The team is much better than most experts predicted it would be, and the fan base has a lot to look forward to.
Here are 11 people that the Vikings and their fans should be thankful for this year...