Minnesota Vikings: 5 Things That Must Change for Minnesota in 2013

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Minnesota Vikings: 5 Things That Must Change for Minnesota in 2013
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Nobody who followed the Minnesota Vikings closely in 2011 would have guessed that the team would be playing meaningful games in December of 2012.

The idea that the Vikings still hold out hopes of playing in January would have been flat out absurd to those who watched the train wreck that was the 3-13 season of last year. The team looked like it was in complete shambles and that any run at the playoffs was at least two or three years down the road.

Things only looked gloomier when Adrian Peterson tore up his left knee on Dec. 24, and then the Vikings beat the Redskins to drop out of any chance at drafting one of the two franchise quarterbacks that were available.

Fast forward to now and the Vikings are at 7-6 and a run at the playoffs doesn't look so far away.

Peterson's historic comeback are reasons one, two and three for the Vikings' successful campaign, but the team's depth also took a huge step forward, spearheaded by a phenomenal haul in last spring's draft.

The Vikings are still a long-shot to make the playoffs this year, and even if they do, they probably aren't good enough yet to do any damage. Here are five things they need to change to be a bigger threat in 2013.

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