The Minnesota Vikings host the Green Bay Packers this Sunday with the fate of their 2012 season on the line. Win and they're in the playoffs, lose and, barring a string of other teams also losing, their offseason begins on Monday morning.
If only the path to a successful 2013 was only so clear.
The 2012 version of the Vikings got on the back of Adrian Peterson and simply ran over and around enough opponents to far exceed any rational expectations that were set for them before the season.
The offense was one-dimensional, but that one dimension was so good, so valuable, that the Vikings were able to outscore most of their opponents. The defense took remarkable steps forward from the dismal 2011 season that saw it as one of the worst units in the league.
The third unit, the special teams, had one of, if not the very best season in Vikings history. Rookie kicker Blair Walsh was a draft-day steal that constantly shortened the field for the offense and lengthened it for the defense.
Leslie Frazier and his staff have done a fantastic job with the X-factor on this football team. The dedication and attitude on the 2012 Vikings has never wavered during a season that's provided many opportunities to do so. Simply put, there aren't any bad apples on this team, and that's a credit to the coaching staff and the leaders on the team.
When Adrian Peterson is the hardest working player on your team and has the most positive attitude on your team, the rest of the roster will follow.
As positive as the 2012 campaign has been, there are obviously still holes to fill on the roster. An offense that has two of the most dynamic players in the league shouldn't be so one dimensional. The defense, shall we say, is very ripe in some areas and is in need of a boost of youthful talent.
Here we offer some offseason plans that will hopefully make the Vikings a solid playoff team in 2013 with a chance to make a run at the Super Bowl.