After a two-year absence from the postseason that has seen the team compile a lackluster 9-23 record, the Minnesota Vikings returned to the playoffs with a 10-win campaign in 2012-13. They lost to the division-rival Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card Round.
Although the quick elimination was disappointing, the season as a whole was a sign of progress. The Vikings improved by seven wins and should continue to get better as they surround Adrian Peterson with talent.
Of course, Peterson was the main reason Minnesota was able to make such a quick turnaround. The dynamic running back returned from a knee injury to put up monster numbers, carrying the team on his back in the process.
As long as the Vikings have a successful offseason and aren't forced to rely solely on him again, they will be even more dangerous come playoff time next season.
Let's examine each area of the team and note where the Vikings need to upgrade in the draft or perhaps free agency.