What Every Fan Needs to Know About the 2013 Minnesota Vikings

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What Every Fan Needs to Know About the 2013 Minnesota Vikings
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The Minnesota Vikings' surprising 2012 season brings with it something that its third-year head coach and third-year quarterback might not be ready for: raised expectations.

Following the dismal 3-13 season of 2011, most Vikings fans were hopeful for a 2012 season that brought the team back up to around .500. A season of bottoming out looked like it might take two to three years to right the ship and get back to being a contender.

Now just a season removed from the disastrous 3-13 campaign, everything has changed. Leslie Frazier has gone from being a coach with his proverbial head on the chopping block, to the steady hand that will lead the Vikings for years to come.

It's funny what a 10-6 season and a playoff appearance can do.

Frazier and general manager Rick Spielman have done a masterful job of making the Vikings relevant again in just one season. But with last year's success comes bigger expectations moving forward. Minnesota will be expected to once again contend for the NFC North title and to make a run in the playoffs for the 2013 season to be considered a success.

As the summer days melt away towards the beginning of training camp, here are the things every Vikings fan needs to know heading into the 2013 season.

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