Thank goodness the preseason ended on a high note for the Minnesota Vikings with a 24-23 win over the Tennessee Titans. The win gave the Vikings a 1-3 finish to the preseason—now let's get ready for the real thing.
Fans of the Vikings need to keep telling themselves it's only the preseason, that these games don't count, that you can throw the records out the window. Remember, coaches don't like to reveal too much in the preseason, and things really open up with the start of the regular season.
On top of all that, the Vikings' best player, Adrian Peterson, was only on the field for two plays the entire preseason—and on both of them, Christian Ponder faked the handoff to Peterson who took a nice, wide route into the flat, making sure he didn't get hit.
Now, after repeating the above mantra several times, take a deep cleansing breath and relax. Breath in—think only good thoughts. Breath out—expel all that bad karma. The Vikings are going to be just fine.
Feeling better? Good.
Now, let's come back to reality and pull our heads out of the sand. The Vikings have some issues that if left unaddressed will make the 2013 season an exceptionally long one.
Here's a look at some of the burning questions the Vikings are facing as the regular season looms.