Coming off a surprising 2012 season that saw the Minnesota Vikings go 10-6 and make the playoffs, expectations heading into 2013 are as high as they've been in the Leslie Frazier era.
With that in mind, let's take a deep dive and look at every starting position for the Vikings heading into the coming season to see if the high expectations have merit.
It's no secret that Minnesota is led by returning MVP Adrian Peterson and boasts a roster that has far more depth than it had in the last two seasons.
But, like every team in the NFL, the Vikings have plenty of question marks. First and foremost, doubts remain about the play at quarterback. Christian Ponder is entering his third season as a starter, and he's yet to prove that he's capable of making the team better with him at the helm.
It doesn't help that an 0-3 start in the preseason has Vikings fans' nerves as frayed as Miley Cyrus' public relations team.
Take a deep breath. After Thursday night's glorified scrimmage against the Tennessee Titans, the slate will be wiped clean, and the Vikings will be 0-0 like everyone else in the league.
As the preseason winds down, it's time to look at every Vikings starter and decide what the fair expectations are heading into the regular season.