The Minnesota Vikings begin the 2013 season Sunday afternoon in Detroit with perhaps more questions surrounding the team than ever before.
That's not to say that big things aren't expected from the Vikings this year, what it means is that nobody is really sure what to make of Leslie Frazier's club heading into the regular season.
The Las Vegas betting line on the Vikings' over/under win total is 7.5. ESPN.com has the Vikings ranked 17th out of 32 teams in their power rankings. The odds on Minnesota winning the Super Bowl are currently 40-1, the same as four other teams lumped right in the middle of the league.
Very few prognosticators see the Vikings matching their 10-win total from 2012, but nobody is predicting them to fall to the 3-13 depths of two seasons ago either.
The truth in the NFL is that there are probably two or three teams that you can be assured will win at least 10 games and two or three teams that probably won't win as many as five, and you can pretty much throw every other team into a hat when trying to predict the outcome of given season.
Injuries happen. Momentum swings happen. Young players step up and become stars. Veteran players suddenly look like they've lost a step or two. Coaches make stupid moves. Refs make bad calls. And more injuries happen.
That's just the nature of the beast heading into any NFL season, and the Vikings, like every other team, are faced with far more questions than answers as summer turns to fall.
Minnesota begins on the road this week, taking on the Detroit Lions in a game that could set an early tone in the NFC North.
So we ask: What are the biggest questions facing the Vikings in their Week 1 matchup?