Things have to get better for the Minnesota Vikings.
It's been a rough last few years for Minnesota. Since losing in the NFC Championship game after the 2009 season, the Vikings are just 24-39-1 over the last four seasons.
That record might be a lot worse if it weren't for running back Adrian Peterson, who's rushed for 5,631 yards and 46 touchdowns in those four years.
Beyond Peterson, the cumulative stats haven't been very kind to the Vikings.
Over the last four seasons, Vikings quarterbacks have thrown for 70 touchdowns while tossing 74 interceptions. For comparison's sake, the Green Bay Packers quarterbacks have thrown for 138 touchdowns and just 35 interceptions in the same time span.
It's no better on the other side of the ball. Vikings defensive backs have intercepted just 30 passes in the last four seasons. The Chicago Bears secondary has picked off 68 passes in the same span. The Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman has 20 interceptions by himself in just three seasons in the league.
That's all in the rearview mirror now, as the Vikings head toward the 2014 season with a renewed spirit and swagger. New head coach Mike Zimmer and his coaching staff bring a fiery passion to the club that's been missing for far too long.
Zimmer brings an infectious, old-school attitude that will rub off on his football team. With that in mind, we bring you four bold predictions (and four slightly less bold) for the Vikings' 2014 season.