NFL: Minnesota Vikings' 5 Sleeper Breakout Candidates of 2011

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NFL: Minnesota Vikings' 5 Sleeper Breakout Candidates of 2011
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When the 2011 NFL season kicks off, the Minnesota Vikings will find themselves submerged in the slippery purgatory that exists somewhere between rebuilding and retooling.

They're in no-man's land. Caught in the middle.

They're the Demi Moore of the NFL.

Nightmares of Los Angeles and the lockout will subside, but the memory of a horrific 2010 campaign is here to stay. Picking up the pieces will be a tall task with key veterans aging or departing, a new coaching staff playing catch-up and a rookie quarterback learning on the fly. 

Yes, the Vikings are on thin ice. There's a fine line between 10-6 and 6-10, and barring any major personnel moves, the following five players may determine whether the Vikings sink or swim in 2011. 

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