The Vikings are a team that was not quite as bad as people imagined they were back in August. 2011 was, while not a complete aberration, a bit of a nasty mirage.
There were problems, of course.
They just weren't as bad as some saw them to be. Having a healthy Adrian Peterson helped that certainly, but the defense and offensive line both were much better than expected.
There are still some huge holes to fill (wide receivers anyone?) and questions to answer (is Christian Ponder the guy?) but overall this team is not the rebuilding-from-scratch group people made it out to be.
Perhaps the biggest key to fixing what's wrong with this team is this draft class. In his first draft as GM, Rick Spielman did a masterful job of getting the right talent to fill needs.